Adult Spiritual Renewal & Empowerment


Speakers Bureau

Click on the name of a presenter below to view a description of their available topics, target audiences, preferred audience size, required stipend, and a brief biography of the speaker.

Kaye Ashe, OP Carol A. Kaplan, MFT
Richard Bain Eugene F. Lauer
Mario Belotti Robert A. Ludwig
Francis Blouin, FIC Billie Mazzei
John Burchill, O.P. J. Roger McGuinness
William C. Burkert Barbara A. Metz, SNDdeN
Camilla Burns Alfred Mitchell
John Catoir George Morris, SJ
Mary Jo Chavez, OSF Frances B. O'Connor, CSC
Donna L. Ciangio, OP Kathleen O'Gorman
Mark Clarke Anthony T. Padovano
Michael H. Crosby, OFM Cap Barbara E. Reid, OP
James D. Davidson Wade Clark Roof
Becky S. Drury Peggy Rosenthal

Keith J. Egan

Kieran Sawyer, SSND
Chris Everett Stephen Bede Scharper
Rosel Feder, SSND Philip F. Sheldrake
Fran Ferder, FSPA Richard C. Sparks, CSP
James Finley Thomas P. Sweetser, SJ
Richard N. Fragomeni Sidney A. Vineburg
Paula Gonzalez, SC Jerome Wagner, PhD.
Daniel Groody, CSC Dorothy A. Welch, CSJ
Benni E. Heacock Caroljean Willie, SC
John L. Heagle Richard & Clara Wray
P. Keith Hosey Sharon Zayac, OP
Thomas J. Kapacinskas George B. Zornow

Kaye Ashe, OP
2020 Bancrost Way #405
Berkeley, CA 94704-1454 USA
510-644-3575
510-644-3575 (FAX)
kayeashe@aol.com

Topics

Women's Spiritual Quest
The Feminization of the Church
Yearning To Be Whole
Catholic Higher Education
Chakra Spirituality
God, Self, and the New Cosmology
Women and Leadership
Forging a Spiritual Path
Longing for the Divine
Gender, Power and Authority
The Shape of God, Our Souls and the Church in the Post-Modern World
Community and Prophetic Witness (for women religious)

Target Audience

I have lectured or led retreats for women between the ages of 35 and 60 and spoken to groups of women religious, to mixed groups in parish setting, to university faculty members and students.

Preferred Audience Size

I adapt the approach to the size of the audience. I have addressed as few as 30, as many as 1600. I prefer about 50-100, if the group expects extended interaction.

Stipend

This is negotiable and depends if the presentation includes facilitation of group process. The stipend would usually be between $500 and $800.

Presenters Background

Kaye Ashe, OP is a Sinsinawa Dominican who served as Prioress of her Congregation. She has a doctorate in History, French Literature and Church History. She taught for many years at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and teaches at present at St. Mary's College of California. She has written The Feminization of the Church? and has a keen interest in women's history and spirituality.

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Richard Bain
Box 70
Olema, CA 94950-0070 USA
415-663-1139
415-663-9660 (FAX)
rbain@parishmissions.com
www.parishmissions.com

Topics

Adoration
Healing in Catholic Ritual Prayer

Target Audience

No preference

Preferred Audience Size

60-100

Stipend

Whatever + air fare

Presenters Background

Richard Bain has given parish missions and retreats in the U.S. and other countries for over 26 years. He is the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Olema, California in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Richard is also director of a Healing Ministry (non-charismatic).

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Mario Belotti
Via Dante, 78
Grumello del Monte, Bergamo 24064 Italy
39-035-34-33-42
39-035-36-10-56 (FAX)
belopm@tiscalinet.it or montfortsmm@sdmp.org.mw

Topics

From Mask to Grace: The Spiritual Hero's Journey (8 Sessions)
Enneagram & Spiritual Growth (A 6-day Retreat)
Processing Negative Emotions (12 Sessions)
Professional Conduct: Boundaries in Ministerial Relationships (2-day Session)
The Quest for Wisdom: The Montfortian Month as a Process of Holistic Growth
Living the Beatitudes with Mary: A Holistic Formation Process

Target Audience

Adults, both lay and religious

Preferred Audience Size

10 - 20

Stipend

Hard to establish; normally I leave it to the caller

Presenters Background

Mario Belotti, born in Bergamo (North Italy) in 1948 is a member of the Montfort Missionaries (SMM). After his seminary formation in Rome, he spent 18 years in Asia (India and Philippines), teaching in seminaries, serving in a project for the rehabilitation of leprosy patients, conducting retreats and formation for the laity and the clergy, facilitating and supervising community-building processes for a number of religious institutes. In 1996 he earned a doctorate in Wholistic and Cross-Cultural Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union of Chicago. He published three books on topics related to formation within the context of Marian Spirituality and a series of booklets is in preparation concerning Psycho-Spiritual Formation. At present he travels between Italy, Malawi and the USA lecturing, conducting workshops and offering pastoral counseling.

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Francis Blouin, FIC
Brothers of Christian Instruction
PO Box 159
Alfred, ME 04002 USA
207-324-1017 (Phone)
207-490-2370 (FAX)
brfrancis29@yahoo.com

Topics

I am particularly interested in speaking of the God question: how God reveals self and is discovered, difficulties of the process, role of the vows in this relationship, revelation. I have also spoken of freedom, community, education, prayer and all its ramifications.

Target Audience

Almost any group, though my material is more suited to religious, in active ministry or in contemplative life.

Preferred Audience Size

Groups of 20-35 allow for some dialogue, though the size of the group is quite irrelevant.

Stipend

I do not ask for a stipend. What is offered for my presentations is placed in our foreign mission endowment and is used for religious missions in the third world.

Presenters Background

Francis Blouin is Provincial Superior of the American Province of the Brothers of Christian Instruction. He completed his undergraduate work at LaMennais College, a Masters at Catholic University, and a Ph.D. at Fordham University. He has done post-graduate work in Rome and England, as well as in the United States. He has served as teacher, guidance counselor, high school principal and college president. Brother Francis has published in a variety of journals including Spiritual Life and Review for Religious in the areas of prayer, education, freedom, faith and religious life. Through the years he has served on a variety of boards, and currently is Vice President of the Coalition for the Homeless in Maine, Vice Chair of the Council of Churches, Chair of York County Shelters, Inc., and a resource person for Brothers in East Africa. His list of honors includes Life Member of the Jewish Cautaugua Society and recipient of The Israel Peace Medal. He enjoys reading, traveling, bridge and chess.


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James and Teresa Bryant
Ontario, Canada
E-Mail: tlbryant@uwo.ca

Target Audience

Adults

Preferred Audience Size

10-50

Stipend

Together we require travel and accommodation plus $750 per day or $1250 per weekend. Longer retreats to be negotiated.

Topics

The Mystical Hearts of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross
The Call to Joy: Embracing the Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare.

Background

James is professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, having taught in the areas of dreams, contemporary spirituality and relationships. He has given retreats for many years.

Teresa is a psychotherapist at the University of Western Ontario and has lectured in the areas of interfaith dialogue, Buddhism, mysticism and the teachings of Teresa of Avila, St. Clare and other mystics.


