Virginia Gray Henry, a native Kentuckian, studied world religion and art history at Sarah Lawrence and then taught filmmaking in New York. In1968, she and her husband sailed to Morocco and drove across North Africa to take up scholarships at Al Azhar University in Cairo. Their daughter Haajar was born in Libya on the way and their son Mustafa later in Cairo. After a decade of studying Tajweed, Fiqh and Hadith, they moved to Cambridge, England and founded the Islamic Texts Society in 1979 in order to publish English translations of Islamic classical texts and other works which would help Islam be properly understood. There she completed an M.A. in Education, became a research fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and began doctoral work at Oxford now being completed at Canterbury's Faculty of Divinity. In 1990, she returned to Louisville so that her parents could die at home and took up a post in academic development at Bellarmine University where Thomas Merton's works are archived. Honoring Merton, she ran the Year of Tibet for Kentucky, visited Tibet and produced the first scholarly work and video on Islam in Tibet. In 1994, the Dalai Lama came to Louisville and Gray also set up a gathering at his request in 2007 where the Dalai Lama met with Muslim scholars and dignitaries in San Francisco. Fons Vitae is now arranging a follow up meeting to be held at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. After her parents' death, Gray worked in Bosnian refugee camps and went on to publish books for their young people. In 1997, she opened up Fons Vitae in order to continue publishing and began creating interfaith events and annual interfaith festivals for her region. She continues lecturing in universities, churches, even to the novices at the Gethsemani Monastery and most recently in March joined Shaykh Hamza Yusef at a congress in Mauritania where she also had the great honor of meeting his beloved teacher in the far reaches of the desert.