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.
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 Bagdad 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 APD in Religions and Religious Education
from Fordham University. He has worked with Maronite Catholic
parishes in Oklahoma, Minnesota and Ohio. Over the years he
has worked to integrate Eastern and Ignatian Spirituality.
These adaptations of the Spiritual Exercisesin conjunction
with Eastern Spirituality and the use of Icons in meditation
and contemplationhave been useful in his retreat work
for both groups and individuals both in the Middle East, including
the Holy Land, and in the United States.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. Issac of Nineveh) and their unique spiritual
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.
Frank has a background is in education. She was involved
in the Secondary School System for 37 years. Mildred is a
spiritual director and has been 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
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.
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
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, parishes and many others,
and Finding God in Each Moment (2006).
Neville was commissioned as a Spiritual Director in
2005 after completing Manresas 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. Diane 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.
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.
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.
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
Sr. Sally Smolen, RSM, MSN,
PhD, 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. For
more information see Sister's web site
Sullivan is on a Guest House outreach team that visits
dioceses to educate Church leaders about chemical dependency.