Program Presenters

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.

Steve Bonian, S.J. is an Eastern Rite Jesuit who has worked with Chaldean, Maronite, Coptic and Byzantine communities in the U.S., the Holy Land, and the Near East.  Born in Iran and raised in Iraq, he is of Armenian and Assyrian descent.  Father Bonian holds a M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an STL from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and an ADP from Fordham University.  He has worked to integrate Eastern and Ignatian Spirituality with the use of icons both in the Middle East and in the United States.

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.

Diane Dube holds a BA in Religious Studies from Rivier College.  She served in youth ministry prior to earning an MAC from Lesley University in Counseling Psychology.  Diane worked as a psychotherapist for ten years.  She is a presenter for retreats, offers spiritual direction and directed retreats.  She is certified through San Damiano House of Prayer, Lowell, MA and Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI.

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.

Ann Harriman is certified in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, MD.  Ann is a retreat presenter, has a private spiritual direction practice and is available here upon request.

Rebecca Hecht, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Arlington and Brighton, MA working with individuals, couples and groups.  She utilizes a mind / body awareness approach and is a certified Imago couples therapist.  The focus of her teaching is the deepening in spiritual connection with oneself and others through the application of prayer, meditation and intimacy enhancing communication techniques.

Teresita Kambeitz, OSU  is an Ursuline Sister who teaches theology for teachers who are pursuing their Master of Religious Education degree in Saskatoon. She also teaches in the Lay Formation program and conducts retreats throughout the diocese and beyond including the Newman Theological College and Seminary in Edmonton and in overseas summer courses for teachers in the British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Venezuela, Latvia and South Africa.  She holds two bachelors’ degrees, two masters’ degrees, a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a degree in piano. She is originally from Saskatchewan.

Marie Larkin was born and raised in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.  Her simple yet profound approach is the right blend to open and move groups in unexpected and creative ways.  She brings years of experience with her as an art teacher in Manchester, England.  She is a member of the British Association of Art Therapy, having studied at the University of London – Goldsmiths College.  She is certified as a spiritual director and has taught Art and Spirituality at The Institute for Contemporary Spirituality in the USA.

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.

Fr. Joseph Manship has served as a diocesan priest for 40 years in the State of Maine. He holds Masters degrees in Pastoral Counseling and also in Pastoral Theology.  He continues to practice as a Jungian Analyst (Depth Psychologist) in Biddeford, ME.  He is qualified to teach Centering Prayer as he has been trained and certified as a Centering Prayer Presenter by Contemplative Outreach Ltd., an international ecumenical spiritual network that fosters the practice of Centering Prayer.  Its founder and guide is Fr. Thomas Keating, a Trappist Monk who designed this form of prayer.

Kim le Nguyen holds a Bachelor degree of Fine Art from the  University of Louisiana specializing in watercolor.  At Mount Mary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.

Jan Novotka is an internationally known retreat facilitator and song writer who is sought out for her gift of creating a more contemplative approach for assemblies, congregational chapters and other spiritual and/or Earth focused gatherings.  She is committed to the evolutionary shift occurring at the level of consciousness.  Jan holds a Masters degree in Religious Education from Fordham University, is certified in Earth Literacy, and is an organic gardener.

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, O.M.I. 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.

Bill Sheehan, O.M.I.  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, Florida.  He has led Centering Prayer workshops and retreats throughout the country through Contemplative Outreach.

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.