John Burchill, O.P.
St. Pius V Priory
55 Elmhurst Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-2893 USA
401-751-4871
401-273-1089 (FAX)
jjbip@juno.com

Topics

Enneagram
Guided/Preached Retreats on a variety of topics
Directed Retreats
Weekend Retreats
Programs for Catholic laity and religious

Target Audience

Programs for Catholic laity and religious

Preferred Audience Size

No preference

Stipend

$500 for a weekend
$1000 for a six-day retreat
$600 for a directed retreat

Presenters Background

John Burchill, O.P. has a Masters in Philosophy from St. Stephen College and a Masters in Biblical Studies from Providence College, together with a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He has served in a variety of ministries: college teaching in Theology and Scripture, administration in retreat and spiritual life centers, on-going formation work in the U.S. and East Africa, renewal work with religious women, co-founder of the Dover and Berakah Renewal Centers, retreats and workshops on a variety of topics (in the U.S., Canada, Africa and New Zealand), presenter on the Enneagram and on the Ministry of Vowed Life, parish missions, itinerant preaching. John is also co-author of The Enneagram and Prayer.

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William C. Burkert
1710 W. Bolivar Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53221-2334 USA
414-282-9063
414-282-6464 (FAX)
frbill@stromans.com

Topics

Gift Discernment (Spirituality of Gift; Role in Developing Self-Esteem, Process/Methods/Exercises)
Collaboration (Spirituality of, Dynamics of, Role of Anger/Hostility/Conflict/Confrontation in, Process/Methods/Exercises for, Leadership in)
Anger (Forgiveness and, Spirituality of, Role in Ministry, Anatomy of, Befriending)
Self-Esteem (Development for, Fonts of, Christian Growth and)
Parish as Community of Service
Myers-Briggs

Target Audience

Adults in Ministry

Preferred Audience Size

20-100

Stipend

What is usual for the retreat house or organization

Presenters Background

A native of Racine, Wisconsin, William Burkert is a graduate of Catholic University with a degree in Philosophy, American University with a degree in Biology and Washington Theological Union with a Masters in Theology -- all in the Washington, D.C. area. Fr. Burkert has served in Our Lady of Victory Parish, an inner city parish in Los Angeles, California, The Chapel of the Sacred Heart, a Hispanic National Parish in Lorain, Ohio, and as Vocation Director of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity in Silver Spring, Maryland. From parish and administration work Bill became the co-director of the Ministries Center for the Laity, Brooklyn, New York, and the Trinity Ministries Center, Stirling, New Jersey, which were dedicated to the development of collaborative ministry. He has given workshops and retreats at parishes, religious communities, dioceses and universities. Bill had been on the faculty of Retreats International Summer Institute (Notre Dame, Indiana) for the past 17 years. He is author of Hunger, Encounter and Celebration. Presently, he is the pastor of a large urban parish in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Camilla Burns
Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University
6307 N. Wayne Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660 USA
773-761-7709
773-508-2321 (FAX)
cburns@luc.edu

Topics

Programs on Scripture:
- Wisdom
- Ruth
- Judith
- Esther
- Job
- Other Old Testament Material

Target Audience

Adults

Preferred Audience Size

20-30; could be larger

Stipend

$150 per hour

Presenters Background

Camilla Burns earned her PhD in Biblical Studies from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, with a concentration in Old Testament Wisdom Tradition. Currently, she is a faculty member at the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University, Chicago. Formerly, she was Director of the IPS.

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John Catoir
St. Jude Media Ministry
63 Monroe Street
Passaic, NJ 07055 USA
973-777-0303
973-472-5033 (FAX)
jcatoir@iopener.net
www.johncatoir.homepage.com

Topics

Joy as the Central Motif of the Gospel
Prayer Made Simple and Joyful
Support for the Divorced and Remarried
Annulment Counselling

Target Audience

Joy is effective for people of all ages; I am 69 year old, however.

Preferred Audience Size

50-100

Stipend

I do not specify.

Presenters Background

John Catoir is the founder and current president of the St. Jude Media Ministry, a national apostolate which uses radio and television to reach out to the millions of unchurched people in America. Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Fordham University School of Business, spent two years in the U.S. Army and then entered Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, New Jersey. He has an earned doctorate in Canon Law from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and honory degrees from a number of universities. He ran the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal for ten years, and for 17 years was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Christophers, a multi-media, non-profit corporation in Manhattan where he hosted the nationally syndicated weekly television series Christopher Closeup. John was Director of Communications for the Diocese of Paterson and Executive Director of Eva's Kitchen and Sheltering Program in Paterson, New Jersey's largest comprehensive poverty program and one of the largest emergency shelters in the nation. He has written fifteen books, including Enjoy the Lord, World Religions and most recently God Delights in You: An Introduction to Gospel Spirituality. He is also a syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service. He is the recipient of a variety of honors and awards.

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Mary Jo Chaves, OSF
The Grotto of Our Sorrowful Mother
5630 SE Mall Street
Portland, OR 97206 USA
503-771-5789
503-254-7948
mjchaves@juno.com

Topics

Following in the Footprints of Jesus Through Franciscan Spirituality
Franciscan Hermitage Experience/Spirituality
Forms of Prayer
Centering Prayer Practice
Integration of Action and Contemplation in Daily Life
Directed Retreats
Living Scripture in One's Daily Life

Target Audience

Men and women of diverse faith backgrounds, committed to their spiritual journey

Preferred Audience Size

It depends on the presentation topic and the mode of presentation. For small group interaction: 10-20; lecture type: 50-200

Stipend

Evening: $200
Day: $300-400
Week Directed Retreat: $500

Presenters Background

Mary Jo Chaves, OSF has been a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia since 1963. She currently ministers as a spiritual director and the retreat coordinator of The Grotto of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, Oregon. Mary Jo has a Masters Degree in Teaching and taught mathematics and religious studies in junior and senior high school for twenty-five years. She also has a Masters in Applied Theology and has served as a spiritual director for twenty years and a spirituality program coordinator for five years.

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Donna L. Ciangio, OP
National Pastoral Life Center
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012-2404 USA
212-431-7825
212-274-9786 (FAX)
smallcommunities@nplc.org or dciangio@nplc.org

Topics

Anything on Small Christian Communities:
What they are
Theological Basis
How to begin in a parish and keep going & growing
Facilitator training
Core Community development
Days of Reflection
Ongoing development of Core Teams
Action/Mission in SCCS
The Value of SCCS in the parish.

Target Audience

Priests, diocesan staff, parish staffs, parishioners

Preferred Audience Size

50-150

Stipend

$500 per day but can negotiate

Presenters Background

Donna Ciangio, OP is a Dominican sister of Caldwell, New Jersey and has a Masters in Art and Art Education from New York University. She is the Project Director of the National Pastoral Life Center, responsible for Small Community Services, conference development and training for pastors; in this capacity she works with the Center's diocesan and parish staff planning services. Donna has served in pastoral and school ministry in urban and suburban parishes, on the RENEW staff as Associate Director and later as National Coordinator and then International Coordinator where she provided training and support ot diocesan and parish leaders in over a hundred dioceses around the world. She has been lecturing and training extensively, helping priests, parish staffs and small community core teams to understand the small community movement. She authored "Small Christian Communities", a widely read article published in Church, as well as many training manuals on small community development currently in use in many countries around the world. Her current project is the NPLC's parish development process "Follow Me!": Disciples For the 21st Century, which helps a parish with formation, parish planning and small faith communities. Sr. Donna is a member of the board of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities and a regular faculty member for RI's Summer Institute.

