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Our Associate Directors and Presenters

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Fr. Tim BabcockFr. Timothy Babcockis a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit. 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.
Fr. Stephen BonianFr. Stephen Bonian, SJ is an Eastern Rite Jesuit priest who has worked with Chaldean, Maronite, Coptic and Byzantine Churches and communities in the United States, the Holy Land and the Near East. Born in Iran and raised in Iraq, he lived his youth in both countries. He joined the Jesuits after graduation from Baghdad College a year before they were ousted from that country in 1969. Father Bonian holds a Masters of Divinity from Weston School of Theology, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Eastern Liturgy and Patristics from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and an Advanced Professional Degree in Religions and Religious Education from Fordham University. He has worked to integrate Eastern and Ignatian Spirituality, and these adaptations of the Spiritual Exercises—in conjunction with Eastern Spirituality and the use of Icons in meditation and contemplation—have been useful in his extensive retreat work. Fr. Bonian is also available to speak on the Eastern Christian Churches, Liturgies, and the Fathers of the Church (e.g., St. Ephrem, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Isaac of Nineveh) and their unique spiritual heritage.
Hugh BuchananMr. Hugh Buchanan was born in Detroit and raised in Royal Oak and Sterling Heights. He served in the U. S. Army as both enlisted man and officer, including a tour in Korea. After leaving the Army in 1971, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Beach, and together they have five children, three boys and two girls. Hugh worked with the Ford Motor Company for 34 years with assignments in manufacturing, accounting, analysis, business planning, vehicle launch and quality. He has degrees in both Accounting and Business. Hugh had been attending retreats here since the late 1960's, and in January of 2008 was serving on the Board of Directors. Given this experience and a background that could help in the middle of a growing financial crisis, he was asked by the Board and Fr. Walt Farrell to fill the new position of Associate Director in which he served until 2015. Hugh and Mary Ellen have been active in their parishes and the Archdiocese. Hugh was Parish Council president and served five years on the council at Resurrection Parish in Canton, sang in the choir, and established three men's fellowships at different parishes which are still thriving. For about ten years he has published weekly reflections on the Sunday readings for use by these groups and others; the reflections are posted to Manresa's Facebook page each Friday morning.
Sr. Kathleen BudeskySr. Kathleen 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.
Fr. Patrick Fairbanks, SJ, a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Province, is pastor of St Francis Xavier Church and regional vocation promoter.
Mildred FrankMs. Mildred Frank was involved in the Secondary School System for 37 years. She has been a spiritual director and a speaker at international conferences and seminars for many years. Mildred is a beloved presence and an inspiring voice in the recovery community. She gives back tirelessly and selflessly to the community that helped her. Mildred is a towering example of embracing and living recovery. For decades Mildred has spent 30 to 40 weekends a year sharing her message throughout Canada, the US and beyond. In her decades of speaking many tens of thousands have benefited from her message.
Fr. Si HendryFr. 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 led faculty, administrators, and staff through Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises at both universities. He has also worked with the Jesuit Volunteers Corps for almost three decades, directing a regional office, presenting workshops and retreats, and serving on its board of directors. He has a special interest in the connections between spirituality and social justice and in the societal dimensions of religious faith.
Fr. Gene MerzFr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ 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 Moment 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 and parishes, Finding God in Each Moment (2006), and Moments to Remember: Ignatian Wisdom for Aging (2015).
Diane NevilleMs. Diane Neville was commissioned as a Spiritual Director in 2005 after completing Manresa’s Internship in Ignatian Spirituality. She is also trained in guiding others in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, is an experienced retreat presenter, and has a guided meditation website: Seeking His Face. Diane was the Director of Women's Ministry at Manresa in 2013 and 2014. She is married to Philip and has two adult children, Brian and Shannon. Diane brings to her ministry a deep love for the Lord and a desire to love and serve Him in everyone she meets.
Joe OlesnavageMr. Joe Olesnavage is a graduate of the Internship in Ignatian Spirituality, 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.
Fr. Joe RedicanFr. Joe Redican, OSBM 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.
Fr. Maurice Restivo, CSB, is a Basilian priest, serving presently as pastor of Most Holy Trinity parish in Angleton, Texas. He has travelled from his native Houston, Texas, to teaching at the Aquinas Institute, aHigh School in Rochester, New York; did a year in the novitiate in Sugar Land, then to Toronto for Theology studies, then to serve at St. Theresa’s parish in Sugar Land during his diaconate, and to Holy Family in Missouri City shortly after ordination to the priesthood. Then he headed south, for 30 months in Cali, Colombia, part of the first Basilians to go to Colombia. After Cali, it was back to Sugar Land for a few months, then on to graduate studies at the Gregorian University in Rome. His next assignment was in inner-city Detroit, at Sainte Anne’s parish—the second-oldest continuously functioning parish in the United States, which has been staffed by Basilians since 1886. From there it was back to Houston to work with the permanent diaconate program, then the School of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, and then to Toronto, to teach in the Faculty of Theology and help with formation. That time was punctuated by six months back in Cali, as acting pastor of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, and then a surprise phone call initiated a move back to Texas, this time to Most Holy Trinity in Angleton. His time in Colombia helped him develope a love for and interest in issues of peace and justice, eventually culminating in studies in Latin American Christology. He is convinced that the mission of the Christian is to be a witness to the values of God’s Kingdom, even while immersed in this world. It is a constant challenge.

Sr. Linda SevcikSr. Linda Sevcik, SM, is a Marist Sister originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. She began her studies at Marygrove College and received her MA 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, Nebraska. 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 between them.

Sr. Sally Smollen Sr. Sally Smolen, RSM, MSN, PhD, is a Transformative Grief Specialist, liturgist & cantor. Her professional life has been dedicated to the health care of others, initially in varied roles in the field of nursing for 30 years and more recently for 15 years in the field of clinical psychology. Visit her website.
Terry SullivanMr. Terry Sullivan is on a Guest House outreach team that visits dioceses to educate Church leaders about chemical dependency.

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