Susan Annette Muto (b. 1942)  is executive director of the Epiphany Association and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Muto has lectured and written extensively in the field of spiritual reading and more recently in lay spirituality within the Roman Catholic tradition, particularly emphasizing women’s issues.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Susan received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970 for her dissertation on the symbolism of evil in Dante’s Paradise Lost. From 1966 until 1988 she served as an administrator and faculty member at the Institute of Formative Spirituality at Duquesne University.

As professor she taught courses in formative reading of spiritual classics and wrote several books on the subject, including Approaching the Sacred: An Introduction to Spiritual Reading, Steps Along the Way: The Path of Spiritual Reading, A Practical Guide to Spiritual Reading, and The Journey Homeward: On the Road of Spiritual Reading. Together with her courses, these books helped to develop the concept of formative reading of spiritual classics into a recognized field within Christian spirituality. Susan is best known for her work in this field.

In 1988 she and Adrian van Kaam, founder of the Institute of Formative Spirituality, established the Epiphany Association, a lay institute for spiritual formation. In addition to her own books, which include Womanspirit, Table of Plenty: Good Food for Body and Spirit, and four books on John of the Cross, she has continued to coauthor books with van Kaam, from The Emergent Self, published in 1968, to The Commandments: Ten Ways to a Happy Life and a Healthy Soul.

Dr. Muto continues to lecture and lead retreats and seminars in addition to writing and teaching courses for universities and seminaries. Her most recent book is Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life.


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