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Judy Lee

Deacon 2010

Priest 2011

Judith A. B. Lee, DMin, MS, DSW is the Pastoral Director of Good Shepherd Ministries serving the culturally diverse poor of Southwest Florida.  Called to serve early, she continues to follow Jesus whose inclusive love, call of women, and revolutionary poor people’s movement turns the world, including the religious establishment, upside down.  She combines her social work background with healing and liberating ministry with the poor and all who are outcast. Since 2008 she and Judy Beaumont, RCWP, her awe-inspiring partner, are Co-Pastors of The Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community of Fort Myers, Florida.   She is Professor Emerita at the University of Connecticut and is a prolific writer whose work includes Come By Here: Church with the Poor, (2010,, now AmericaStar;  Ven Aqui: La Iglesia De Los Pobres (2014,; The Empowerment Approach To Social Work Practice: Building the Beloved Community (Columbia University Press, 2001); The Flame Keeper And Other Poems (PublishAmerica, 2007); and The House on Sunny Street- My Two Brooklyns: with an Epilogue of Blessings (2013, now America  Her blog is and she can be reached at

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