Joan M. McCarthy, CSJ, Director
M. McCarthy, CSJ has been ministering in spirituality programs
since 1973. The current Director at St. Joseph Retreat Center,
Sister Joan was one of the first directors at the Retreat
Center when the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston opened it
to the public in 1974. In the intervening years, Sister Joan
ministered full-time at Gonzaga Retreat House in East Gloucester
for approximately seven years; at an ecumenical, residential
treatment center in Canada for two years; on the Congregation
Formation Team for four years; and in Congregational Leadership
for six years. Over the years Sister Joan has led hundreds
of four-day to 30-day retreats at numerous retreat centers
in the United States and in Wales, Ireland, England, and Canada.
For the past nine years Sister Joan has co-directed an eight-month
weekly Spiritual Direction Internship Program which is held
in Brighton, MA. Sister Joan has Masters degrees in Biology
and Pastoral Counseling, as well as certificates from full-time
programs at the Institute of Religious Formation, St. Louis,
Missouri, and the Center for Religious Development, Cambridge,
M. Doyle, SSJ,
Doyle, SSJ has been ministering as a spiritual director, retreat
director, and supervisor of spiritual directors for 24 years.
Sister Karen served the past 12 years at St. Ignatius Retreat
House, Manhasset, NY as director of the formation program
for adjuncts and staff associates, director of the 30 day
retreat practicum, and co-director of the supervision practicum.
Prior to that Sister Karen served 8 years on staff at the
Center for Spirituality in Chestnut Hill, PA, offering 8-day
and 30-day retreats; and 4 years on staff in Guelph, Canada
. She has been involved in the formation of spiritual directors
in Ignatian Spirituality in the US, Canada, Taiwan, Denmark
and the Philippines, and has served as Director of the Spiritual
Exercises (Annotation 19 and 20). She holds a D.Min in Spiritual
Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation, IN; an
MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, NE;
a BS in Psychology and a Certificate in Supervision from Chestnut
Hill College, PA.
Support Services Co-Coordinator
responsibilities include all aspects of food service, purchasing,
as well as budget and finance. She lives in Cohasset with
her husband Ralph, and two children, Tina and Marc.
Office and Site Manager
Talbot oversees registrations, hosted groups, maintenance
of the house and grounds, contract services, the retreat center
website and Facebook page, dining room assistants, and the
volunteer program. Jenny attended the University of Kentucky
where she received a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology with
a minor in Linguistics. She spent ten years working in the
field of Survey Research for the University. She then moved
to Denver, Colorado where she spent the next ten years working
as a Quality Control Analyst in Television and Film, Manager
of a Market Research Firm, Ski Instructor and Owner of her
own small business teaching computer classes. In 2009 Jenny
came back home to Massachusetts to be near her family. Jenny
lives in Hingham with her dog, Charlie, and in her spare time
she enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, camping, biking,
kayaking, swimming and photography.
Secretary to the Director
responsibilities include assisting the Director with various
secretarial duties. Karen grew up in Europe, and moved from
CT to MA 15 years ago. She now resides in Scituate with her
husband and two children. She graduated from UCONN with a
BA in languages. She enjoys biking, boating, reading and skiing.
We also welcome and rely on the assistance of experienced
adjunct retreat directors.
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Bouché is a wife, mother of four adult children and
the proud grandmother of two precious young granddaughters.
She holds a Masters Degree in Theology with a concentration
in pastoral care and counseling from Boston College. Nan is
a trained spiritual director, having received her training
at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Spiritual
Direction Internship Initiative. She freelances in the area
of spiritual direction and retreat work. As a certified chaplain
with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Nan has
many years of ministerial experience both in the parish and
hospital settings. She continues to remain involved in hospital
ministry engaging in per diem and volunteer ministry.
Boyle, CSJ currently serves as Pastoral Associate at St. Ann
Parish in Quincy, MA. She is involved in the spiritual formation
of liturgical ministers, programs for elderly outreach and
adult faith formation. Sister Pat has previously worked in
education, vocation ministry and retreat and renewal work
in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Burchill, OP, STD, has over 30 years of experience in spiritual
direction and retreat work. Over the years he spent various
periods of time on sabatical and updating from the Jesuits
at Berkley, CA and Weston, MA and at Retreats International,
Notre Dame, IN. He ministered at St. Stephen Priory, Dover,
MA and at Berakah, Pittsfield, NH. In his ministry he has
served in Africa, Canada, and througout the United States.