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Mark Clarke
Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 E Fulton Street
Grand Rapids MI 49503 USA
616-454-1241
616-454-2861 (FAX)
mclarke@dominicancenter.com
www.dominicancenter.com

Topics

Leader a Retreat/Spirituality Center
Marketing
Staff Development
Collaboration with other Institutions
Managing Budget
Supervision

Target Audience

Staff or Leaders including Boards

Preferred Audience Size

10-100

Stipend

Depends on Expectations and Budget

Presenters Background

Mark Clarke has been the Director of a spirituality retreat center (the Dominican Center at Marywood in Grand Rapids, Michigan) for eight years, and has been working in this ministry for 20 uyears. He has had a role in adult formation, youth ministry, marketing and public relations in addition to being the center director. His educational background includes a Masters in Adult Development.

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Michael H. Crosby, OFM Cap
1015 N. Ninth Street
MilwaukeeWI
53233
USA
414-271-0735
414-271-0637 (FAX)
mikecrosby@aol.com

Topics

Spirituality of the Beatitudes
Heart Themes in Matthew's Gospel
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Letting Jesus Question Us (John's Gospel)
Future of Religious Life, The Vows

Target Audience

Informed/searching Christians, especially Catholics

Preferred Audience Size

No limits

Stipend

$10-12 a day per person. Minimum 25, plus travel.

Presenters Background

Michael Crosby lives in community with five other Capuchin Franciscans in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is involved in writing, preaching and justice ministry, especially socially responsible investing. Mike has written twelve books and numerous articles, and has preached around the English-speaking world. He sits on various boards for his Province and other groups working among the poor and/or for social justice.

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James D. Davidson
Purdue University
1819 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906 USA
765-463-9607
765-496-1476 (FAX)
jddatd@tctc.com

Topics

Trends in American Catholicism
Beliefs and Practices of American Laity
Pluralism in Today's Church
Generations of Catholics

Target Audience

Varies

Preferred Audience Size

Varies

Stipend

Depends

Presenters Background

James Davidson, professor of sociology at Purdue University, specializes in the sociology of religion, particularly studies of American Catholicism. He is c-author of The Search for Common Ground, Laity: American and Catholic and American Catholic Laity in a Changing Church. He also writes a bi-weekly syndicated column called Research for the Church for diocesan newspapers throughout the country. He has many articles in academic journals and religious magazines. He has been president of the Religious Rearch Association and the North Central Sociological Association. He has also served as editor of the Review of Religious Research and as executive officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. James has won his Purdue University department's Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as Indiana's Community Service Award.

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Becky S. Drury
Essex House #811
5701 Centre AvenueWest
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 USA
412-365-8778 (h)
412-624-4244 (w)
412-648-2298 (FAX)
bdrury@sas.ise.pitt.edu

Topics

Scripture and story-based retreats
Days of Reflection using Scripture and Story
Seminars and Workshops on the art of storytelling
Storytelling sessions (entertainment)
Stories as a homiletic tool
Training for lectors, commentators

Target Audience

Parish people, women & men religious, priests

Preferred Audience Size

any size - can adjust

Stipend

$500 + travel & accommodations (that's $250 each for Becky and Frances)

Presenters Background

Becky Drury holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University and is a certified fund raising executive. She has taught, lectured, and served in various administrative positions at Indiana University, Purdue University, Saint Mary's College and the University of Pittsburgh. She was Guest Scholar at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame from 1995-1997. Becky was editor, advisor and creative consultant for Like Bread Their Voices Rise, Crumbs From the Table and co-author ofThe Female Face in Patriarchy. She is currently co-editingThe Price of Prophecy with Frances B. O'Connor, CSC.

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Keith J. Egan
Center for Spirituality
52440 Old Hickory Lane
Granger, IN 46530-9085 USA
219-271-8732 (h) or 219-284-4636 (w)
219-284-4716 (FAX)
kegan@saintmarys.edu or Egan.1@nd.edu

Topics

Christian Spirituality
Christian Mysticism
Carmelite Spirituality
Teresa of Avila
John of the Cross
Therese of Lisieux
Eucharist
Prayer and Poetry

Target Audience

Anyone seriously interested in personal spiritual growth or in the role of spirituality in one's ministry or teaching.

Preferred Audience Size

I can adapt ot various sizes of audiences.

Stipend

Whatever is reasonable and affordable.

Presenters Background

Keith Egan holds the Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology at Saint Mary's College where he directs the Center for Spirituality. He is also Adjunct Full Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University. His doctorate is from the University of Cambridge, England. Keith is a corresponding Fellow of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome and a member of the North American Carmelite Forum. He has published widely on Christian and Carmelite Spirituality and has lectured throughout North America and various countries in Europe.

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Steve Ellsworth
The Academy #303
511 County Road Z
Hazel Green, Wi, 53811
608-748-5315 (home)
615-500-3303 (cell)
Fax: 636-600-3303
E-Mail: stevegellsworth@gmail.com
URL: theellsworthgroup.com

Topics

Recovery Retreats
The Search for Serenity
Spirituality Retreats
Powerful You
The Power of Now
The Power of Acceptance

Target Audience

Those in recovery, those seeking higher levels of conscious contact with God.

Preferred Audience Size

30 to 50 people

Stipend

$450+ for 5 session weekend retreat plus travel expenses is common but is open to discussion.

Chris Everett
The Kensington Group, Inc.
911 E. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240 USA
317-252-5744
317-251-0459 (FAX)
cjohneverett@earthlink.net

Topics

Marketing and Marketing Research related to retreats and programs

Target Audience

Retreat center administration and marketing

Preferred Audience Size

Does not matter

Stipend

Negotiable

Presenters Background

Chris Everett is President of The Kensington Group which focuses on Market Research, Marketing, Customer Satisfaction Measurement and Quality. He is a frequent speaker at client companies, associations and universities, and is currently on the faculty of Marian College (Indianapolis) where he teaches Strategic Marketing, Marketing Research and Promotion. An executive member of the American Marketing Association, Christ has served on the AMA Services Advisory Council, is past president of the Indianapolis AMA chapter, and currently serves on the AMA Marketing Research Council. He holds a M.B.A. with concentrations in Marketing and Accounting from California State University, Fullerton and a B.A. in Business Administration from Marian College in Indianapolis.

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Rosel Feder, SSND
3655A Dover
St. Louis, MO 63116 USA
mysrosel@juno.com or roselfeder@earthlink.net
www.mysticsuite.com

Topics

Music As a Spiritual Path
The Spirituality of the Mystics
Using the Body in Prayer (Sacred Dances, Shibashi

Target Audience

Men and women seeking deeper union with God

Preferred Audience Size

Any size if fine for the first 2 topics. For "Using the Body in Prayer", 20 to 30 works well provided there is enough room for everyone to move.

Stipend

Something in the neighborhood of $100 for 1 to 2 hours

Presenters Background

Rosel Feder, SSND is an accomplished musician who has earned a master's degree in spirituality and music. For 30 years she has been involved with music education and liturgical music. Music as prayer is a natural part of her life. She is the composer of Mystic Suite and Mystic Messages, professionally recorded CDs with numerous compositions that musically express the voices of creation-centered mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Francis and Clare of Assisi. While traveling the spiritual path Sister Rosel directs retreats, leads prayerful dances and composes spiritual music.

