Ongoing Spirituality Opportunities
Spiritual Direction Individual Directed Retreats Spiritual Directors Special Groups Massage Therapy
A spiritual director listens to the person's story with an ear to the movement of God. She explores with the person:
- The signs and meaning of God's activity in his/her life;
- The direction God seems to be calling him/her;
- His/her on-going relationship with God.
God is the ultimate director...the spiritual director companions the person on his/her journey.
Spiritual direction is a centuries old practice in Christianity. It is the art of listening in the context of a trusting relationship. It provides an opportunity for an individual to:
- Talk about his/her life;
- Share his/her experience of God's presence and action in his/her life;
- Grow in his/her relationship with God...and the ways of discovering God with a person specially trained in the area of spiritual direction.
Directees usually attend one hour sessions once a month. However, sessions can be held more frequently during times of crisis, major change or transition for the directee upon request.
Spiritual direction is held in an appropriate setting designated by the spiritual director.
The reasons for choosing spiritual direction are many and varied.
- An individual's spiritual hunger and search for meaning in life;
- There is a need and desire to grow and deepen one's relationship with God;
- Like any good relationship, there is constant change and growth;
- The support received while being accompanied on the spiritual journey.
Spiritual direction is an opportunity to share one's inner life in a confidential setting with a trusted listener. Many directees have expressed the following benefits:
- A sense of inner calm and peace;
- A sense of direction in one's life;
- A sense of living a deeper and fuller life;
- A sense of living in the wonder, awe and mystery of God.
Cost for spiritual direction through the Spirituality Center is based on a sliding scale of $30-$45.
Available Sisters of Charity Spiritual Directors
There are several Sisters of Charity in the Cincinnati area who are trained spiritual directors. Below you will find information on each. Please contact the Sister directly if you wish to have one of them journey with you in spiritual direction. Check with these individual Sisters regarding their fee for spiritual direction.
MAUREEN HEVERIN, SC, received formal training in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, Ohio in 1992. Her ministry experience includes elementary education and adult education, social service work, spiritual formation and leadership in the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Congregation. Presently Maureen’s ministry in the Spirituality Center includes spiritual direction (individual and group), directing retreats and facilitating various spiritual programs. (513) 347-1408
CAROL BRENNER, SC, is a spiritual director. She completed an Internship in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, OH in 1987 and has been companioning others on their spiritual journey since then. Her past ministry experience includes teaching, religious education, parish ministry, eleven years in St. Lucia in the West Indies and sixteen years on the staff of the Spirituality Center as a retreat minister.
BETTY FINN, SC, has been a spiritual director and retreat director (preached and directed) for 15 years. She participated in Spiritual Direction training at St. Meinrad’s and the Athenaeum of Ohio. She has a M.Ed. with a concentration in counseling from Xavier University and a MA in pastoral counseling from the Athenaeum. Betty believes that we are all spiritual persons who have growth issues that affect our lives. Some of these can be worked with using techniques/knowledge of spiritual direction; others require the ability to use psychology, and she can offer knowledge and techniques from both fields.
PAT BERNARD, SC, RN, has been a spiritual director and retreat director since 1990. She received formal preparation in spiritual direction at the
Mercy Centerin , CA. Pat has training in dream work, journaling, centering prayer, Lectio Divina, Native American spirituality and creative expression modalities. She served on the retreat staff of the Sangre de Cristo Renewal Program in Burlingame . Her ministry experience includes healthcare outreach, with management and nursing services among the poor. Santa Fe, NM
MARY ANN HUMBERT, SC, participated in the Summer Institute in Spiritual Direction out of Loyola University, Chicago and studies in the Christian Spirituality program at Creighton University, Omaha, NE. She completed her internship in Retreat and Spiritual Direction at Milford Spiritual Center where she subsequently worked as part of the internship training team. She has conducted prayer classes, retreat opportunities, and adult educational sessions for men and women from diverse religious traditions. She is trained in Bio-Spirituality and Focusing and has been journeying with others as a Spiritual Director since 1973.
KATERI MAUREEN KOVERMAN, SC, did her training and supervision in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Cincinnati in 1989. She is available for individually directed retreats. With a masters in social work (Catholic University) and a masters in ministry (the Athenaeum of Ohio) she served during war periods in Vietnam, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and El Salvador. Those experiences augmented by a 2001 certified professional Enneagram Training and Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor training provide the backdrop for her individual and group psychotherapy with combat veterans who are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
MARY ELLEN MURPHY, SC, is engaged the ministry of spiritual direction/companioning, directed retreats and leading days of reflection. Her ministry experience includes teaching, parish work, religious education, missionary work in Africa and social service work with low income elderly in Cincinnati. She also served as executive councilor and president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Congregation. She has an MA in Religious Education from the University of Notre Dame and completed the Spiritual Direction Internship Program at Kordes Center in Ferdinand, Indiana in 2005.
MONTIEL ROSENTHAL, SC, has been offering individual and group Spiritual Direction since 2000. Her Spiritual Direction training was through the Vincentian Center for Spirituality in the Workplace and the Vincentian Renewal Center in Princeton, NJ. She has particular interests in Near Eastern Spirituality and Spirituality in Medicine. She has been a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati since 1986, and served as a missionary to Armenia. She currently ministers as a Family Physician teaching medical students and residents, providing medical care from preconception to the end of life, providing health care for the uninsured and performing Medical Acupuncture.
DONNA STEFFEN, SC, received her training in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in 1988. She has an MA in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/Graduate Theological Union. Donna is a certified Enneagram teacher through the Helen Palmer School. She has a background in parish ministry, does national and local RCIA workshops, authored A Handbook on Prayer (RCL), has trained spiritual directors, continues to lead retreats, and offers Spiritual Direction at her home in East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati.
Group spiritual direction is now available!
For some people individual spiritual direction is helpful. Others may find group spiritual direction meets their needs. During the group time together there is a call upon the Spirit for guidance, Scripture reflection, silence, sharing, and prayer together. The most important element in group spiritual direction is the contemplative stance of presence to God for one another within the group and prayer for one another outside the meeting. Meeting times are set up for convenience of the group. If you are interested in being a part of a group, contact S. Maureen Heverin, SC at 513-347-1408.
This is an opportunity for a retreatant to share his/her prayer experience with a trained director in order to discover the movement of the Spirit. Spiritual Directors are available to meet with you as a regular companion on your life journey in relationship with God or to assist you dureing a directed retreat. Spiritual direction and private retreats are individually arranged by calling 513-347-5449. Group spiritual direction is also available.
Theme, prayer and process are arranged to meet the needs of each particular group here or at the local site. Programs are available to parish committees/parish councils, school faculties/parish teams, liturgical ministers and many others. Our programs can range from a few hours to several consecutive evenings to weekend retreats. While we do provide suggestions for themes, we are always open to ideas from the groups themselves. By providing custom designed programs to these groups, we hope to help participants maximize these opportunities for spiritual growth.
Programs can be arranged by calling 513-347-5449.