Currently he is involved in retreat work, parish missions
and some on-going spiritual direction. He lives with his community
in Providence, RI.
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Carboy, SSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, PA,
has a MA in Spirituality from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,
PA, as well as certification in Spiritual Direction from the
Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA., and the SSJ Spirituality
Center in Chestnut Hill. Mary was in formation for seven years,
and in leadership for six years for her congregation. During
this time, she was doing spiritual direction, workshops and
retreats in varied places. Presently, Mary is a full time
spiritual/retreat director st St. Raphaela Center In Haverford,
Casey, SND has been involved in spiritual direction and retreat
ministry for over 25 years. She was a member of the retreat
team at St. Stephen priory for 17 years. She is currently
an associate staff member of Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury
MA. and is co-directing an eight month weekly Spiritual Direction
Internship Program in Brighton, MA.
Glenna Connors is a Sister of Charity of Halifax. She attended
the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry
at Boston College where she received her Masters in Education
in Religious Education. She received her certificate in Spiritual
Direction from the Spiritual Direction Internship in Brighton.
Sister Glenna served many years in Boston's inner city neighborhoods
in education and pastoral ministry. She finds great joy in
accompanying others through spiritual direction.
Pauline Curley, CSJ
Pauline Curley CSJ has enjoyed making the Spiritual Exercises
and more recently the Nineteenth Annotation Retreat. She has
Master Degrees in both Pastoral Counseling and Reading and
is certified in Spiritual Direction.
Engaged in Spiritual Direction and Retreat work for the last
several years she finds it a privilege to listen contemplatively
and companion others as they engage in deepening their relationship
with the God of Mystery.
For many years she has been called to deepen her own faith
life in a Personal God and in a Faith that does Justice. Her
work at Shelters for Street Women made the Gospel come alive
to her in a new way as she watched the feminization of poverty.
Her commitment today is to women and children and to structural
analysis as a way of helping the poor.
Presently, Pauline is also working as the coordinator of a
Learning Center in a Montessori School with pre-school children,
where the face of the Divine is so present. She has also worked
in the Archdiocesan School System, in parishes and in hospital
Patricia Cushing, CSJ
Patricia Cushing, CSJ has over 35 years of experience in the
fields of Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality. She has worked
with bishops, clergy and laity on the diocesan, parish and
ecumenical levels in Kansas, Connecticut, Missouri and Massachusetts.
has given workshops, days of prayer and led retreats on Liturgical
spirituality and Centering prayer across the US and in Europe.
founded the Dear Neighbor Center for Spirituality and Healing
in 2001 in Kansas City, MO, a holistic center for body, mind,
spirit and a center for spiritual direction.
is a certified spiritual director and nationally certified/MA
licensed massage therapy practitioner.
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Anne D'Arcy, CSJ
D'Arcy is a Sister of St. Joseph and a native of Brighton,
Massachusetts. She is Associate Director of the Office of
Worship and Spiritual Life (formerly the Office of Spiritual
Development) for the Archdiocese of Boston. For many years
she has visited parishes throughout the Archdiocese leading
programs of spiritual renewal. She has preached at retreats
and Days of Prayer for various groups, and has served as Spiritual
Director as well as leading people in sharing faith and prayer.
Sister Anne has a Masters degree in Christian Spirituality
from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dixon has been a soul care minister since 2005. Trained through
an intensive, multi-disciplined program for Spiritual Direction,
she has been meeting with people of all ages and backgrounds,
each of whom is seeking to recognize and respond to God in
his or her life. Wendy often encourages the use of various
art forms (including dance, writing, drawing, and sculpting)
as a way to "listen" to oneself and to God. In addition
to offering spiritual direction, Wendy has run Christian mime,
drama and dance troupes as well as run classes for people
wanting to use the movement arts for spiritual formation.
She also teaches small group studies on the Bible and spiritual
growth. Wendy resides in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.
completed her graduate degree in Religious Education and Pastoral
Ministry at Emmanuel College and has been trained as a Spiritual
Director through the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative.
Edna's professional ministerial experience includes faith
formation of youth and adults, retreat direction, marriage
preparation, and spiritual direction. Edna is blessed to be
a wife and mother of an adult daughter. The opportunity to
companion others in their ongoing personal relationship with
God continues to be a privilege and a grace.