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Fran Ferder, FSPA
Therapy and Renewal Assoc. (TARA)
1037 S. 102nd St.
Seattle, WA 98168 USA
206-763-8721
206-763-7566 (FAX)

Topics

Human Sexuality
Relationships/Intimacy
Communication
Forgiveness
Women and Ministry/Scripture
Male/Female Partnership

Target Audience

Pastoral Ministers and general retreat participants

Preferred Audience Size

40-100

Stipend

$500-$800/day
$1,000-$1,500/weekend

Presenters Background

Fran Ferder is the co-director of Therapy and Renewal Associates, a ministerial counseling and consultation center in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington and Oregon and a part-time faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle Universtiy.

Fran is a native of Salem, Oregon and a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She has had more than twenty years of minsterial and professional experience as a college professor, director of student counseling, psychotherapist, and psychological consultant for various religious communities and dioceses, and a research director for a major social ministry study.

Fran holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago and a Doctorate in Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. Fran is also a frequent presenter at national conferences and workshops. She is the author of Words Made Flesh (Ave Maria Press), and with Rev. John Heagle, has co-authored Partnership: Women and Men in Ministry and Your Sexual Self: Pathway to Authentic Intimacy (Ave Maria Press). Fran and John have also produced two videos entitled "Finding Peace" and Coming Home" in the InterAction Series of Gospel Attitudes. Fran has published several articles in various journals over the past fifteen years. Fran's most recent publication is a chapter entitled "Qualities and Competencies of the Catechetical Leader" in Empowering Catechetical Leaders, published by the National Catholic Educational Association. Fran and John are currently writing a new book on a pastoral theology of sexuality and human relationships.

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James Finley
1448 15th St #107
Santa Monica, CA 90404 SA
310-319-3711
jjfinley@earthlink.net

Topics

Programs on contemplative living in the midst of today's world. Titles include:
Letting Go: The Spirituality of Meistar Eckhart
Saint John of the Cross: The Ascent of Mount Carmel
The Spiritual Canticle
The Spirituality of Healing
The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha for Christians
The Way of Meditation
The Contemplative Heart
The Spirituality of Thomas Merton
The Cloud of Unknowing

Target Audience

People sincerely interested in deepening their experience of God's Presence in daily living.

Preferred Audience Size

Less than 100

Stipend

$1,000 plus travel for a weekend

Presenters Background

James Finley is a former contemporary of Thomas Merton at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. He gives silent retreats throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere and The Contemplative Heart. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, CA.

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Richard N. Fragomeni
Catholic Theological Union
5401 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615 USA
773-753-5328
312-226-4226 or 773-324-4360 (FAX)
r.fragomeni@worldnet.att.net

Topics

liturgy/sacraments
spirituality
lectionary interpretation
RCIA
Eucharist

Target Audience

Adult

Preferred Audience Size

50-100

Stipend

To be determined

Presenters Background

Richard Fragomeni is a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Albany, New York. He studied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Louvain, Belgium, and Liturgical Studies at Catholic University. His doctoral work focused on the role of cosmological symbolism in the Christian understanding of the dynamics of conversion. He also completed a masters in music in vocal performance at Catholic University.

Richard has been on the faculty of The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago since 1990, and he also serves as Spiritual Director at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago's Little Italy. He is a coordinator of liturdy and music for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He has been active with the implementation of RCIA, parish renewals and diocesan workshops on Liturgy and Music, and as speaker and seminar leader at associations for pastoral musicians and liturgists. Richard has authored Come to the Feast: An Invitation to Eucharistic Transformation, a number of journal articles, and has co-edited two books.

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Paula Gonzalez, SC
5820 Bender Road
Cincinnati OH 45233 USA
513-922-1468
PaulaGonz@juno.com

Topics

The Prayer of Jesus in an Ecological Age or Living in a Eucharistic Universe
(very similar material, but the first uses the Our Father as an "outline")
Reading the Signs of the Times

NOTE: I use a very varied presentation style, with many slides, overheads, videos, tapes, etc. Rituals and interactive "communal meditation" and faith sharing make for formation of a sense of "community" during the retreat.

Target Audience

Can be of value to any group open to somewhat "different" approaches.

Preferred Audience Size

This can be done either for small, intimate groups (less than 20) or for large groups (100 or more).

Stipend

Ordinarily I receive between $200-300 per day plus expenses.

Presenters Background

Since 1970 Paula Gonzalez, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, has offered over 1300 talks, minicourses, seminars and retreats on various aspects of Futuring and Planetary Awareness. In the early 1980's Paula gained direct experience with passive solar design and super-insulation techniques while converting a chicken barn into a passive solar residence. This experience has led to energy consulting in the USA, Mexico and Canada. A second major building project in Cincinnati resulted in the 1995 opening of EarthConnection, a center for learning and reflection about "living lightly" on the Earth. Several summer "Greening" Institutes have addressed the role of the Catholic, Christian, Interfaith and Educational communities in restoring balance within the ecosystems of our planet. Paula has written a series on Ecospirituality for Today's Parish and developed audiotape minicourses on Earth-healing for St. Anthony Messenger Press and Credence Cassettes. She has authored chapters in Embracing Earth: Catholic Approaches to Ecology, Ecology and Religion: Scientists Speak and Earth at Risk. Her work in solar design and construction is described by the Union of Concerned Scientists in Renewable Energy Solutions.

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Daniel Groody, CSC
Institute of Latino Studies, Notre Dame
1 Corby Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA
219-631-9042
groody.1@nd.edu

Topics

Hispanic Spirituality
Discernment
Spiritual Experience on the Margins of Society
Undocumented Mexican Immigration and Spirituality
Conversion and the Integrated Life
Schools of Spirituality in the Christian Tradition
New Methods in Theological Reflection

Target Audience

From scholars to practioners

Preferred Audience Size

Negotiable

Stipend

Negotiable

Presenters Background

Daniel Groody, currently on the Theology faculty and a member of the Institute of Latino Studies of the University of Notre Dame, has a Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has lived, worked and studied in Hispanic cultures (Mexico, Chile, Peru and U.S. Latinos) for fifteen years. He has offered retreats and missions nationally and internationally. He has participated in several video and television productions relating to Hispanic culture, and he has several scholarly works in process.

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Benni E. Heacock
PowerTrac
2713 NE Lakeview Drive
Sebring FL 33870 USA
863-385-8826
863-385-4130 (FAX)
power@strato.net

Topics

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT: The power of our thoughts & beliefs on our health, relationships & performance ... and the role of spirituality in healing
Team Building: Incorporating Myers Briggs Personality Profiles
How to Create the Life You Want
How to Create & Maintain Healthy, Loving Relationships
Breathwork Meditation Affirmations & Visualization
Communication Skills: Listening, Assertion, Conflict Management, Negotiation
Total Quality Management: Skills for Improving Efficiency, Productivity & Morale
How to Deal with Difficult People

Target Audience

Any person or group that wants to improve their life, health, performance or relationships (personal & professional)

Preferred Audience Size

For hands-on skill courses: 25-30. For all other courses: size is not an issue (15 minimum, several hundred maximum)

Stipend

Typically I charge $1200 per day, but I discount the fee by 40% for religious and non-profit organizations.

