A conversation with Ann Garrido

Please join U.S. Catholic in a conversation with Ann Garrido, author of #rules_of_engagement: 8 Christian Habits for Being Good and Doing Good Online. The event will take place on Thursday, May 6 at 1 p.m. CST and can be viewed live on the U.S. Catholic Facebook page.

Do you behave on social media as the Christian you want to be? Are you dismayed at the often divisive and cruel exchanges you read online?

Ann Garrido has a passion for bringing the best research and practice around healthy communication and conflict management from the business world into the church world. She travels nationally and internationally helping communities discuss the topics they find toughest to talk about.

The oldest of eight children in a Catholic family from St. Louis, Missouri, some of Garrido’s earliest memories involve constructing elaborate lesson plans and schedules for an attic academy that her siblings refused to attend. By the age of twelve, she was designing weeklong retreat experiences . . . that her siblings also refused to attend.

Forced to ply her trade outside the home, Garrido joined the ranks of Catholic school educators in 1991. After four years teaching middle school and high school on the Pacific island of Guam, she pursued her Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching at Aquinas Institute of Theology and joined the Institute’s faculty in 2000.

Over the past two decades Garrido has taught a range of courses in pastoral theology, homiletics, and catechetics while also serving in a variety of administrative positions. Ongoing reflection on her experience as an educator and administrator has led to a number of publications and speaking engagements.  She is the author of eight books, as well as numerous essays and articles. She has visited all 50 states and 20 countries, having spoken in over 200 diocesan, university, health care, educational, and business settings.

In 2013, Garrido affiliated with Triad Consulting Group, a global corporate education and communications consulting firm founded by two members of the Harvard Negotiation Project. She now splits her time between offices in St. Louis, Missouri and Cambridge, Massachusetts and her apartment in Miami, Florida where she resides with her very understanding husband.

You can read more about Garrido and her work at anngarrido.com.