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Fr. Tim BabcockFr. Timothy Babcock 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.
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 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 Exercises—in conjunction with Eastern Spirituality and the use of Icons in meditation and contemplation—have 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 heritage.
Sr. Kathleen BudeskyKathleen 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.
Mildred FrankMildred 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.
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 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 faith.
Fr. Gene MerzEugene 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).
Diane NevilleDiane 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. 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.
Joe Olesnavage' width=Joe 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.
Fr. Joe RedicanJoe 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.
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 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 between them.
Sr. Sally Smollen 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
Terry SUllivanTerry Sullivan is on a Guest House outreach team that visits dioceses to educate Church leaders about chemical dependency.