Presenters Background

Benni Heacock has degrees in psychology and counseling, and is a licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Organizational Consultant. She has been conducting workshops and lecturing internationally for the past 25 years. She helped design a Marriage Enrichment program for the United Methodist Church to be used nationally and wrote their training manual for leaders. Benni has taught annually at the Retreats International Summer Institute for the last ten to fifteen years, and has been a faculty member of the Hesburgh Center for Continuing Formation in Ministry (HCCFM) for about the same length of time. She also consults with business, health care and educational organizations. She is a provider of CEU's for the Mental Health Professionals in Florida.

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John L Heagle
1037 S 102nd St
Seattle, WA 98168-1585 USA
206-763-8721
206-763-7566
tarajohnh@aol.com

Topics

Spirituality of Relationships
Intimacy and Human Sexuality
Psycho-Spiritual Development and Faith
Communication, Listening, Growth in Relationships
Human Suffering and Christian Faith
Discovering and Following One's Personal Call
Life-Review: Understanding and Reshaping Our Life Goals

Target Audience

Maturing adult believers or career ministers who want to grow in their self-understanding and their personal faith; spiritual seekers who are open to deeper conversion.

Preferred Audience Size

The size of the group is variable depending on topic and length of sesssion(s).

Stipend

$500 a day; $1000 a weekend.

Presenters Background

John Heagle is the co-director of Thereapy & Renewal Associates(TARA), a ministerial counseling and consultation center in Seattle, WA. He is a certified psychotherapist and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. Ordained a Catholic priest in 1965, John has had more than 35 years of pastoral experience, retreat ministry, workshops and conferences. He is the author of seven books and co-author (with Fran Ferder) of two books.

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P. Keith Hosey
John XXIII Center
407 W. McDonald Street
Hartford City, IN 47348 USA
765-348-4008
765-348-5819
john23rd@netusa1.net
www.netusa1.net/~john23rd

Topics

Priests' Retreats:
   Can You Drink This Cup? (based on Nouwen's book)
   God Hunger (and a better look at the journey of the Saints)

Sisters' Retreats:
   How Do We Live in the Here and Now? (A Call to Contemplation)
   How Do We Get Ready for the Resurrection? (A Call to Hope)

Directed Retreats for laity and parishes:
   Life of the Beloved (based on Nouwen's book)
   How to Make Scripture Live in Us

Target Audience

Anyone hungering for God

Preferred Audience Size

15-30

Stipend

3-day: $350 plus travel
5-day: $800 plus travel

Presenters Background

Keith Hosey is Co-Director of John XXIII Center in Hartford City, Indiana, a position he shares with Maureen ("Mo") Mangen, CPPS. He is a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana; he was assigned as the first director of the center in 1966 and since that time has been involved in retreat work and prayer seminars for clergy, religious and laity in various parts of the country and abroad.

Keith gives retreats to priests, women and men religious and laity, often together with Mo Mangen. He also preaches parish missions and ecumenical retreats. John XXIII Center schedules retreats for many groups: married couples, singles, priests, women and men pastors and spouses, parents and young teens. Directed retreats and Spiritual Growth Community retreats have become a major part of the ministry which he has developed.

Keith served for ten years as an assistant pastor in Lafayette, Logansport and Elwood (all in Indiana) prior to his assignment in retreat work. He was ordained priest in Rome, Italy, in 1956 after having studied theology at the Gregorian University and completing undergraduate work at St. Mary's Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Thomas J. Kapacinskas
1739 Riverside Drive
South Bend, IN 46616-1659 USA
219-287-0260
219-287-0375 (FAX)

Topics

Depth Psychology and Object Relations
Structures of Dreams and Relationships
Dreams and Spirituality
Transference and Countertransference and Dreams in Spiritual Direction

Target Audience

Anyone interested in the interface of psychoanalysis and depth psychology with spiritual questions.

Preferred Audience Size

Doesn't matter. Smaller means more individual attention.

Stipend

Negotiable -- based on the means of the sponsors.

Presenters Background

Thomas ("Tom") Kapacinskas has been in the professional practice of Jungian psychoanalysis and British object relations psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for 28 years. His college degree and Doctor of Jurisprudence are from Notre Dame. Originally educated by Dominicans and Benedictines, he has had a life-long interest in the "problem of God" and how and why we should live a spiritual life. This has informed his teaching at Notre Dame, in psychoanalytic institutes and his practice. He enjoys teaching and the search for what Bonaventura would have called "the mind's road to God."

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Carol A. Kaplan, MFT
262 El Dorado, Suite 302
Monterey, CA 93940 USA
831-649-5224
831-649-4505 (FAX)
cak10@ix.netcom.com

Topics

Married Couples
Mother/Daughter
Grief
Spirituality in the Garden; Ecology
Sisters
Single Parents
Morality in Everyday Life

Target Audience

Adults/teens who are interested in exploring their relationships; growing in their faith

Preferred Audience Size

20-100

Stipend

Depends on time, number of people, presentation

Presenters Background

Carol Kaplan is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. She also leads workshops for churches in the areas of consensus building and staff development. She has also been on the faculty of the Serra Institute of the Diocese of Monterey and as Director of Student Services for Child Abuse Prevention with the Monterey Rape Crisis Center. Carol continues to present retreats at various California retreat centers and is a resource person with the Hospice Griefbusters Program. She received formal education at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, Antioch University West and the Franciscan School of Theology; she has earned Masters in Clinical Psychology and Theological Studies.

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Eugene F. Lauer
Hesburgh Center for Continuing Formation in Ministry
5401 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615 USA
773-753-5359
773-324-4360 (FAX)
elauer@ctu.edu

Topics

Prayer in a Busy World
Power and Christian Spirituality
Worry and Guilt: The Two Great Parasites of the Spiritual Life
Sacrament as a Religious Experience

Target Audience

Christians with some background in their faith

Preferred Audience Size

Doesn't matter; a group of 20 or 1000

Stipend

According to the means of the inviting group

Presenters Background

Eugene Lauer has been Director of the Center for Continuing Formation in Ministry (initially at the University of Notre Dame and currently at Catholic Theological Union) since 1987. Prior to then he was faculty with LaRoche College, Duquesne University, Seton Hill College, and Wheeling Jesuit University. He has written Sunday Morning Insights and Human-Service Strikes: A Contemporary Ethical Dilemma, co-edited A Christian Understanding of the Human Person, authored numerous articles and created an audio-cassette series Prayer in a Busy World.

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Robert A. Ludwig
DePaul University
1942 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
773-325-4462(w) or 847-869-8735 (h)
773-325-7901 (FAX)
rludwig@wppost.depaul.edu

Topics

Catholicism and Generation X
Jesus and Christology
Christianity and Buddhism (Jesus and Buddha)
Re-envisioning Grace

Target Audience

Catholics, young and old

Preferred Audience Size

50-100

Stipend

negotiable, but about $600 per day

Presenters Background

Robert Ludwig is director of University Ministry and professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. At DePaul he leads a staff of sixteen professionals and over fifty student leaders in a wide-range of ministry programs and services designed to address students under 30 years old. He has been a national leader in ministry in higher education, serving as president of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and a participant on the editorial committee that drafted the U.S. bishops' pastoral letter on campus ministry Empowered By the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future. He was also a theological consultant to the U.S. bishop-participants in preparation for the 1987 Synod on the Laity. Robert holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in theological studies from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. His dissertation Theology and Politics in America: Daniel Berrigan as a Contemporary Profile is the basis for a major work now in progress, a theological biography of Daniel Berrigan, SJ. He has also authored Reconstructing Catholicism For a New Generation, co-edited Jesus and Faith: A Conversation on the Work of John Dominic Crossan and published numerous articles. He was also director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry at Loyola (New Orleans). Robert and his wife Kathy live in Evanston, Illinois, and have three young adult children.