Joan Duffy, CSJ
completing a twelve-year term as a member of the leadership
team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Sister Joan Duffy,
CSJ has been involved in a variety of retreat programs. She
is an experienced group facilitator and consultant focusing
on discernment of heart as a way of being attentive to God's
presence in our life as each day unfolds. Sister Joan offers
Spiritual Direction at St. Joseph Retreat Center and at the
Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brighton, MA.
Sister Joan also facilitates many Directed as well as Guided
Retreats offered at St. Joseph Retreat Center and other retreat
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Joanne Fantini, CSJA
Fantini, CSJA is the mother of 4 adult children and has been
an Associate member of the CSJ's for 26 years. She holds an
MA from BC with a concentration in Spirituality and Ministry
and completed 2 Practicums in Spiritual Direction with CRD
and The Jesuit Collaborative. Joanne has been providing spiritual
direction and retreats since 2007 in the Ignatian tradition.
E. Ferrara (Lyn)
received her training in Spiritual Direction from the Center
for Religious Development in Cambridge, Ma. 1989. She has
been involved in cursillo at St. Basil's Salvatorian Center,
Methuen since 1972. She has presented days of prayer and worked
in hospital chaplaincy and bereavement. She holds a Masters
in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Emmanuel College, Boston
(1991) and is a widow, mother of six (five daughters) and
Nana to 13 grandchildren. Her delight is to recognize the
Divine spark in another during spiritual direction.
Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ
Fitzsimmons, CSJ has 30 years of experience as a Spiritual
Director and Retreat Director. She has a Masters degree in
Counseling, a Certificate of Study from the Jesuit School
of Theology, Berkeley, California, and a Certificate in Spiritual
Direction from the Center for Religious Development, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Following 10 years as Team member and teacher
in the Sabbatical Program at St. Stephen Priory and Spiritual
Life Center, Sister Carol most recently served as Co-Director
of St. Joseph Retreat Center, Cohasset, Massachusetts.
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currently serves as Pastoral Associate for Outreach at St
Agatha Parish in Milton following her work as Pastoral Associate
in Middleboro, where she coordinated parish needs for the
RCIA process, Liturgy planning and training of ministers,
and Adult Faith Formation.
Mary also serves as Spiritual Director for individuals throughout
the archdiocese and assists the Chrism Office on the South
Shore in areas of spiritual direction. Through these aspects
of her life and especially in her roles as wife and mother
of four children, Mary continues to be grateful for the presence
and activity of God in her life.
William S. Geertz
William S. Geertz is a retired parish pastor with a Doctor
of Ministry degree in interpersonal communication. He has
forty years of experience in ministry and received training
in spiritual direction from the Spiritual Direction Internship
Initiative. He is currently engaged in offering individual
Julia Grey, OP
Grey, OP, a Dominican Sister of Peace, has a MA in Pastoral
Studies from Loyola University. She is a graduate of the Institute
for Spiritual Leadership (ISL) in Chicago, IL. and the Center
for Religious Development (CRD) in Cambridge, MA. Julie worked
full time at Emmaus Spiritual Life Center in Uncasville, CT.
for 15years, doing spiritual direction, programs and giving
directed retreats throughout New England. After five years
of ministry in formation for her Congregation, she joined
the staff as a full time director at St. Raphaela Retreat
Center in Haverford, PA., where she presently resides in full
Catherine Griffiths, SND
Griffiths, SND is an experienced retreat and spiritual director
who has directed retreats in the United States, Europe, and
Africa. Her main focus for over 30 years has been praying
with others for healing of memories.
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Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ
Hagerty, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston. She is currently
chaplain at the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center
in Boston. Sister Kathleen holds an M.A. in Religious Education
and a Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University
in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a N.A.C.C Certified Chaplain.
Kathleen is a Certified MidLife/LongLife Consulants with Mid-Life
Directions, an internationally known group of Consultants
who conduct Workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. Kathleen
especially enjoys giving Spiritual Direction and conducting
workshops for midlife and older adults on human/spiritual
development and aging.
Catherine Hannigan, PBVM
M. Hannigan, PBVM is a 1987 graduate of the Center for Religious
Development (CRD) and past major superior of the Sisters of
the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She has served
as Director of Continuing Education at Weston Jesuit School
of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has been involved
in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreats for many
years. She joined the staff of CRD in 1997.
is a widow, mother of 5 and an involved grandmother of 13.
