Program Presenters

Connie Bartelson has many varied experiences as facilitator of Prayer-Shawl-Knitting groups throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Besides being the coordinator of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. John’s Church in Worcester, MA, she oversees the hat, scarf, mitten drive for the homeless at St. Francis Food for the Poor Center. She has been co-presenter of this retreat since 2010

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. Her passion for contemplative prayer is rooted in Ignatian spirituality, where relationship with God becomes the forefront of the spiritual life.

Donna Griffin has been involved in the Prayer Shawl ministry for several years and is a coordinator for the ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Worcester, MA. With 50 years of experience, she knits for family, church needs and the homeless. She coordinates a knit-in-public day on the grounds of her church in June

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. From 1996 to the present, during summers, he has been directing retreats in Denmark and Norway.

Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, Ph.D. teaches theology to teachers pursuing their Master of Religious Education degree in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With extensive experience as a religious educator, she is a well-known speaker and retreat director throughout Western Canada and beyond. This is her second engagement at MJSC.

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.

Dr. Paul Lemieux. Ph.D. worked in retreat houses for many years and was retreat director at the Oblate Retreat House in Hudson, NH for nine years. He holds a Ph.D. in pastoral psychology and counseling from Boston University. He taught religious studies at Merrimack College and maintained a private psychotherapy practice. He held leadership positions specializing in the treatment of addictions and psychiatric disorders and served as Treatment Director at Adcare Hospital in Worcester for 20 years.

Jim Markan, MA is a Michigan native. He has master’s degrees in communication and counseling. Prior to retirement, he was a human resource executive for a global company. During retirement, he has been involved with several volunteer activities including teaching enrichment courses for seniors, helping to feed the hungry and assisting the developmentally disabled. He is a member of Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, ME.

Carol Marozzi, SSJ is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill. She holds master’s degrees in theology and in spirituality, and has completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at Shalem Institute. She worked in Ministry Formation and Vocation Ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for eight years and served as Director of Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, MD for ten years. She has also served on the Board of Spiritual Directors International and has facilitated retreats in Canada and North America and for chapters of women religious in the United States.

Kim le Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts 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.

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.

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. 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.

Monica (Nicki) Verploegen is a Catholic laywoman with two master’s degrees and a doctorate in spirituality. She is co-founder of TATENDA International, a nonprofit that provides no-cost retreats in Africa and Asia to caregivers working in troubled environments. The daughter of a farmer-rancher from Montana, she has been directing retreats and giving spiritual direction for over 30 years. She presently teaches in the Diaconate Program for the Archdiocese of Boston.