Our Associate Directors and Presenters
Jesuits & Ministerial
Staff, Support Staff, Board
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.
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 Exercisesin conjunction with Eastern Spirituality
and the use of Icons in meditation and contemplationhave 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 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.
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.
Patrick Fairbanks, SJ, a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Province, is
pastor of St Francis Xavier Church and regional vocation promoter.
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.
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.
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 Neville graduated from Manresas Internship Program in 2005. She
is 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 Olesnavage is a graduate of Manresa's Internship Program,
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.
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.
Maurice was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He professed vows in
the Basilian Fathers in 1983, and was ordained to the priesthood in
1986. Since ordination he has served in various capacities in parishes
in Texas, in Cali, Colombia, at St. Annes in Detroit, and more
recently as Pastor at Most Holy Trinity Church in Angleton, Texas.
He has a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University
in Rome, and has taught at the University of St. Thomas School of
Theology in Houston, the University of St. Michaels College
Faculty of Theology in Toronto, and St. Josephs College in Edmonton.
He is also a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams and has served
on team in Hebron in the Palestinian Territories. He is passionate
about justice issues, good food, and pottery.
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.
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, MI.
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
Terry Sullivan is on a Guest House outreach team that visits dioceses
to educate Church leaders about chemical dependency.