Born and educated in England, Lucinda emigrated to Canada to further her career in book publishing and author representation. She sold her own company of literary agents in l993, married business ethics consultant, writer and theologian, John Dalla Costa and renovated an ancient house in Tuscany, Italy. After training as an experiential teacher and gestalt facilitator in San Francisco, she served on the faculty of the Living Spirit programme at the Transpersonal Therapy Centre as well as guided retreats and pilgrimages to the sites of Italian saints.
In 2001 she co-sponsored an international conference in Toronto called Anima: The Soul of the Feminine, which encompassed all religions including psychology and philosophy and became the springboard for the founding of a membership of women helping local women and those in need as far afield as Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. In 2012 she formed a new lay community for Catholic women under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Toronto, called The Contemplative Women of St. Anne, whose charism is silence, prayer and the study of women contemplative saints and holy women.
Most recently she was moved to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to define "a profound theology of women" by organizing, with some colleagues at the Vatican, a series of international seminars in Rome called "Towards an Intrinsic Feminine Theology."
She has written and published many books and edited anthologies, as well as translated spiritual texts from French and Italian.
Her most favourite pastimes are tending gardens and playing the piano.
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