Steve Givens is a retreat and spiritual director, and widely published writer on issues of faith and spirituality. He is also a musician, composer and singer who lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife Sue. They have two grown and married children and Steve is “Pop” to three grandchildren, Noah, Kate and Laney, with two more on the way!
Steve has been a regular contributor to Living Faith for more than 30 years and to Living Faith Kids since its inception. He is the author of a series of booklets for Catholic kids and families (many co-written with his wife and son) published by Creative Communications for the Parish and Liguori Publications. He is also a monthly “Faith Perspectives” columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and an occasional contributor to magazines like Catholic Digest and Liguorian. He sees his job as a devotional writer as opening and interpreting the Word of God for all, and he especially enjoys “remembering what it’s like to be a kid” when he writes for Living Faith Kids.
Diagnosed in 2007 with a rare blood disease, Steve underwent chemotherapy treatment for more than three years, and that experience is the subject of his book, Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith (Twenty-Third Publications).
A native of St. Louis and a long-time university administrator, he recently retired as associate vice chancellor and chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of the Spiritual Direction program at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, where he now takes occasional classes and sits on the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Through the Bridges Foundation, he is a prayer companion for individuals praying the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
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