About Jane

Jane Tomaine

Jane Tomaine is an Episcopal priest, author and retreat leader. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from Ohio State University, both in organ performance.

Following a career with AT&T she left corporate life, earning both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity degrees from the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. As part of her doctoral program she introduced the Rule of St. Benedict to her parish, St. Peter’s in Livingston, New Jersey, where she was rector, through a parish-wide study, liturgical and renewal program.

During this program she wrote a book on the Rule of Benedict for her parish, St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living, available through Morehouse Publishing and online at Amazon.com. She also contributed to the series on Benedictine living from Abbey Press, Notes from A Monastery, writing the booklet “Living Simply”.  Jane’s latest book, published in February 2017 by SkyLight Paths Publishing, is an annotation of the Rule –  The Rule of Benedict: Christian Monastic Wisdom for Daily Living.

Jane currently teaches courses and leads workshops and retreats on the Rule and Benedictine spirituality at parishes, monasteries and retreat centers,. She is also Priest Associate at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey. Jane lives in Mountainside, NJ with her husband John Tomaine and four independent felines –  Ricky, Charlotte, Esperanza (Espy, for short) and Nikki.