She holds a masters degree in Pastoral Counseling from Emmanuel
College in Boston, MA. She is a board certified hospital and
hospice Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic
Chaplains. Marybeth was trained in spiritual direction at
the Internship in the Art of Spiritual Direction at Mercy
Center in Burlingame, CA, the Center for Religious Development,
Cambridge, MA and the Spiritual Direction Intern Institute
in Brighton, MA. Marybeth's current ministry is her spiritual
direction practice and pastoral care for long term residents.
Holmes is a Jungian analyst, residing in Jamaica Plain, MA.
He is a faculty member and training analyst at the C.G. Institute
in Newton, MA. He was a member of the Discalced Carmelite
Order for 25 years in ministries of initial formation, retreats
and spiritual direction. He holds a Masters Degree in Religious
Education and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the
C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He has been practicing
as an analyst in the Boston area since 1979 where he has lectured
widely on the interconnectedness of Religion, Psychology and
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Joyce, SC is a member of the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent
de Paul of New York. Vivienne was a faculty member and supervisor
in the Spiritual Direction Practicum at Fordham University
in New York. She also ministered as co-director of internship
in directing the eight day retreat and supervision practicum
at Inisfada Retreat House, Manhasset Long Island.
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Ellen T. Keane, SND
T. Keane, SND is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. Her ministries
have included teaching, administration, pastoral counseling,
spiritual direction and retreat work. She was in ministry
in Kenya for 12 years. Ellen has been on staff at the Center
for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA, where she was
engaged in a training program for those who feel called to
the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work. When
the Center closed in June 2009, she joined the staff of the
Jesuit Collaborative in Watertown, MA.
Patricia Keefe, CSJ
Since 1976 Pat has been engaged in spiritual companioning
through retreat and direction ministry, full time since 1995.
She has ministered as well in the fields of education, campus
ministry, religious life formation, and Congregational leadership.
Spiritual companioning deepens joy and wonder as we listen
more deeply and awaken to the Holy One within our own hearts
and discern our response to the Holy within each Word of creation
in the communion of life.
Nancy C. Kehoe, RSCJ, PhD.
C. Kehoe, RSCJ, PhD. is a member of the Religious of the Sacred
Heart. She is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department
of Psychiatry at The Cambridge Health Alliance, affiliated
with Harvard Medical School, a position she has held since
1980. Her area of expertise is religion and
spirituality in the clinical context. For twenty-seven years,
using a model she created, Dr. Kehoe has led groups on spiritual
beliefs and values for adults with psychiatric disabilities.
She currently consults with healthcare providers in mental
health and geriatric settings, teaching them how to address
the religious and spiritual needs of individuals. She has
presented at regional, national, and international conferences
and published on the subject of religion and psychotherapy.
Additional information can be found on her website: www.expandingconnections.com.
John F. Kerr, CFX
F. Kerr, CFX was a high school teacher and principal for 21
years at Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx, New York,
and at Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut. He served
for 12 years in leadership in his congregation, during which
he resided at the Xavieran Brothers Generalate in Rome, Italy,
and London, England. He has a Masters degree in Theology from
the University of Notre Dame, and an MTS from the Jesuit School
of Theology at Berkeley, California. From 1992 through 2004
he was a staff member at St. Stephen Priory Spiritual Life
Center in Dover, Massachusetts, where he was a retreat director,
theology teacher and spiritual director. A native of Boston,
Massachusetts, Brother John currently leads retreats, works
in adult education, offers spiritual direction, and is involved
with prison ministry.
William Kremmell is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston,
a retired pastor, and a former college chaplain. An experienced
leader of retreats and days of prayer in a variety of settings,
he also has been involved in various peace and justice ministries
for many years, is a current member of the advisory board
of Pax Christi, Massachusetts and assists, as needs arise,
in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese.
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Lyman, RSCJ, a Religious of the Sacred Heart, holds Masters
degrees from Fordham University and Boston College, with further
training in spiritual direction at Campion Renewal Center
and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Her ministerial experiences
include teaching, hospital and long-term care chaplaincy,
parish ministry as a pastoral associate and director of religious
education, in addition to spiritual direction and retreat
work. For nine years she served at Sacred Heart Parish in
Lexington. She has offered retreats and days of reflection
for parish and women's groups, laypersons, and women religious.
