Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction at Queen’s House – Spiritual Direction Brochure

What is a Spiritual Director?

A Spiritual Director is someone who listens and has discerned a call to accompany others – especially those who are experiencing challenges – with finding  meaning and wholeness in life.  A Spiritual Director has  personally experienced being accompanied by their own spiritual director, and has pursued appropriate training in this listening ministry.

The Spiritual Directors at Queen’s House are representative of the wider ecumenical community and together bring a richness of wisdom and experience to provide a     compassionate guiding presence to anyone seeking meaning in the complexities of life today.

Our spiritual directors are concerned with the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. If you have a gnawing hunger for something more in life, or want to explore new ways to pray; if prayer has become difficult, or God seems absent; if there is an important life decision you need to make – please call Queen’s House and you will be forwarded to someone who will set up an initial interview with you and talk over your desires and hopes. An offering of $25 – $80 per session is suggested.

Private Directed Retreats are adapted to individual needs. Scripture reflection and restful privacy will help you to better discern God’s unique call of personal renewal. Please contact Queen’s House to inquire about the possibility of booking a personal retreat – with or without the accompaniment of a spiritual director.

Information specific to supervision of Spiritual Direction: Supervision Information
Supportive resources for spiritual directors: Ministry Support Information 2019

Queen’s House has a number of trained Spiritual Directors with a variety of backgrounds and length of experiences. If you are new to spiritual direction or have questions about it, please contact our Spiritual Direction Coordinator,  Sister Adeline Behm F.D.L.P. spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org   306-242-1916 (228)


Adeline close-upA life-long seeker through the pathways of darkness, Sister Adeline Behm has more than 30 years experience as Prayer Companion, Spiritual Director, directed & guided retreats, and 5th Step.  She is familiar with many Christian spiritualities and tools of spiritual growth including dark nights of John of the Cross, Ignatian desolation  and consolation, journaling, focusing, mandalas as well as the 5th Step.  She has been personally shaped by the mystics of the 12th – 14th centuries. Sister Adeline is currently the Coordinator of Spiritual Direction + Directed Retreats.                 spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org        306-242-1916 (228)

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Debra Arndt   obtained her training as a Spiritual Director through SoulStream, an organization whose mission is to nurture contemplative experience with Christ leading to inner freedom and loving service.  She is part of the SoulStream team and considers it a sacred privilege to companion others on life’s pilgrimage, looking for the presence of God in all things.  She has some background in self-knowledge tools such as Myer-Briggs and the Enneagram, and in spiritual practices.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education and taught high school English for 18 years.   ldarndt@shaw.ca       306-341-1663

  gisele_baucheGisele Bauche is a spiritual director and team leader of the Spiritual Direction Formation Program at Queen’s House, holding degrees in Theology, Education and Art. She is interested in journeying with those who desire to grow in the awareness of God’s presence in their lives and assisting their process of discernment.  She facilitates retreats in scripture, spirituality, loss and grief, and healing through art. She is a religious artist and offers workshops in the study of sacred icons with contemplative prayer.  She was Director of the Pastoral Office and later Director of Queen’s House in Saskatoon with many years in Adult Formation.
gbauche@sasktel.net          306-380-3577             Website

Jan Clarke offers a place of spaciousness and freedom for those seeking meaning in their lives and the world. Each path is sacred. Each journey, whatever it entails, deserves attention through listening, reflection and conversation. An accompaniment for healing journeys; work and ministry dynamics; recovery and contemplative activism.
janclarke111@gmail.com                        306-244-0690


Spiritual direction is a life-giving journey for those who are feeling called to explore who they are, and discern God’s presence in their lives. Sarah Donnelly is particularly interested in accompanying those who are facing transition in their faith journey or experiencing loss in their lives. Centering Prayer, dream work, using the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicators, and a passionate interest in exploring first half/second half of life issues, desert experiences and “dark nights” shape the ministry she offers. Sarah is a graduate of The Haden Institute: Spiritual Direction in the Jungian Christian Mystical Tradition and works within the ecumenical Christian community. She is available to see people in person, and online using Zoom, Skype, and Messenger.  info@sarahdonnelly.ca        306-717-3707                 Website

Thomas Friesen seeks to hold a warm and invitational space where you can enter as you are, with all that life is made up of. Through gentle listening and presence he desires to pay attention to how God may be moving in your life – in both joys and sorrows, the exceptional and the everyday. In companionship, discover the threads of God that have been sewn deep into your soul. thomasfriesen@gmail.com   306-202-6234        Website

Rev. Heather Hedlin provides a warm, open and accepting presence while listening together with you for the Spirit’s guiding. You are invited to explore a deeper spiritual connection with your God in life’s every moment and to find strength, healing and growth from past major life experiences, family of origin issues, complex relationships and life transitions.
heather.hedlin@gmail.com      306-291-6832    Website

Eileen Klaassen has a gentle and peaceful presence, with listening skills learned in Clinical Pastoral Education and her subsequent work as a spiritual care provider in a hospital setting. She has been a registered nurse and a church minister. She holds a Master in Divinity from Emmanuel St. Chad College in Saskatoon. Her interest in accompanying others led her to pursue the Spiritual Direction Formation Program at Queen’s House, which she recently completed. In her love of  discovering  the uniqueness of each person, she brings this awareness to those she companions. She believes in the healing power of telling one’s story in order to grow in the awareness of the Creator’s involvement in our lives.      e.klaassen@yahoo.ca           306-249-4327