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Billie Mazzei
4427 Boston Harbor Rd NE
Olympia, WA 8506 USA
360-943-2504 (h) or 360-438-2595 (w)
360-438-9236
Tellers2@aol.com

Topics

Retreats:
Images of God, How we Pray, God's story/Our Story, Sacred Trust Betrayed (a retreat for women survivors of clergy sexual misconduct) and Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (3 day or 6 day)

Workshops:
Betrayal as essential to the spiritual life
Boundary issues in spiritual direction and pastoral ministry
Prayer
Storytelling
Spiritual direction formation and supervision of spiritual directors

Target Audience

Many of the programs I do are for general audiences--images of God, prayer and story. Others are more specialized; the retreat for survivors, and the spiritual direction formation and supervision of spiritual directors apply to selected audiences. I am comfortable working with you to design a retreat or workshop around these topics that meet your center's need.

Preferred Audience Size

Retreats or workshops designed to be interactive are best done with 12 to 25. I have worked with groups of 3 to 200 and am comfortable with both large and small groups. Material can be adapted for the size of the group.

Stipend

Airfare and housing are a given. Everything else is negotiable depending on what I am doing, the time involved and the size of the group. Average for a day presentation would be $300 and for a weekend $1000-1200. Again, negotiation is always possible.

Presenters Background

Billie Mazzei is a storyteller, writer, artist, gardener, spiritual director and regular person. Her life is composed of holy moments filled with joy and sorrow. Married 40 plus years, she has three wonderful daughters and six superior grandchildren. Twenty-five years of parish ministry, 18 years of spiritual direction, 9 years of training others in the art of spiritual direction and 6 years of supervision of pastoral ministers give her many stories and lots of experience. Her educational background includes a Masters in Ministry. She is currently working with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Placid Priory in Lacey, WA, sixty miles south of Seattle. Her work includes leading retreats, teaching in their spiritual direction formation program, and offering spiritual direction and supervision. While she is a Roman Catholic woman, most of her spiritual direction is done with Protestant clergy. Her love of story and the Holy shape her life. She is interested in many things and she loves to laugh.

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J. Roger McGuinness
90 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901 USA
518-561-7545 518-516-1004
jroger@northnet.org

Topics

Spirituality in General
Discipleship;
Evangelization
Personal Growth and Spiritual Development
Self-esteem
Anger and Spirituality
Prayer
Contemplation
Conversations with God/Jesus
God, Moses and the Burning Bush
God, Abraham, Issaac and the Sacrifice
Jesus and the Rich Young Man
Jesus and the Woman at the Well
Jesus and the Call of Levi
Jesus and Mary

Target Audience

General

Preferred Audience Size

25+ Have done large groups too.

Stipend

Not Specified

Presenters Background

Fr. McGuinness, a native of New York City, is currently Director of Continuing Education and Formation of the Clergy, Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry and Member of the Ecumenical Commission of the Diocese. He holds Masters Degrees in Counseling-Psychology, Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spirituality. He has given retreats, conferences and workshops in several Dioceses of the United States and Canada.

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Barbara A. Metz, SNDdeN
33 Matignon Road
Cambridge, MA 02140 USA
617-864-1484
617-661-3725 (FAX)
bamsnd@juno.com

Topics

Enneagram, including Enneagram Spirituality
A variety of preached and guided retreats (descriptions available upon request)
Vows
Prayer
Mystics
Aging
Beatitudes
Christology
Spiritual Direction

Target Audience

A variety

Preferred Audience Size

A variety

Stipend

Negotiate according to size

Presenters Background

Barbara Metz, SNDdeN has Bachlelor's and Master's Degrees in math, a Master's in Theology (University of San Francisco) and on-going study in Theology at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her background in ministry is varied, engaging in educational ministry (elementary through graduate school), administration (community, school and spiritual life centers), formation (vocation work, novice director, on-going formation in the US and East Africa), and renewal for religious women (co-founder of the Dover and Berakah Renewal Centers over the past 18 years). Barbara also does spiritual direction and is an Enneagram presentor. She is author of Enneagram and Prayer. She has done Vow work in the US, Africa and Canada, has been a presenter at IRF in St. Louis, has done parish missions in the US, and is currently a free lancer in the US, Canada and South Africa.

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Alfred Mitchell
Archdiocese of Atlanta
2688 Kings Park Circle
Decatur, GA 30034 USA
404-288-7804 (h) or 404-885-7407 (w)
404-978-2778 (FAX)
dcnalfred@juno.com (h) or amitchell@archatl.com (w)
www.storyfest.com/alfredmitchell.html

Topics

Scripture and story-based retreats
Days of Reflection using Scripture and Story
Seminars and Workshops on the art of storytelling
Storytelling sessions (entertainment)
Stories as a homiletic tool
Training for lectors, commentators

Target Audience

Religious, clergy and lay people

Preferred Audience Size

no preference

Stipend

This will depend upon the nature of the program.

Presenters Background

Alfred Mitchell, the Director of Deacon Personnel for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has been a Roman Catholic deacon for 13 1/2 years in the Archdiocese. He did his BA studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and an MBA at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Alfred is a Master Storyteller in the School of Sacred Storytelling and is a member of its board of directors as well as a faculty member. He is also a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, the National Storytelling Network and the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Alfred is married to Josie, and they have two adult children.

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George Morris, SJ
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA 99258 USA
509-323-2568
morris@gu.gonzaga.edu

Topics

Handwriting And Spirituality

Target Audience

Anyone interested in retreats and spirituality

Preferred Audience Size

No particular limit

Stipend

Whatever is the norm where I am speaking

Presenters Background

George Morris, SJ is a Jesuit priest, currently serving as advisor/counselor for adult students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He completed the masters course from the International Grphoanalysis Society, and for the past 14 years has been directing retreats and workshops based on handwriting analysis and scripture.

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Frances B. O'Connor, CSC
2924 Rue Renoir #129
South Bend, IN 46615 USA
219-287-6071 (H); 219-631-8532 (W)
219-631-9882 (FAX)
Francis.B.O'Connor.54@nd.edu

Topics

How Do We Understand God and Jesus in the New Millennium?
How Relevant Is the Church for Women Today?
Are Women Responsible for Their Own Oppression in the Church?
What Are We Passing On to the Next Generation of Catholics?

