Sister Greta Ronningen, MA
Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sr. Greta
spent much of her youth in Albuquerque, New
Mexico. She holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual
Formation from Claremont School of Theology.
She serves as a chaplain in the Los Angeles County Jails and Juvenile Halls, working primarily with both adult women and youth. Sr. Greta teaches yoga, with over 35 experience. She is a spiritual director, writer and retreat leader. Sr. Greta enjoys gardening, the evidence of which can
be seen in the beautiful garden areas around the monastery and the fresh vegetables on the table
Brother Dennis Gibbs
Originally from Nampa, Idaho, Br. Dennis has
lived in California since 1981, first in northern California, before settling in the Los Angeles area
in 1991. A deacon in the Diocese of Los Angeles,
he is the Director for Prism Restorative Justice, a
ministry that provides spiritual care for the
incarcerated in the Los Angeles County Jails and
Juvenile Halls. Br.Dennis is a spiritual director, writer
and retreat leader. Artistically inclined, he has
restored a number of artifacts that now have made
their home throughout the monastery.
Sister Michelle Johnston (MJ)
Sr. MJ was admitted as a Novice on June 18
at Vespers. She is a native of southern California.
As she enters the monastic life, Sr. MJ leaves a career in
Information Technology Management, most recently
with the City of Fontana, California. She has been a
member of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California
where she has been actively involved in several
ministries over the years including GALAS and Lay
Counseling. Sr. MJ's relationship with CDL began several
years ago when she was received as an Oblate and
has continued through the discernment experience
that has led to this moment in response to God's call
to the monastery. We are happy to have her with us.