About Esther

My name is Esther Hizsa and I live in Burnaby, B.C. with my husband, Fred. We have two grown children: Rudy (married to Corinne) and Heidi (married to Jeremy) and two grandchildren, Hadrian and Hannah.

I work as a spiritual director and writer. I was trained as spiritual director (SoulStream) 2007-2010. In 2013 I was trained to give the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and am a member of the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver (fancy name for a group of us who have been trained to give the Spiritual Exercises). I am also a facilitator in SoulStream’s spiritual formation course Living from the Heart (Lower Mainland). I facilitate retreats and preach occasionally. I published my first book, Stories of an Everyday Pilgrim, in 2015 and my second one, Seed Cracked Open: Stories of an Everyday Pilgrim, Volume 2 in 2019. See also Published Works.

Here’s a link to a video I did for Living from the Heart about Prayer

A video posted by the author.

From 2006 to  2014, I worked part-time as the associate pastor of New Life Community Church. I oversaw local outreach, helped new people get connected, led a contemplative group that meets weekly, preached occasionally, and organized arts collective gatherings and our annual arts worship service. It was a princess job because I got to do what I enjoyed. But God called me to be less busy so I left that job December 31, 2014. We now attend St.Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church.

My first career was in nursing, but I gave that up when Heidi was born. It wasn’t a fit anyway. I liked writing songs, stories, and poems for kids, and teaching Sunday school better. In 1991 I recorded Ride Your Dreams and performed at Christian schools and church events.

Tieras in Bora Bora croppedBut God was calling us on another adventure. We sold our house, packed up our things, bought a forty-foot sailboat, and from 1992-95 we went sailing. We travelled west around the world as far as Turkey. Rudy and Heidi, were 10 and 7 years old when we left and when we returned three years later they received awards as seasoned offshore sailors from the Bluewater Cruising Association.

Back home again I worked as a youth and children’s pastor until 2003, a residential care worker with developmentally disabled adults (sleep-over night shift on weekends) until 2007 and completed my Master of Divinity degree from Regent College in 2005.

Banff08 020I like riding Gracie, my road bike, with Fred and hanging out with family (particularly our two grandchildren), playing Scrabble and watching movies.

You can contact me at aneverydaypilgrim@gmail.com

Here’s why I started this blog.

Approach to Cirque Peak


Photo of cycling Fred and Esther by Ron Frehner. Used with permission.
Photo of Tieras and crew in Bora Bora, French Polynesia, 1993 by Cheryl Green. Used with permission.
Banner photo: “Tofino, untouched” by Tony Horabin. Used with permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013
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13 Responses to About Esther

  1. Congratulations, Esther!


  2. Shari laurie says:

    Hey Esther! Can’t believe I stumbled across your site while crusing for worship art


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  5. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday mom!


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  8. Cam Anderson says:

    Nice blog!

    Liked by 1 person

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  10. Perpetua says:

    I like the word pilgrim. It reminds me of my favourite song learnt in childhood. It goes …
    Man is lonely by birth
    Man is only a pilgrim on earth
    Born to be king
    But that’s a temporary thing
    Only on loan while on earth.


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