Currently she is part of a team offering retreats for women
experiencing homelessness in connection with the Ignatian
Spirituality Project, and of a team offering Busy Persons
Retreats in Sacred Heart schools around the country.
Maher has worked in the field of clinical social work providing
counseling and advocacy services for children and families
for 25 years. She is a trained spiritual director, completing
her post-masters certificate in 2002, with a background in
Ignatian Spirituality rooted in her experiences in the Jesuit
Volunteer Corps. Katherine has accompanied others on the Spiritual
Exercises 19th Annotation Retreat and in on-going direction.
She has been a recent presenter with the Magis Program: Ignatian
Leadership for Mission supported by the Jesuit Collaborative,
and has facilitated retreat experiences with the JVC. Along
with her husband, she is blessed with parenting two sons and
Gene Merz, SJ
F. Merz, S. J., has offered spiritual direction and retreats
based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and
has given Ignatian Spirituality workshops around the world
for laity, priests and religious men and women. His years
of ministry within the Society of Jesus, in the diocese of
Des Moines, Iowa, and at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality,
Marquette University, have focused upon the spiritual renewal
that was encouraged by Vatican Council II. Gene holds graduate
degrees from St. Louis University. He is the coauthor, with
Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ, of the widely acclaimed book
by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life (2000), which makes
the retreat process of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
available to a wide audience for use in homes, parishes and
settings. Moment by Moment won First Place for First
Time Author in the 2001 Catholic Press Association Awards.
He is also the coauthor, with Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ, of Finding
God in Each Moment (2006).
Pat McDermott, IHM has been involved in Spiritual Direction
and Retreat ministry for more than 20 years. She has been
on the Retreat Team at Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, Maryland
for 15 years. She is currently the Director of Ignatian Spiritual
Programs at Loyola Retreat House.
has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 25 years.
She completed the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative
and is involved in the ministry of Spiritual Direction and
is providing Guided and Directed Retreats. JoAnn holds a Master's
degree in Youth Ministry and Theology from Assumption College
and a Master's degree in Special Education. She has been a
life long educator mainly with adolescents with moderate and
severe special needs. She has 3 grown children and is the
proud grandmother of a boy and 2 girls.
Noonan is married, the father of four children and one grandson.
He is Professor Emeritus from Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
has an MA in counseling from Lesley University, and completed
the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative in Brighton,
MA. He teaches a course, The Art of Discernment at Cape Cod's
Academy for Life Long Learning, practices spiritual direction
and is a hospice and Reiki volunteer with Hospice and Palliative
Care of Cape Cod.
Kathryn O'Connell Cleary
O'Connell Cleary holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry
from Boston College. She worked in parish ministry for 20
years, in the role of Pastoral Associate and Director of Liturgy
and Music. From 1992 until 1998, Kathryn was a member of the
Retreat Team at St. Stephen Priory. Presently she offers Spiritual
Direction as well as Directed and Guided Retreats on a freelance
basis. She is a certified Energy Healing Practitioner. Kathryn
is married, and has recently and joyfully become a grandmother.
O'Donnell is a Religious of the Sacred Heart who has been
doing Spiritual Direction and retreat work for the last 30
Gail has been doing Formation work for her community for the
last 20 years including serving on their International Formation
Team in Rome.
She has her Masters of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School
of Theology where she has served as Director of Continiung
Education. Gail is currently working at the School of Theology
and Ministry at Boston College.
OShaughnessy, RSCJ, has recently returned to the Boston
area after professing final vows in Rome in the Society of
the Sacred Heart. She holds an MTS from Weston Jesuit School
of Theology and has completed the spiritual direction program
with the Guild for Spiritual Guidance. She has been in ministry
in spiritual direction and retreat work in San Diego and in
Asia for the last several years. Jane is the mother of two
daughters and grandmother of three.
