Spiritual Direction at Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre
Spiritual Direction Team 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.
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. email@example.com 306-242-1916 (228)
QUEEN’S HOUSE TEAM OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS
A 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 306-242-1916 (228)
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. email@example.com 306-341-1663
Gisele 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
email@example.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 holds a Master in Divinity from Emmanuel St. Chad College in Saskatoon, has been a registered nurse and is currently a church minister. Her interest in accompanying others led her to the Spiritual Direction Formation Program at Queen’s House. 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.
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.
Linda Labelle earned a M.A. in Ministry and Spirituality with a concentration in Spiritual Direction from Regis College (Jesuit) + Toronto School of Theology. Prior to moving to Saskatoon, Linda spent eight years as the Diocesan Coordinator of Faith Development and Evangelisation in northern Ontario. With an academic and experiential background in a wealth of spiritualities, she has been in private practice for over thirty years. As an affiliate spiritual director at Queen’s House, she is also a qualified supervisor. Taking ten Sacred Scripture courses at University speaks to her passion for the Word. She is well formed and proficient in Ignatian Spirituality, the long retreat as well as the 17th,18th and 19th Annotations. Her passions include sacred story; a myriad of prayer forms including contemplative, meditative, narrative + journal writing and sacred music. She has recently completed the Mental Health Skills certificate (72 course hours) through the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute to better enable her to walk with victims of trauma. Linda makes herself available to all people who seek to discern their call to live in the Divine Presence, and to cultivate their intimacy with God through the person of Jesus Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the midst of life’s ups and downs 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 Inter-Varsity campus ministry. She is a graduate of the Queen’s House Spiritual Direction Formation Program and is with Transforming Community through the Transforming Center (founder: Ruth Haley Barton). 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 is trained and available as a supervisor to spiritual directors.
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.
Gloria Mitchell has spent her career working with individuals going through life transitions. She holds a degree and training in the Social Sciences. Gloria is
practiced in the ‘listening’ of people’s life’s stories, and recognizes the potential for growing understanding and self awareness through reminiscing of events of joy, sorrow, success, and loss.
Placing these reflections in a sacred and safe place often renders enlightenment through conversation, and contemplation towards finding Gods presence, grace,
mercy and love in the everyday and extraordinary. Practices of prayer and
scripture can be offered.
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. email@example.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.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 306-231-6574 Website
Diane Waldbillig offers spiritual companionship to seekers of any faith, race or gender who are looking for a closer walk with the God of their understanding. People who are grieving loss of a loved one, health, youth or hope are welcome including those who want something more in their lives. Experienced in LGBTQ companionship and family support, she offers a safe place to discover all are God’s beloved children. God-centered Yoga Therapy is an optional addition using breath, meditation and simple movements for healing of body, mind and spirit creating a space for God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.
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. email@example.com 306-227-0171