Ann Naffziger

1212 Versailles Ave., Alameda, CA 94501


  • Master of Arts in Biblical Languages, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 2003 (concentration in biblical Hebrew)
  • Master of Divinity – Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, 2002

Professional Experience

Associate Director - The Pastoral Center (2016-current)

  • Perform editorial responsibilities, including copyediting and product development
  • Provide ministry support to parish leaders.

Author, Spirituality & Pastoral Ministry (1997-present)

  • Author of dozens of pastoral resources published through The Pastoral Center, including:
    • The Catholic Way: Sessions & Handouts for Praying, Learning, and Living the Faith, 2018
    • The Catholic Way: Breaking Open the Word, 2018-present
    • Word of the Week lectionary-based reflections, 2018-present
    • Multiple series for Growing Up Catholic Parent Conversations, 2016-2019
    • The Way of the Cross for Children, The Way of the Cross for Teens, Bearing the Cross Today, 2019-2022
    • Author of the Q&A scripture column for Busted Halo , an online publication of the Paulists
    • Authored and published articles on theological, biblical, and spiritual topics in such periodicals as America, Commonweal, National Catholic Reporter, Spiritual Life, Celebration, and The Catholic Voice

Spiritual Director – Oakland Diocese, CA (2001-present)

  • Provide individual spiritual direction to local parishioners, college students, GTU Divinity students, pastoral ministers (Catholic and Protestant), and Jesuit Volunteers
  • Facilitate groups and direct retreatants making the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
  • Teach and facilitate six week “Learning to Pray” series for local parishes
  • Trained at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 2001

Scripture Instructor – Oakland and Reno Dioceses (2002-present)

  • Taught parish classes in the Oakland Diocese: St. Columba, West Oakland Deanery, St. John the Baptist (San Lorenzo), St. Augustine (Oakland), St. Joseph Basilica (Alameda), St. Philip Neri (Alameda), Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Hall (Berkeley), St. Francis of Assisi (Concord)
  • Courses include: Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, Introduction to the Pentateuch, The Gospel of Mark, Overview of the Four Gospels, The Infancy Narratives, Luke-Acts
  • Taught biblical workshops for Diocese of Reno’s diaconate class and School for Pastoral Ministry

RCIA & Adult Faith Formation Director – Corpus Christi Parish, Piedmont, CA (2016-2020)

  • Directed the RCIA program
  • Taught scripture classes and offered faith formation talks for the entire parish
  • Coordinated and facilitated parent group discussions

Adjunct Lecturer – Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (2014-2016)

  • Supervised field education placements, including site visits, for 2nd year MDiv students
  • Facilitated weekly theological reflection class for MDiv field education students
  • Assisted with class preparation and advising in connection with the field education class

Assistant Adjunct Lecturer – Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (2012-2014)

  • Facilitated weekly theological reflection groups for MDiv field education students

Certified Hospital Chaplain – Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, CA (2003-2008)

  • Provided pastoral ministry and spiritual care to patients and families in crisis
  • Certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains
  • Completed four units of CPE residency at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, 2003-2004

Director of Faith Formation – St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo (2005-2007)

  • Coordinated the religious education program for 250 children in kindergarten through eighth grade in English and Spanish
  • Supervised the Director of the Spanish language children’s faith formation
  • Directed the second largest RCIA program in the Oakland Diocese

Editor and Researcher – Berkeley, CA (2000-2003)

  • Edited three books for Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
  • Researched biblical topics and copy edited various articles and lectures

Director of RCIA – West Oakland Catholic Deanery, Oakland, CA (2001-2003)

  • Directed the joint RCIA program for the five parishes of the West Oakland Diocese
  • Facilitated liturgical rites and celebrations with the respective pastors of the five parishes

Area Director, Jesuit Volunteer Corps – Portland, Oregon (1997-1999)

  • Interviewed, placed, and supervised 25-30 Jesuit volunteers working in full-time social justice and ministry positions in western Oregon and Washington
  • Directed four annual retreats for the volunteers
  • Facilitated theological reflection among the individual volunteers and their lay communities.