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John Phalen, CSC
John Phalen was ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy
Cross in 1974. He attended Stonehill College in North Easton,
Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970;
a Master of Theology from the University of Notre Dame in
1973; and pursued additional graduate studies at Fairfield
University. Currently Fr. Phalen is President of the Mariological
Society of America and a member of the Hispanic Ministry Committee
of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is a Faithful Friar
of the Cardinal OConnell Assembly of the 4th Degree
Knights of Columbus and serves as a member of the Province
Investment Advisory Committee of the Congregation of Holy
Cross. He has preached missions around the world. Father Phalen
has served as President of Holy Cross Family Ministries since
1996. While serving the Hispanic community in the South Bend
area, Father John founded La Casa de Amistad Youth Center,
which has served the needs of the Hispanic population since
1973. Father Phalen has served as Vicar for Spanish-speaking
in South Bend, Assistant Novice Director in Waterford, New
York, Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Brooklyn,
and Associate Director of Vocations. He has been a member
of the Board of Trustees of Stonehill College and the Board
of Family Rosary, as well as the Provincial Council of his
Province. He has served as a leader in various community organizations,
such as East Brooklyn Congregations, Central Brooklyn Churches
and Brockton Interfaith Community.
Line Rioux, a Sister of St. Joseph of Lyon from the Maine
Province, has been a spiritual director and retreat director
for nine years serving as guest director at several retreat
centers. She holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction and
Directed Retreats from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
Sr. Line presently is Director of Living Water Spiritual Center
in Winslow, ME before which she served for 21 years as Pastoral
Associate in various parishes, most recently at Our Lady Star
of the Sea in Staten Island, NY and at the Parish of the Holy
Spirit in Waterville, ME. She has a BA and a Masters in Pastoral
Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Sr. Line is a member
of Spiritual Directors International.
Ro has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 15 years
through teaching, counseling, mentoring, and preaching. She
recently returned from Asia where she spent nine years in
ministry with her family. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell
Theological Seminary (MDiv) and has a certificate from Spiritual
Direction Internship Initiative in Brighton, MA. Jackie's
passion lies in the area of spiritual formation especially
in the area of prayer and inner-healing.
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Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC
Sharka, MA, LMHC, is a licensed psychotherapist and trained
spiritual director. She facilitates classes, workshops, and
retreats and provides accompaniment through individual and
group spiritual direction as program manager at Still Harbor's
Center for Discernment and Action in South Boston. Her private
psychotherapy practice focuses on the spiritual life as central
in meeting the desired goals and changes that bring people
to therapy. She previously served as the assistant director
of Trinity Boston Counseling Center, Trinity Church in Copley
Square, which included developing programs to address secondary
trauma and self-care for people working with those who have
suffered traumatic loss. Colleen currently serves on the advisory
committee of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality
at the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology.
Sheehan, SND is experienced in retreat ministry and spiritual
direction. She facilitates support groups in parish settings
and works in hospice with guided meditation and relaxing exercises.
Y. Sheridan is a Sister of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
who for eleven years ministered as a collaborator of the New
England Jesuits in retreat ministry at Gloucester, Massachusetts
and in the supervision and formation of spiritual directors
at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 2006-8, she also was engaged in the supervision of a group
of Jewish spiritual directors in training connected to Hebrew
College in Newton, MA.
She is a team member of the Woodstock Theological Center at
Georgetown where she is involved in a national workshop/ retreat
ministry of "Preaching the Just Word". With Father
Raymond Kemp of Georgetown, she will soon be publishing a
book focused on spiritual and justice oriented reflections
for preaching and praying entitled: Just Tenderness, Tender
In 2005 Nancy was elected to the leadership team of her religious
congregation. She was responsible for the ongoing formation
and leadership development of associate members in the USA,
northern Ontario and Japan. She facilitated ongoing formation
opportunities for her congregation throughout the five years.
She continues to journey with a wide variety of men and women
across religious denominations as a spiritual director and
retreat director as well as co-facilitating a supervision
group for spiritual directors at the College of the Holy Cross
in Worcester. She is a consultant to parish staffs in the
area of spiritual growth, staff development and surviving
parish mergers. She has spoken widely at conferences, workshops
and in parishes throughout New England, Canada, Ireland and
passions include spirituality, ritual, theatre, poetry and
the sea. Two of the special places where she experiences God
are Cape Cod and Cape Ann in Gloucester MA.
Kathleen Short, CSJ, MA, LADC (Level 1)
Short, CSJ is an experienced retreat director and spiritual
director. She is also a pastoral counselor, a licensed drug
and alcohol counselor, a holistic practitioner, and a nationally
certified massage therapist. Sister Kathleen brings a wealth
of experience to her programs. She has offered Twelve-Step
Spirituality retreats for over 20 years. Sister Kathleen is
a massage therapist and a retreat director at St. Joseph Retreat
Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts, and in many other settings.
