Sister Linda Gibler, O.P.
Sister Linda Gibler, O.P.
Sister Linda Gibler was born in New London, Connecticut. She is one of five children and they were raised in Groton, Connecticut. The coastal town she lived in during these years gave her a fondness for tall trees, wide rivers and rocky beaches. Her father is a native Houstonian and eventually found his way back to the Lone Star state once the children were grown. Eventually the children followed and now everyone is scattered around Texas.
Sister Linda received a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Anthropology with Honors in Life Science Ethics from the William Paterson State College of New Jersey before moving to Texas.
In 1986 Sister Linda entered Sacred Heart Convent joining the Dominican Sisters of Houston. This same year she began working as a hospital chaplain at Ben Taub Hospital.Beginning in 1989, she served as the Director of Social Ministry for the Prince of Peace Catholic Community for eight years. One of her favorite memories was from her time spent in this community. “Each year parishioners were asked to bring colored Easter eggs with them to Easter Mass. Volunteers collected the eggs at the doors of the church and brought then to homeless shelters in downtown Houston as part of Sunday breakfast. We would collect hundreds of dozens of colored eggs! There was this little girl in an Easter dress complete with a bonnet offering a basket of Easter eggs to an elderly homeless man. Recalling her joyfulness and the tenderness in his acceptance of the gift still softens my heart.”
During this time she also served on the Medical Ethics Board at Cypress Fairbanks Community Hospital and later was Lead Case Manager at the Breast and Cervical Cancer Care Program for the Texas Department of Health. She also studied at Aquinas Institute of Theology earning a MA in Pastoral Studies and her preaching certificate.
Sister Linda began studies in cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in 1999. She completed her MA in 2001 and graduated with her PhD in Philosophy and Religion, Concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness in 2007. Her book, From the Beginning to Baptism: Scientific and Sacred Stories of Water, Oil and Fire, was published by Litergical Press in 2010.
Currently Sister Linda is involved in several things. She is the Assistant Professor of Science and Religion and Associate Academic Dean at the Oblate School of Theology. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Sister Linda is a leader in the community giving workshops, lectures and offering days of prayer for many different groups on topics related to ecology and religion, evolution, care of creation and how attending to creation is an essential part of Catholic tradition.
From notes submitted by Sister Linda Gibler, O.P. 2014.