Sister Marijka Konderewicz, S.S.M.I. obtained her diploma in Spiritual Direction at Regis College, Toronto and is familiar with the Ignatian Exercises, 12 step recovery and other tools of spiritual awareness and growth.  She has a certificate in Eastern Christian Studies and a Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality.  As a spiritual companion, she has journeyed with others who seek the inner journey toward wholeness and healing.  Sister Marijka  is fluent in English and Ukrainian.
mary.konderewicz@yahoo.ca      306-652-1718

Linda Labelle earned her M. A. in Ministry & Spirituality with a concentration in Spiritual Direction from Regis College (Jesuit)  and the Toronto School of Theology.  With over 30 years of spiritual director experience Linda is also a qualified supervisor.  Her passions include Ignatian spirituality and discernment, contemplative prayer, healing prayer, mysticism, Sacred Scripture, retreat work, personal sacred story telling and writing, as well as various prayer forms including sacred music.  Linda is very open to the LGTB community and she continues to offer programs and spiritual direction at Queen’s House.       2012outoftheashes@gmail.com           306-202-9321 

 Dianne Mantyka accompanies those on their path of becoming all they are created to be in loving relationship to God, self, nature and others. She believes God constantly makes all things new in our lives as we attentively surrender to Christ’s redemption being revealed.  She holds a M.Div. with a Spiritual Theology concentration from Regent College, has CPE training, and has experience in inner healing prayer ministry and a variety of prayer forms.  Her background includes biology, missions, and 19 years in Inter-Varsity campus ministry. She is a wife, care-giver, step-mom, Oma, and enjoys her family and friendships, the outdoors, reading, creativity, learning and empowering.
With Queen’s House, Dianne co-directs the Spiritual Direction Formation Program, is on the Programming Team and the Spiritual Directors Team, and offers Silent Directed Retreats and the Nineteenth Annotation. Her experience connects her with a variety of backgrounds. Dianne received training, has experience and is available as a supervisor to spiritual directors.             dimantyka@sasktel.net       306-370-8378

The Rev. Dr. Trish McCarthy is a seasoned ordained priest and seminary professor, who journeys with people who are discerning God’s grace and direction. Trish works well with people from varied ethnic backgrounds including First Nations people. She has a heart for pastors, leads Clergy Peer Group Spiritual Direction, and provides supervision for spiritual directors.
tmccarthy@sasktel.net   306-370-8378

Sr. Bernadette O’Reilly is a recent arrival to Saskatoon following many years of  living and working with the Indigenous community in Winnipeg. Spiritual direction has been integral to her own spiritual journey, and a sacred part of her ministry. Trained in Ignatian spirituality, she sees spiritual direction as a way to assist the discernment of spirits that move within us and heed to God’s invitation to choose life.       boreilly9@aol.com     306-321-5384

Sharon Powell believes that God always speaks to us through our life experiences but sometimes we don’t recognize the God anonymous moments. Sharon provides an encouraging and peaceful space for those seeking to recognize the movements of God in their life. Sharon will especially walk with those experiencing codependency issues, marriage breakup or those affected by addictions. She is available for 5th-steps as well.
sharonpowell@sasktel.net          306-664-6505

Sister Emma Rousseau is a member on team at the Presentation of Mary’s Discernment House in Saskatoon. She took her training at the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. She is familiar with dream work, Focusing and Enneagram as tools of self-knowledge and Spiritual Direction. She has facilitated a variety of retreats experiences. She feels called to “listen others into” discovering their personal call to life. She offers a contemplative setting in which a person can explore new ways to pray and to find God in all circumstances. She is fluent in English and in French.      306-260-1970       erousseau03@gmail.com

Raised in the Catholic tradition, Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers has been shaped by the strengths and gifts of various Christian traditions. Steeped in Scripture, prayer and worship she assists seekers to connect with their own goodness and belovedness in God through the relationships, events and experiences of daily life. Her own challenges have taught her that we face hardship and crisis best by strengthening our resilience and deepening our intimacy with our loving God. Trust and grace have been her companions through seasons of darkness. Vocational and situational discernment are among her skills. Marie-Louise holds a Masters in Divinity, a Certificate in Ecumenical Studies, a Certificate in Intercultural Ministry, and has completed several formation programs in Spiritual Direction. Now ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada, she currently serves All Saints Anglican Parish and Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Watrous in a shared ministry arrangement while residing in Humboldt with her husband Jim of 39 years. Marie-Louise is available to meet with persons in Humboldt, Watrous and Saskatoon.  marliset135@gmail.com        306-231-6574       Website

Brian Zimmer offers spiritual direction to help people discern what really matters to them in their lives, and to discern how attitudes, responses and decisions they make in response to their life’s circumstances, affects their spiritual journey. He offers attentive, reflective, non-prescriptive, practical opportunities for a person to develop & grow in their personal spiritual life.       zimmerbrian55@hotmail.com              306-227-0171