She is a member of the Credo Liturgical Dance Company of Boston,
Simisky, MA, CAGS holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry and a Certificate
in the Practice of Spirituality, both from Boston College
IREPM. She also completed the Spiritual Direction Internship
Initiative with Joan McCarthy, CSJ and Maureen Casey, SND
in Brighton, MA.. She is a Certified Catholic Chaplain (NACC).
Kathy has enjoyed a variety of professional roles in ministry
including Chaplain, Director of Pastoral Care, Theology Teacher,
Campus Minister, Retreat Leader, and Counselor. Kathy is married
and has two grown children and three small grandchildren.
Her spirituality is grounded in the Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Sullivan is a wife, a mother of four grown children and a
proud grandmother of nine grandchildren. She is an ordained
Episcopal priest with a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity
School. For the past fourteen years she has been the rector
of Grace Episcopal Church in North Attleboro, MA. Before that
she served four churches that were bound together in a regional
ministry in the diocese of Connecticut. Maryalice has been
ordained for twenty years. She has a certificate in Congregational
development and is a trained spiritual director. She received
her training through the Guelph Jesuit Center in Ontario,
Canada and the Spiritual Direction Intern Initiative.
M. Sullivan, S.J. is a New England Province Jesuit and a member
of the staff at Eastern Point Retreat House in Goucester,
MA. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bangor Seminary
(Maine) and has completed a training program in directing
the Spiritual Exercises sponsored by the New England Province
and an internship in spiritual direction. Prior to joining
the staff at Eastern Point in 2005, he served as pastor of
parishes in Maine and Connecticut and as director of the Catholic
campus ministry center at the University of Connecticut. He
is also an Associate Member of the Iona Community, based in
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Talvacchia is a married Roman Catholic lay ecclesial minister
who has offered spiritual direction and programs in spirituality
for over 10 years. She is a graduate of Weston Jesuit School
of Theology and is a Board Certified Chaplain. She served
as a chaplain for 9 years at Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative
Center in Lawrence, MA.
Paula Tinlin, is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She is currently
Director/Chaplain at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester. Sister
Paula holds Masters Degrees from Emmanuel College, Boston,
and Fordham University, NY in Religious Education/ Pastoral
Ministry, with a focus on Spirituality. She did her internship
in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center, Milford,
Ohio. Sister Paula is a Board Certified Chaplain with the
National Association of Catholic Chaplains, having completed
a residency in South Carolina, where she served as hospice
chaplain. She has been an associate director at Miramar Retreat
Center since 1995 and has offered retreats, spiritual direction,
days of prayer and workshops throughout the area. Sister offers
workshops on Ministering to the Sick and Homebound for the
Archdiocese of Boston.
completed her training at the Spiritual Direction Internship
Program in Brighton where she continues to participate in
ongoing peer supervision. Her previous work includes promoting
low-income housing, youth job training, and contemplative
companionship for the elderly. A joy has been raising two
young boys to young men as a single mother.
Jane's life- long curiosity about spiritual life has been
enriched by study and travel throughout Asia, India and Africa.
Raised in the Episcopal Church, she welcomes seekers from
across faith traditions as well as those without formal affiliations.
Jane's ministry in spiritual direction includes offerings
in individual and group direction, retreat work and refreshment
Dorothy Welch, CSJ
Welch, CSJ, M.A., M. Div. is experienced in Spiritual Direction,
and sees the Directed Retreat as a singular time for movements
of grace. Her Master's degrees are from Catholic University,
and Jesuit Weston School of Theology. Previous ministry includes
co-directing Cohasset's Retreat House, pastoral ministry,
teaching and administration. S. Dorothy is grounded in the
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, influenced by the work
of Thomas Berry, and prophetic voices of women and men. She
facilitates groups in appropriating the Ignatian Spiritual
Exercises for daily life, and directs retreats in New England
and other states.
Marie Willhite holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) Degree from
Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a Master of Theology
(ThM) from Boston College. She is a lay ecclesial minister
and certified pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Anne has done ministry in both parish and hospital settings.
Her passion in ministry is to enable and empower others: to
live their baptismal call to discipleship and to enter more
deeply into relationship with God and others. Anne is a trained
spiritual director who currently freelances in the area of
spiritual direction, retreat work and enrichment programs
for parish communities.
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