Brad Karelius

Creative Nonfiction Writer

29602 Via Cebolla Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Author's Bio

Father Brad Karelius is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saddleback Community College, Mission Viejo, California since 1973, teaching popular world religions courses. He is also an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles, having served St. Mary's Parish, Laguna Beach, CA; Messiah Parish, Santa Ana, CA; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Placentia, CA and currently St. Clement's Parish, San Clemente, CA. He is author of The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Ownes Valley (2009); Encounters with the World's Religions: The Numinous on Highway 395 (2015); and Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest (2018). He is an Honorary Canon of the Catheral Center of St. Paul, Los Angeles. Memberships include: American Academy of Religion, Association of Catholic Publishers, Western Writers of America, California Cattlemen's Association, Arizona Archaeological Association and Western Folklore Society. His current writing projects include desert spirituality and spirituality for men. He is a frequent workshop facilitator at the Emmaus Spirituality Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

Literary agent: 
Denis Clarke

Publications & Prizes

Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest (Wipf and Stock, 2018)
Encounters with the World's Religions: The Numinous on Highway 395 (Wipf and Stock, 2015)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Belden Lane, Anne Hillerman, Tony Hillerman, Walter Brueggemann, Jack Miles, Thomas Merton, Louis L'Amour, Charles Taylor.
What I'm reading now: 
Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story by Jack Miles

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Immigration
Fluent in: 
German, Spanish, Swedish
Born in: 
Pasadena, CA
Raised in: 
Pasadena, CA
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Last update: Dec 07, 2019