All programs/topics have a debate format including participant dialogue.
Works together with Becky Drury

Target Audience

Parish people, women & men religious, priests, church ministers

Preferred Audience Size

Any size -- can adjust

Stipend

$500 + travel & accomodations (that's $250 for each: Frances and Becky)

Presenters Background

Frances O'Connor, CSC is currently adjunct professor at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She was Guest Scholar at the Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame from 1990-1997. Frances did her graduate work at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1990, she served as Superior General of her congregation and was a missioner in Bangladesh for twenty years. An author and lecturer, she published Like Bread Their Voices Rise and the companion video Crumbs From the Table documenting her three year study of the attitutes of Catholic Women in Bangledesh, Brazil, Uganda and the United States. Her most recent book is The Female Face in Patriarchy: Oppression as Culture. Frances is currently editing, with Becky Drury, a book entitled The Price of Prophecy. She has been a Hesburgh Lecturer since 1994.

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Kathleen O'Gorman
Institute for Ministry, Loyola University
1915 Broadway Street
New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
504-865-3379 (w) or 504-866-7179 (h)
504-865-2066 (FAX)
ogorman@loyno.edu
www.loyno.edu/~ogorman/

Topics

Greening the Church: Affirming Creation
The Emergent Universe: Our Sacred Story
Creation as Divine Manifestation
The Spirituality of the Nature Writers
The Spirituality of Education
Christian Religious Education: Its History and Future
The Thought and Legacy of Thomas Berry

Target Audience

Thoughtful persons who are interested in contemporary issues and their import for faith and spirituality; those of a more includsive, open orientation; possibly religious men and women; possibly "rebels".

Preferred Audience Size

No preference

Stipend

Open to negotiation; generally in the area of $500 per session

Presenters Background

Kathleen O'Gorman is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Religious Education in Loyola University's Institute for Ministry where she has taught for the past 20 years. She earned and Ed.D. from Teachers College Columbia University in Religion and Education in 1986. She also holds a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University. Kathleen identifies herself professionally as an educator, convinced of the religious nature of teaching and learning, and committed to reinventing her practice so that the natural world is recognized and explored as the primary and foundational curriculum. Her current research interests and commitments focus on modeling a comprehensive vision and practice of education that is grounded in the story of the emergent universe and of our planetary home within it.

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Anthony T. Padovano
9 Millstone Drive
Morris Plains, NJ 07950 USA
973-539-8732
973-292-2335 (FAX)
anthonypadovano@mail.com

Topics

Ecclesiology
Spirituality
Literature and Theology
American Culture and Spirituality
Non-Violence
Philosophy and Literature

Target Audience

Educated Catholic audience, clerical or lay

Preferred Audience Size

Varies

Stipend

Negotiable

Presenters Background

Anthony Padovano is a global lecturer who has travelled extensively throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. He received his Masters in Philosophy at St. Thomas International University in Rome, his S.T.D. in Theology from Gregorian University in Rome, and his Ph.D. in Literature from Fordham University. He serves on the faculties of Ramapo College of New Jersey, Fordham University, and as summer visiting professor at 24 American universities. He is author of 26 books, including 3 award winning plays; 150 articles; contributing author to ten books; and has had publications translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Anthony serves as Appointed Catholic Pastor of the Inclusive Community, where Catholics and Protestants worship together. He has served as president of CORPUS, the National Association for Married Priesthood, and vice president of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests. He has been interviewed and profiled on television and in the print media, and is listed in various "Who's Who" collections. He has experience as the founding president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, and as a pastoral minister and retreat leader.

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Barbara E. Reid, OP
Catholic Theological Union
5401 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615 USA
773-753-5338
773-324-4360 (FAX)
breid@ctu.edu
www.ctu.edu

Topics

Various New Testament topics, especially:

Women in the New Testament
Feminist Hermeneutics
Parables
Preaching From the Scriptures

Target Audience

Ministers in the Church, preachers, teachers, people interested in Scripture

Preferred Audience Size

Depends on the topic and process desired -- flexible

Stipend

Negotiable -- depends on the resources of the group

Presenters Background

Barbara Reid, OP is a Dominican Sister from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and is Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of Parables for Preachers (3 volumes), Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke, Preaching from the Scriptures: New Directions for Preparing Preachers (with Leslie Hoppe, OFM), A Retreat With St. Luke and The Transfiguration: A Source- and Redaction-Critical Study of Luke 9:28-36. She has published various articles on New Testament topics in journals such as Biblical Research, The Bible Today, Chicago Studies, Currents in Mission and Theology, Living Pulpit and New Theology Review. She is a co-editor of the Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology and is New Testament Bood Review Editor for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. She has led a number of CTU's Israel Study Programs and Retreats.

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Wade Clark Roof
Department of Religious Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA
805-893-3564
805-893-2059 (FAX)
wcroof@humanites.ucsb.edu

Topics

American Religious Trends
Spirituality
Generational Change in Religion
Religious Pluralism

Target Audience

Religious and Civic

Preferred Audience Size

Any size

Stipend

$750-1000

Presenters Background

Wade Clark Roof, an Episcopalian, is the J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also serves as the chair of the University's Department of Religious Studies.

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Peggy Rosenthal
Poetry Retreats
537 Harvard Street
Rochester, NY 14607 USA
716-244-4685
716-442-6057 (FAX)
pegrosenthal@yahoo.com

Topics

Contemporary Spiritual Writers (fiction, poetry, essays)
Using Poetry for Prayer
Jesus in the Eyes of Poets

Target Audience

People interested in spirituality & literature

Preferred Audience Size

Any size fine

Stipend

300 - 500, depending on amount of preparation time and travel time needed

Presenters Background

Peggy Rosenthal has a doctorate in English Literature from Rutgers University and is currently co-director of Poetry Retreats, a program offering retreats and courses around the country on poetry and spirituality. Her book The Poets' Jesus (Oxford University Press, 2000) received honorable mention as the Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature. She co-edited the anthology Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry (Oxford University Press, 1998). Her essays and spiritual reflections have appeared in Christian Century, Commonweal, Image, Cross Currents, and America. A Roman Catholic, a wife and new grandmother, she lives in Rochester, New York.

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Stephen Bede Scharper
University of Toronto
81 St. Mary Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Canada
416-926-1300 ext. 3288
416-926-7276 (FAX)
stephen.scharper@utoronto.ca

Topics

Religion and Ecology
Religion and Politics
Faith, Cosmology and the Common Good
The Link Between Justice and the Environment

Target Audience

Educated lay and clerical/religious thinkers

Preferred Audience Size

30-300

Stipend

Modest (cf. Thomas Berry: "just so I don't lose money on the deal")

Presenters Background

Stephen Bede Scharper, who holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from McGill University, is author of Redeeming the Time: A Political Theology of the Environment, and co-author with his wife Hilary Cunningham of The Green Bible. Formerly President of the Religious Education Association of the U.S. and Canada, he has taught in the area of religious ethics and the environment at McGill, St. Michael's College (Toronto), Prescott College (Arizona), St. Jerome's University (Waterloo) and the University of Notre Dame. He has served as an editor with the Catholic New Times newspaper, Orbis Books, Twenty-Third Publishing, and was Director of English-language publications at Novalis Publishing. He is currently Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, and the Institute for Environmental Studies.

