Connie Bartelson is a retired school teacher and has many varied experiences as facilitator of Prayer-Shawl-Knitting groups throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She co-presented this Retreat here over the last six years prior to assuming the leadership in 2015. She has been an avid knitter for about 50 years.
Ann Boyle, RSR is a Sister of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. She received her certification in Spiritual Direction from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI and San Damiano House of Prayer, Lowell, MA. Her ministries have included Spiritual Direction, the RSR Associate Ministry, the Homebound Ministry, and the Maine Religious Vocation Network, as well as various parish ministries. She is also a Graphic Designer who uses her professional talent to enhance prayer presentations.
Michele DeSimone is a Pastoral Associate working in the areas of pastoral care, spiritual direction, and retreats. She has a BA in sociology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY and a Certificate in Spirituality from Mercy Center, Madison, CT.
Beverley Fournier, MA, MTS, M.Div is a spiritual and retreat director serving several local parishes along the North Shore in Massachusetts. She also teaches theology and spirituality courses at Rivier University. Her passion for contemplative prayer is rooted in Ignatian spirituality, where relationship with God becomes the forefront of the spiritual life.
Marsha Hafferty is the Parish Manager for two churches in the Worcester, MA area. In addition to teaching religious education and facilitating in RCIA, she also shares in her husband’s ministry which is the permanent Diaconate. She learned to crochet in her early years and is now a novice knitter.
Ken Hughes, S.J. is a Jesuit of the North East Province, and member of St. Peter Faber Jesuit Community in Brighton, MA. He is currently a visiting spiritual director at Boston College. Ken lived in Jamaica, WI for 27 years and directed retreats there and throughout the Caribbean. He was a staff member of the Center for Religious Development, Cambridge, MA, a training center for spiritual directors; was assistant director of the New England Tertianship program, preparing young Jesuits for final vows. From 1996 to the present, during summers, he has been directing retreats in Denmark and Norway.
Marie May Lausier, p.m. studied Spirituality and Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, has an M.A. from Fairfield University in CT, and is certified in Marian Studies from the Marian Institute in Dayton, OH. She authored “In Joyful Haste”, the life of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier. She is a retreat and spiritual director, Rivier Retreat facilitator, and a director of Marie Rivier Association.
Kim le Nguyen holds a Bachelor degree of Fine Art from the University of Louisiana specializing in watercolor. At Mount Mary in Milwaukee, WI, she attained a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. Currently, she works at AspenPointe in Colorado Springs, serving individuals with mental illness. She also works to bring about healing to the active, wounded and retired military personnel, who are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, using creative processes which she developed.
Fr. Daniel O’Connell is a diocesan priest, pastor of a parish and staff member of the Office of Spiritual Development in the Archdiocese of Boston, MA. He is involved with parish-wide retreats and days of prayer. He is a producer and host on the Boston Catholic Television.
Daniel Renaud, OMI earned a Bachelor of Theology at St. Paul University, Ottawa, an MA in Youth Ministry from Boston College, and studied Christian Spirituality at Creighton University. Preacher, speaker and spiritual guide in both Canada and the USA, he has extensive experience in spiritual direction and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. He is a member of Spiritual Director International and ministers at Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic, CT.
Mary Rich received her certification in Spiritual Direction and also for Mandala Assessment from the Mercy Center, Colorado Springs, CO. She is a retreat and spiritual director, a Rivier Retreat facilitator and is active in the Charismatic community. Currently, she offers watercolor retreats with mandala assessments.
Beatrice Ste. Marie, SSND has served in a variety of ministries including education; teaching and administration, chaplaincy, spiritual direction, retreats and several years of ministry in her congregation as community leader assisting in the care of elder religious. She holds an MA from Fordham University and a M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Care. She trained as spiritual director at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA.
Nancy Schreck, OSF from Dubuque, IA is currently the Program Director at Excel Inc., a community service organization located in Okolona, MS. She has previously served in Leadership and Formation ministry in her Congregation, as well as the LCWR Presidency and as a U.S. Delegate to the International Union of Superiors. Working both nationally and internationally, Nancy speaks and facilitates for a variety of religious groups. Her educational background is in Biblical Studies with advanced degrees from Boston College and the Pacific School of Religion.
Bill Sheehan, OMI has broad experience in pastoral ministry as a pastor and marriage counselor. He served in the Office of Lay Ministry and as Director of Ministry to priests in the Archdiocese of Miami, FL. He has led Centering Prayer workshops and retreats throughout the country through Contemplative Outreach.
Nancy Sheridan, SASV is a Sister of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary of Nicolet, Quebec. She is a spiritual director and a supervisor of spiritual directors, having served on staff at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge and also at Eastern Point Jesuit Retreat House, where she directed eight and thirty day retreats. Presently, she is involved in a national ministry of Preaching the Just Word and in that capacity is collaborating on two books entitled, Just Tenderness and Tender Justice and Seeing with the Eyes of the Imagination. She also actively collaborates with the Jesuit community of Portland, ME as well as other Religious groups. Nancy has extensive national and international experience with Ignatian Spirituality both within the Roman Catholic tradition and ecumenically.
Marguerite Stapleton is a consultant providing resources for individuals, groups and organizations through Wisdom Works. She served as the Vice-President for Mission Effectiveness at St. Mary’s Health System from 1993-2009. Prior to that, she was the Pastoral Associate at St. Philip’s Parish in Auburn, ME. She has given workshops and conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Richard M. Sudlik, OMI has a B.A. in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity in Theology from Oblate College in Washington, DC, and a Master in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola of Baltimore. As an Oblate, he has done Parish Ministry in various states, and worked in Vocation Ministry and Seminary Formation Ministry for the Oblates. He has served as Provincial Councilor for the U.S. Province of OMI and is presently Director of Oblate Mission Center in New Orleans.
Lucille Thibodeau, p.m. is the Writer-in-Residence at Rivier University. She is a member of the New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition, the Humane Society of the United States Division of Faith Outreach and a board member of Voices of Wildlife in New Hampshire. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has presented her work nationally and internationally, most recently at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics where she spoke on the suffering of animals in factory farming. She works to help people discover the deep connections between their faith and mercy for all animals.