PEOPLE OF MANRESA
& Ministerial Staff, Support
is a priest of the Archdiocese of
Detroit who serves as an adjunct member of the Manresa Retreat
Team. He attended U. of D. Jesuit High School, Sacred Heart
Major Seminary in Detroit, and St. John Provincial Seminary
in Plymouth. He was ordained a priest in 1968, and holds
a BA from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, an MA from University
of Detroit, and a MDiv from St. John Provincial Seminary.
Fr. Babcock served as Pastor of St. Eugene Parish, Detroit,
St. Mary Parish, Royal Oak, St. Andrew Parish, Rochester,
and St. Mary Parish, Monroe. He currently serves as Chaplain
for the Felician Sisters of Livonia, Michigan and a part-time
member of the Clergy Life and Ministry Office for the Archdiocese.
He also assists as a part-time Judge of the Metropolitan
Tribunal for the Archdiocese.
Ulch Brown, Speaker, Therapist and Author, has been
a member of a 12 Step program for families and friends of
alcoholics for over thirty years. She is a former teacher,
coach, and was an elected member of the Oxford Board of Education
along with co-founding the Clear Lake Parent's Association
and the Oxford Girls' Little League. For over twenty years,
she has been a therapist in private practice after spending
several years working in residential treatment. She speaks
at Maplegrove HFHS and Brighton Hospital monthly and for numerous
churches, schools, conferences, and organizations over the
years. Her BS in Physical Education and Health is from the
University of Detroit and her MA in Counseling is from Oakland
University. She has authored four books of inspirational messages,
the most recent being 232 Messages of Hope.... Lessons
Learned. Visit www.dailymessagesofhope.com.
Budesky, IHM was graduated from Mundelein College with
a Master's Degree in Religious Studies and Spirituality. Kathie
has served in secondary schools both in religious studies
departments and administration, most recently at Marian High
School. She is currently a presenter and facilitator at Visitation
North Spirituality Center in Bloomfield Hills, of which
she is also the director.
Norm Dickson, SJ , a Jesuit priest of the Chicago-Detroit
Province, a former teacher and president of Walsh Jesuit High
School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, pastor of Gesu Church in Detroit,
Michigan and missionary in the Sudan and Kenya, is presently
working with the diocese of Gaylord at Saint Mary of the Woods
Church in Kalkaska, Michigan.
Linda Fischer, ASC, is a member of the Adorers
of the Blood of Christ, in which she made her final profession
in 1994. She worked for 15 years as a fourth-grade teacher
at an inner-city Catholic school in Lancaster, PA. And while
happy there she wanted to do something in the field of alcoholism
and recovery, particular giving to others by going into retreat
work. Overcoming great fear of public speaking she gave her
first 12-step retreat in November 2005. By 2007 she had led
25 retreats and booked 22 more for 2008. "Being an Adorer,
and reaching out to people who are really hurting or who have
lost everything because of their addiction and letting them
know that God loves them, that there is hope for them and
that they are good enough, that God does walk with them on
their own journey no matter how difficult it isfor me,
that's what it's all about."
Benjamin Hawley, SJ
, a Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuit,
originally from Brookline, MA, has a BA in British literature
from Tufts and an MA in regional planning from Cornell.
He had taught at the University of Detroit Mercy and worked
with homeless teens in both Chicago and Portland, Oregon.
An accomplished singer, he has performed lead roles in some
of Gilbert & Sullivan's operettas. Ben was ordained
in 2000 and in August of that year became president of Brebeuf
Jesuit Prep in Indianapolis. After being stationed at Loyola
Academy in Wilmette, IL, Ben is now the pastor of St. Mary
Student Church in Ann Arbor and Director of Campus Ministry
for the University of Michigan.
Si Hendry, SJ teaches religious studies and philosophy,
directs the Catholic Studies Program, and is the superior
of the Jesuit Community at the University of Detroit Mercy.
At Loyola University New Orleans he directed the university's
office of Mission and Identity. He holds a doctorate in Christian
Spirituality and has lead faculty, administrators, and staff
through Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises at both universities.
He has also worked with the Jesuit Volunteers Corps for almost
3 decades, directing a regional office, presenting workshops
and retreats, and serving on their board of directors. He
has a special interest in the connections between spirituality
and social justice and in the societal dimensions of religious
Mary Ann Flanagan, IHM, PhD is a theological educator
and retreat presenter now living in the Rochester Hills, MI
area. She is a consultative member of the Visitation
North Spirituality Center in Bloomfield Hills, and is
responsible for their wonderful website www.visitationnorth.org.
Her interests are varied and creative; prayerful presentations
are her joy to provide.
Hill, RSM received her Doctor of Ministry from Chicago
Theological Seminary in Spirituality. She has an MA in Theology
from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. Sr.
Hill received her training in the Enneagram from the Institute
of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. She was a teacher for
most of her professional career at the secondary level where
she taught Religious Studies. Presently, she serves as a Campus
Minister at the University of Detroit Mercy and does Vocation
ministry part-time. She offers individual and group Spiritual
Direction, and is Companioning a Class through the Grand Rapids
Dominicans Program and giving classes in Dream work.
