I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Dance has always been my passion. I began taking ballet and tap lessons as a child and continue to this day, using dance as an art form for healing Earth.
In the 1980′s I studied Liturgical Dance with Carla DeSola and became a choreographer of this style which I have been able to integrate into the beauty of liturgy as an embodied expression of praise and adoration of the Divine.
I joined the Passionist nuns, a monastic community of women in 1982 with a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Fordham University. During my novitiate in 1984, Thomas Berry, who was a priest in the same congregation came to the monastery to give us classes on The Universe Story and our Role as Humans in that Story.
Thomas became my mentor and guide and I began to study with him at the Riverdale Center for Religious Research in NYC. He continued to mentor me until his death in 2009.
During my years at my former monastery I founded and directed, Homecomings: Center for Ecology and Contemplation, (1990-1999) served on the Leadership Team as Councilor and Novice director of the community, (1992-1999) obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (1993) and began traveling around the world giving retreats to congregations of men and women religious based on my work with Thomas Berry (1990-present).
I have been a workshop presenter and speaker at gatherings such as: The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Congregational Chapters of Men and Women, Sisters of Earth, Spiritual Directors International, Catholic Theological Union, and international gatherings of congregations such as the Passionists, Good Shepherd Sisters and Sisters of St Joseph. I have also given retreats and programs to religious congregations in Australia, the Philippines, Peru and seminaries, formation houses and universities throughout India and Indonesia.
I am passionate about giving myself fully to the fire of Christ’s love and its energy to transform the world, and connecting with others whose deep desire is the same. For the past two years I have been involved with the Evolutionary Collective, an extraordinary gathering of spiritually adventurous men and women deeply committed to this individual and collective transformation within the Field of higher emergence.
I want to wholeheartedly contribute to the revival of women’s religious life in North America and invite vibrant women into this vital dimension of the tradition.
Listen to the interview : Patricia Albere from the Evolutionary Collective with Sr Gail: Unbearable Love: The Evolution of the Heart in the Christian Tradition
Sister Gail was interviewed, in December 2010 for the Advent of Evolutionary Christianity teleseries. Listen to that conversation here: