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About Us | Touching The Spirit

Voice of the Soul, Music of the Heart

About Us

Norman King, B.A., S.T.B., M.A., Ph.D.,

norm-01 Norman King is the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict, Assumption University, Windsor and Director of Theology and Acting Principal, Iona College, Windsor Ontario.  He is a board member of numerous organizations in the Windsor and Essex area, including the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society, the Windsor Homes Coalition, Unicom, and he is the Treasurer for the Windsor University Retirees Association.

Norman has taught, written, and lectured over a wide range of themes and topics for the past thirty years. He was educated at Toronto and Laval Universities in Western literature and philosophy, with doctoral studies in systematic theology and contemporary religious thought and spirituality. He has focused especially on the human quest for meaning in the twentieth century in its personal, interpersonal and social dimensions, with some emphasis on the work of German theologian Karl Rahner and American essayist Thomas Merton.

His courses have included themes in religion and spirituality in dialogue with ritual studies, literature, psychology  and sociology. In more recent years, he has expanded his teaching areas to include Greek mythology, Canadian multiculturalism and spirituality and music.  Norman has authored two books and numerous articles, chiefly in the area of contemporary spiritual thought, ethics and business and music and spirituality. He continues to teach and write in these areas.

In connection with the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair, he has coordinated an Interfaith Group and organized symposia on peace, attitudes to children, the role of women and the changing role of men, with perspectives from representatives of major religious tradition. He has also given public lectures on “Thomas Merton on Non-Violence” and “Karl Rahner on Interfaith Dialogue and Peace.”

Jane Ripley, Honours B.Mus., CHM, RMT

jane-01 Music Teacher, Choral Director and Workshop Clinician
Professor, Spirituality and Music, Iona College, Windsor, ON.

Jane obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music degree in vocal music from the University of Windsor. She also holds a diploma in Church Music from the same institution, where she remained on the Dean’s Honour roll each year and was awarded the Board of Governors’ for excellence upon graduation.

Jane maintains a private voice, piano and theory studio in Chatham, Ontario, and is currently the President of the Chatham-Kent branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association. She is also a qualified elementary school teacher. Over the past many years, Jane has directed several vocal ensembles and community and church choirs. She is currently the director of the Gallery Choir at Corpus Christi Church in Windsor, Ontario. In 2012, under her leadership, this choir released a CD of choral music, entitled Rain Down, featuring the Prayer of St. Patrick.

In 2003, Jane released an instrumental CD of hymn selections entitled Come to My Heart, touching the spirit. The CD was so popular that it sold out after two printings. Jane has written several hymns that are currently sung in church communities in Canada and the United States. One hymn on the  2003 CD Long Before a Time composed by Jane Ripley copyright 2003 features Dara Zusko (violin) and Martin Kobele (cello) and Jane Ripley (keyboard).

To secure permission for use of the music or to obtain the words for Long Before a Time, and/or to inquire about the purchase of the CD, Rain Down, contact us.