J. Basil Dannebohm
Founder of The Society of Our Lady, Healer of Hearts
Over the course of his career as a writer, speaker, and consultant, J. Basil Dannebohm worked with an international clientele from a broad range of industry including: technology, real estate, radio, television, newspapers, magazines, religious and non-profit organizations, film festivals, tourism and entertainment venues.
Accustom to a fast paced, jet setter, on-the-go lifestyle, Basil's way of life took a dramatic turn in the summer of 2012 when he was diagnosed with post encephalitic extrapyramidal disease, resulting in clinical parkinsonism.
Trading the corporate world for his, "new normal," Dannebohm focused his attention on speaking engagements where he would address such topics as economic development, social media engagement, and collaborative approaches to business and community. Basil’s presentations have been enjoyed by audiences nationwide. Known for his straight forward candor and often humorous approach, he has a distinct style of presentation that’s anything but boring.
In 2015, he briefly served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 113th District. While his time in politics was brief due to his health, Representative-Emeritus Dannebohm stood for his convictions and his constituents, even when it meant going against the “platform.” His short-lived political career caused Basil to be admired by some and sharply criticized by others. Since leaving office, Dannebohm has distanced himself from politics entirely.
While he remains a sought after advisor, straight-forward life coach and candid counselor, Basil instead chooses to observe a certain amount of enclosure for the sake of a contemplative life. Such a lifestyle is known as an interior life, a life which seeks God in everything, a life of prayer and the practice of living in the presence of God with a determined focus on internal prayer versus external actions. In his book, Soul of the Apostolate, theologian Jean-Baptiste Chautard states that the evangelization of people is but a result of one's inner life of union with God. This theory supporting the concept of an interior life, is echoed by numerous other theologians and philosophers alike, including: Reginald Garrigou-Lagrang, Josef Pieper, St. Josemaría Escrivá, St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; and perhaps most notably by Thomas a Kempis in his book, The Imitation of Christ.
The majority of Basil's time is spent writing and reflecting, though he does venture out for the occasional recreational outing, shopping and necessary appointments.
Dannebohm is a member of the Catholic Press Association, the International Marian Association, the Knights of Columbus, and the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.
Special Assistant to the Founder
A native of Denver, Colorado, Gregory Robertson is a master iconographer and has extensive knowledge of Eastern Christianity. Highlights of Robertson's career include working as a tour manager in the music industry, a professional wrestler, and an Eastern Christian monastic.
More than a special assistant, Robertson has been a spiritual brother and faithful friend to Representative-Emeritus Dannebohm since 2008.