Massage Therapist / Spiritual Directors for Hermitages
Massage therapy and spiritual direction are available during your retreat for an additional fee. Costs are arranged when you make appointments with the massage therapist and/or spiritual director.
We need to find God, who cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence.
See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
~ Mother Teresa ~
I completed studies in massage and became nationally certified in 1996. After practicing in New Mexico from 1996 – 2002, I moved to Fond du Lac, where I have established a practice. I am certified for massage in Wisconsin and am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. In addition to massage, I also provide basic cranio-sacral and ear candling.
In 2015, I completed my training in Spiritual Direction from the Franciscan Spirituality Center, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Occasionally, since the mid 1980’s I accompanied individuals in their spiritual journey. My Master’s degree in Religious Education, with a concentration in liturgy, is from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. I have served as high school Social Studies and Theology teacher, Parish Minister and member of the leadership community of my community, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. I am active in social justice causes and am the Coordinator of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation office.
“I am a vowed member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. I was Director of the Art of Spiritual Companionship (Arizona Ecumenical Institute for Spiritual Directors) in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2002 to 2013. I received my formation as a spiritual director at the Hesychia school in Tucson, Arizona, and have a Master’s degree in spirituality from Prescott College in conjunction with studies at the Interfaith Theological Seminary in Tucson. I recently moved from Bisbee, Arizona, where I was part of ‘We Are One Family’ a ministry of presence and service on the Arizona/Mexico border. I now reside in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, hoping to continue my call to journey with others in knowing God in their life. As a contemplative woman, called to Christian discipleship, my personal mission is to provide sacred space for the emergence, nurturance and affirmation of human souls … (spiritual beings on the human journey).”
My Spiritual Direction preparation is from the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, WI. Presently, I am a mentor for participants in that three-year program as they prepare to be a spiritual guide. I have been a spiritual guide and retreat director for over 20 years, and I believe that through the Scriptures, prayer, and with the use of imagination and creativity, we can become aware that our own life’s story is filled with “joyful and sorrowful mysteries” where God is always present with unconditional love and mercy. I have also worked in education, formation ministry, and vocation discernment ministry in my community for a number of years. I also write a weekly blog that is posted on the CSA website.
After completing my training for Spiritual Direction in Chicago, I was on staff at a small “house of prayer” in the African-American community and then joined the staff of Monte Alverno retreat center in Appleton, WI.During that time, I journeyed with people striving to find God. I am in awe at the many wonderous ways God is present in our lives. My delight is to walk with others as they experience God.
I am a graduate of the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha. I have been engaged in the ministry of Spiritual Direction and retreat direction for 11 years, including preached and directed retreats at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh. In addition to ministry of Spiritual Direction, I have taught Theology, at the high school level. I was a member of the Staff of the Brother David Darst Center for Spirituality and Education in Chicago, Illinois. I am a member of the leadership team of my community, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes. In Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I believe that we are deeply loved by God and in the quiet may come to truly know this love.