Marie, Coach, Speaker and Author, is an executive coach
for professionals who are committed to ongoing development
of themselves and their leadership teams or who are experiencing
transition. She is an executive recovery coact) for professionals
rebuilding careers impacted by alcoholism or addiction. Prior
to becoming a coach, Therese owned a successful recruiting
practice, and in 2009, she wrote, "Yes! You Can Land
a Job Even in a Crummy Economy," a book focused on building
self-awareness and job search capability. Therese's BA in
Business Administration is from Wayne State University, and
she received her coaching certification from Leadership University:
B-Coach. As a person in long-term recovery, she actively connects
executives and professionals with resources that promote sobriety
and recovery, for themselves and their employees. Her personal
recovery began in a 12 Step group for friends and families
of alcoholics, and today, she facilitates a recovery group
for teens whose lives have been impacted by alcoholism. Visit
her at www.meettherese.com
Denis Naeger spent 26 years as
a counselor at U of D Jesuit High School in Detroit, and over
the same period, he was Family Minister and Marriage Prep
Coordinator at Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Orchard Lake.
He received his Master's Degree in Counseling from St. Louis
University, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and currently
has his own private practice in West Bloomfield. Denis and
his wife have four adult sons.
Olesnavage is a graduate of the Internship in Ignation
Spirituality and was commissioned as a Spiritual Director
and is licensed as a Counselor. He has taught religious education
in multiple parishes and is active with Christian men fellowships
as well as healing ministry. Joe is a spiritual and retreat
director and guides individuals through the Spiritual Exercises.
He has degrees in psychology, education and counseling from
Wayne State University and was an educator and counselor in
the Detroit Public Schools for over 25 years. Joe is married
to Sue and they have two adult children, Jason and Katy.
Bernard Owens, SJ, was ordained in 1972, earned his
doctorate in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological
Union in Berkeley, CA in 1983, taught at the University
of Detroit Mercy from 1981 to 1994. Working at Manresa from
1994 until 2013, he directed the Internship in Ignatian
Spirituality, led the annual seminar in Christian Spiritual
Classics, and guided retreatants through the Spiritual Exercises
of Ignatius of Loyola. On August 22, 2013 he moved to the
Mwangaza Jesuit Retreat Centre.
Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ
Pedro Arrupe Community
Nairobi, KENYA EAST AFRICA EMAIL:
Redican is a priest and a member of the Congregation
of St. Basil. While in the seminary he received treatment
in Guest House in Lake Orion Michigan in 1980. After ordination
in 1983 he worked primarily as a secondary school teacher
and principal. He has lead dozens of 12 Step retreats throughout
Canada and the Midwestern United States. Fr. Joe currently
lives part time in Toronto and part time in Detroit where
he is chaplain of Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
Thomas Ryan, SJ, has been a teacher of theology and
Scripture and a campus minister and counselor in Jesuit
High Schools and at Regis University in Denver, and after
a year and a half giving retreats at Manresa, has moved
on to the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Ohio. E-mail
Jim Serrick, SJ, is now a former Director of Manresa
Jesuit Retreat House for 14 years, but he graces from time
to time his old haunts to help us with retreats.
Linda Sevcik, SM, is a Marist Sister originally from
Wheeling, West Virginia. She began her studies at Marygrove
College and received her M.A.in Education from the University
of Detroit Mercy. She has a Licentiate in Theology from the
Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where she studied
at the Institute of Psychology. Her ministerial experience
is in teaching, counseling and spiritual direction. Presently
she serves in leadership in her community, while maintaining
a commitment to teach seminarians at the Institute for Priestly
Formation one month a year at Creighton University in Omaha,
NE. She is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and
her particular interest is formational: how best to help people
in ongoing spiritual and human growth, and the integral connections
Tim Shepard, SJ, a former director of Jesuit novices
of the Detroit and Chicago Provinces, has a Master of Divinity
from Loyola University and a Master of Sacred Theology/Spirituality
from the Jesuit School of Theology. He is currently involved
in spiritual ministry at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston,
Shoots is a Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor
with more than 20 years experience in the drug and alcohol
addiction field. He has been assisting people who love people
with addiction problems in many types of clinical settings.
He has worked as a therapist in rehabilitation centers for
over 20 years and now works as an out-patient therapist in
a private practice. He has a firm understanding of the hold
that addictions can have on a person because he is a recovering
person himself for over 25 years. Along with his vast experience
in the addiction field, his passion is to help others who
have addictions the same way he was helped 25 years ago. Joe
has a Master's Degree in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology.
Sr. Sally Smolen, RSM, and other
Sisters of Mercy were invited by the Detroit Mercy Leadership
Team in the fall of 2002 to establish an intentional inter-regional
Mercy residence and ministry site. Sally and four othersthe
"founding five"moved into their new home in
November 2003. Though their ministry at House of Mercy is
in its early stages, the sisters developed an initial mission
statement that guides their role in the University community.
In part, the mission reads, "...the Sisters of Mercy
of the Americas offer to provide a place of hospitality and
creative community activities for UDM students and faculty
in collaboration with our Jesuit brothers at UDM and Gesu
Parish..." Sally has moved her private practice in psychotherapy
to the site, brings an extensive background in nursing, psychology
and music. An affiliate assistant professor at UDM, she has
facilitated groups within the College of Health Professions
and has taught in the Parish Nurse program. She is eager to
enhance current UDM services by offering individual therapy,
facilitating small groups and developing educational sessions
on topics of interest to students, faculty and staff.
Joseph F. Wagner, SJ, is Associate Professor in the
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Xavier
University in Cincinnati, Ohio, teaching mathematics and mathematics
teachers. As a Jesuit priest, he also works in Campus Ministry,
and lives as residence hall chaplain in Buenger Hall. Joe
spent a month working with us at Manresa as part of his tertianship,
the final year of Jesuit formation.