Spiritual Opportunities


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A Day for You

“A Day Away” is an opportunity to take a day to be attentive, be creative, and be quiet at Lial Renewal Center.
Pack a lunch, take a walk, sit by the lake or the warmth of a fire…
Let the day unfold and leave renewed. Call ahead, and a staff member will be waiting to greet you.

Daytime Meeting Space

Daytime Meeting Spaces allow parish staff or group members to get away during the work week for
strategic planning, team-building, ministry formation or prayer and reflection…together.

Groups may set their own agenda, or a staff member will be happy to help
plan, organize and facilitate your group experience.

Private Retreat

A Private Retreat allows a person time and space for deeper and
quieter prayer in a beautiful, natural setting. This time alone with God may be one or more days.

Directed Retreat

A Directed Retreat provides quiet space for prayer, as well as a meeting each day with a spiritual director.
This retreat may extend over a weekend, several days or a week.

Meet our SND Spiritual Directors

Spiritual Direction encourages the seeker to become more keenly aware of how God is present and at work.
Spiritual directors are available to listen with you to the Holy Spirit, ask reflective questions,
point out resources, assist with roadblocks, and celebrate breakthroughs.

Sister Marilyn Ann Angel, SND

In spiritual direction, I walk with directees as they seek to deepen their relationship with God. Along with the directee we discern the kind of direction God is leading them. I received my three year training through a diocesan sponsored program directed by Sr. Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ, in Toledo at Lourdes College. This program also provided a year of training on directing retreats.

Port Clinton, OH/567-395-2385

Sister Joyce Marie Bates, SND



I received certification in spiritual direction in 1995 from Jesuit Retreat Center called Columbiere near Detroit, MI.  I believe my role is to be a good listener and to walk with the directee.  I direct through an Ignatian lens and can also lead others through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Sandusky, OH/419-304-1244


Sister Joanne Mary Frania, SND

In spiritual direction I accompany persons on their life journeys, listening for how God may be leading them to facilitate their growth in their relationship with God and finding God as integral in their daily living.

In 1998 I was trained in the 5-month Resident Associate Program at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA; in 2000 I returned for their 30-day Associate Program in order to direct the 30-day retreat and the Nineteenth Annotation retreat according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Sylvania, OH/419-913-9851


Sister Mary Deborah Giles, SND

Sister Mary Deborah Giles received a MA in Christian spirituality with certification for retreat and spiritual direction from Creighton University. Sr. Deb describes her approach as a contemplative and existential experience of attending, discerning and appreciating the movements of God calling the individual to fullness of life.





Sister Susan Maria Kusz, SND

Sisterkusz Susan Maria Kusz has worked in spiritual direction and retreat ministry for the past twenty-plus years in Ohio, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin at a variety of retreat/sabbatical centers.

She studied at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Michigan. Sr. Susan has a special love and care for creation and is deeply committed to living and promoting a sustainable way of life in care for Earth, our common home. She writes a weekly blog at https://tendingsacredearth.wordpress.com

Oshkosh, WI/920-231-9060, x 224


Sister Mary Barbra Ostheimer, SND

barbraSister Mary Barbra sees spiritual direction as a personal opportunity to share one’s life journey (one to one) with an experienced director and person of prayer in order to personally discover and celebrate what God is doing in one’s own life and to foster growth in one’s relationship with the Lord. A spiritual director also is alert to assist the person seeking spiritual direction (the directee) to note where and how God is active in his or her daily life and prayer. This accompaniment is a special gift on one’s life journey.

Sister received her Masters degree in Spirituality with an emphasis in spiritual direction and retreat ministry from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, and made the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and participated in the Jesuit training program at Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Toledo, OH/714-824-0810

Sister Mary Dean Pfahler SND

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Sister Mary Dean delights in helping seekers savor their experience of Gracious Mystery in their lives.  She completed the internship in Ignatian spirituality at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and recently enjoyed a sabbatical at Springbank Retreat: Ecospirituality and the Arts. She is currently engaged in parish and campus ministry.

Long Beach, CA/419-304-8530


Sister Joan Marie Recker SND



Sister is available for spiritual direction and retreat programs.  Sister previously served on the international leadership team of the congregation, in provincial leadership and as novice director.  She has an MA in theology from St. John’s Collegeville, MN and completed the spirituality program at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Wernersville PA.  She believes that every retreat is primarily an opportunity to experience God’s unconditional love and to love more deeply in return.

Sylvania, OH/419-913-9712



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