Our Spiritual Leader, Rev. Duchess Dale

RDD May 2016Rev. Duchess Dale became the Spiritual Director of Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living in January, 2016. Her professional ministry journey began when she graduated ministerial training in 1987 taught by Dr. Leo Fishbeck at the RSI Glendale Church of Religious Science. Prior to graduating Holmes Institute Ministerial Training in 1997, she served as a Practitioner at the Agape Church of Religious Science for 10 years with Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith where she was the co-founder and Director of the Animal Kinship Ministry, an ongoing pastoral care outreach program that later spread throughout other Centers.

She was ordained in September, 2000 while Rev. Duchess was serving as the Assistant Minister of the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science with Rev. Mark Vierra. There, she had the opportunity to use both her theatrical and her ministerial training.

Starting in 2001, for six years, Rev. Duchess was the Senior Minister at Pacific Church of Religious Science in San Diego before becoming the C.S.O. at the Chico New Thought Center in 2008 for seven years.

One of her proudest spiritual accomplishments was being invited by the Best Friends Animal Society to collaborate on the historical Religious Proclamation for Animal Compassion which she co-authored and helped present to the U.S. Congress in 2007.

Besides being a dynamic speaker and leader, Rev. Duchess loves to write. Her first book, How May I Love You, Today? was published in 2009 and she continues to be a regular contributor to Inner Visions Magazine published by the Agape International Center, as well as Science of Mind Magazine in-between sneaking time to work on her next book.

Her popular blog, Breath Space, http://breathspace.blogspot.com/ is an interesting look at life through her unique, personal perspective.

When she has free time, she spends it with her husband, Don, attending or performing in theatre; and watching baseball or movies with their adopted fur-children, feline Beauregard, and their dog, Chai.