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Philip F. Sheldrake
Sarum College
19, The Close
Salisbury, SP1 2EE United Kingdom (U.K.)
01722-424800
01722-338508 (FAX)
viceprincipal@sarum.ac.uk

Topics

Spirituality for the 21st Century
Spirituality and Reconciliation
Spiritual Direction: Contemporary Needs
Interface with Counseling; Different Models Examined
Celtic Spirituality
Julian of Norwich & Medieval Mystics
Selections from the History of Christian Spirituality
Spirituality and Architecture
Leadership
Spirituality and Our Sense of Place
Spirituality and Sexuality

Target Audience

General audience, formation personnel, retreat house staffs, spiritual directors

Preferred Audience Size

Open to any size

Stipend

Travel costs from UK (unless during July); plus standard hourly fees in USA.
I usually have been paid $1000+ per day in some places.

Presenters Background

Philip Sheldrake has been doing Spiritual Direction and retreats since 1976, and has been providing training in Spiritual Direction and retreat leadership since 1984. He has also been in formation work for religious and clergy-in-training (ecumenical). Philip is a writer on all areas of spirituality and has authored six books. He is the former General Editor of The Way and the former National Chair of the British Roman Catholic retreat movement (NRM). He has led workshops on spirituality in the UK, Ireland, the USA, India and Australia. Currently, he is a university professor and director of a university-based spirituality institute.

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Richard C. Sparks, CSP
Holy Spirit Parish
2700 Dwight Way
Berkeley CA 94704 USA
510-848-7812
510-848-0179 (FAX)
dsparkscsp@aol.com

Topics

Anything in the field of ethics or morality, especially Conscience Formation, human sexuality, biomedical ethics and hot moral issues.

Target Audience

all levels

Preferred Audience Size

the bigger the better

Stipend

$250-300 for a one-talk event; $500-1000 for a day-long conference.

"Negotiable"

Presenters Background

Richard Sparks, a Paulist priest ordained in 1978, currently divides his time between being a speaker/lecturer on the ethics workshop circuit and serving as pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, the campus ministry community for the University of California at Berkeley. His Ph.D. in Christian Ethics is from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where his dissertation was on treatment/ nontreatment decisions related to handicapped newborns. He is the author of two books, the most recent being Contemporary Christian Morality: Real Questions, Candid Responses, as well as numerous articles. Richard's areas of special interest include biomedical ethics, sexuality, and fundamental moral theology. His gifts as a scholar, teacher, pastor and "popularizer" make him an effective bridge-builder between academic ethics and pastoral practice.

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Thomas P. Sweetser, SJ
Parish Evaluation Project
3195 S. Superior Street
Milwaukee, WI USA
414-483-7370
414-483-7380 (FAX)
pep@pitnet.net
www.pepparish.org

Topics

Parish Renewal, Pastoral Leadership, Collaboration, Planning, Conflict Management, Staff Development, Transition (esp. Changing Pastors), Reasonable and Effective Work Loads, Parish Structure, Pastoral Councils, Parish Spirituality, Diocesan-Parish Interaction, Discernment, Decision-making, Surveying

Target Audience

Pastors, parish staffs and diocesan personnel, religious in parishes, parish lay leaders

Preferred Audience Size

no preference -- like to do small groups as part of presentation

Stipend

$500 for a half day; $1000 for a full day; $1000 for Key Note

Presenters Background

Thomas Sweetser, SJ is the founder and co-director of the Parish Evaluation Project, which features a two-week consultation process with parishes called Parish Assessment and Renewal (PAR). Tom has taught at the Institute of Pastoral Studies (Loyola University, Chicago), the University of Dayton and Loyola University in New Orleans. He is author or Successful Parishes: How They Meet the Challenges of Change, and c-author of Leadership in a Successful Parish, Transforming the Parish, Recreating the Parish and Changing Pastors. His most recent book (available in 2001) is The Parish As Covenant: A Joint Effort. His articles have appeared in America, National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal, Chicago Studies, Today's Parish, Human Development and Church. Tom was educated in both sociology and theology. He received his Masters in sociology from the University of Minnesota, his Masters in theology from Loyola University in Chicago and his Ph.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary in a program of study combining sociology, theology and group process. He is a Jesuit priest of the Wisconsin province, and is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Sidney A. Vineburg
Congregation Cnesses Israel
814 Broadview Drive
Green Bay, WI 54301 USA
920-437-4841(w) or 920-337-6407 (h)
920-437-2240 (FAX)
gbrav@aol.com

Topics

Basic Judaism
Jewish Theology After the Holocaust
Jewish-Christian Relations
Judaism During the First Century
The Gospel of Matthew from a Jewish Perspective
The Biblical Sabbath
Biblical Studies

Target Audience

Anyone

Preferred Audience Size

Any size is fine

Stipend

Negotiable plus expenses

Presenters Background

Sidney Vineburg is the Rabbi/Spiritual Leader of Congregation Cnesses Israel in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is also adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and a weekly columnist for the Green Bay News Chronical. He holds Bachelors in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and in Early Christianity from Columbia University in New York, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Barrington University.
Rabbi Vineburg is Founder Emeritus of the New Community Shelter, and has served two terms as President of the Brown County Clergy Association and was a Public Member of the Special Legislative Committee on Faith Based Approaches to Crime Prevention and Justice. He is currently President of the Brown County Library Board of Trustees,Co-President of the Northeast Wisconsin Interfaith Alliance, and a member of the Wisconsin Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 1997 Rabbi Vineburg was cited as a "hometown hero" by the staff of the Green Bay Press Gazette for his efforts to promote diversity and respect, and was one of the five national finalists for the 1999 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award given by the National Interfaith Alliance Foundation for defending religious diversity in Green Bay. Sidney lives in Allouez , Wisconsin, with his wife Devorah and their sons Michael, Benjamin and Isaac.

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Jerome Wagner, PhD.
2755 Lincolnwood Dr.
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
847-492-1690
773-508-8887 (FAX)
JWagner5@aol.com
www.enneagramspectrum.com

Topics

Workshops from the Enneagram Perspective:
Introduction to the Enneagram: resourceful and non-resourceful life strategies
The Enneagram, primary vulnerabilities, and the inner child
Working with the polarities of ego and shadow: reclaiming your lost self
Nine spiritual paths
The Enneagram and discernment
Nine teaching and learning styles
Nine ways of doing business: leadership styles and team
building Workshops using the Myers-Briggs
Introduction to the Myers-Briggs
Spirituality and Jungian preferences
MBTI and learning preferences
Using the Myers-Briggs in management and team building

Other Workshops:
Gestalt approach to healing and wholeness
The grieving process

Target Audience

Adults

Preferred Audience Size

Any size is fine

Stipend

$1,000 for a day
$1,500 for a weekend

Presenters Background

Dr. Jerome Wagner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, supervisor, lecturer, and author. His clinical specialty is Gestalt methods. At Loyola University, Chicago, Jerry is a staff psychologist and a faculty member of the Institute of Pastoral Studies where he offers the Enneagram Spectrum Training and Certification Program. He also has a private thereapy and consulting practice. Jerry is the author of an Enneagram book, inventory, and audio-cassette series on the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs. He has given workshops on the Enneagram and on the Myers-Briggs to religious and lay groups in spiritual, therapeutic, business, and educational settings for over 20 years. Jerry is married and has a 14 year old daughter. For additional information see his website: www.enneagramspectrum.com

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Dorothy A. Welch, CSJ
101 Walworth Street
Roslindale, MA 02131 USA
617-323-3344
CSJWalworth@aol.com

Topics

Movements of Grace within the Directed Retreat
What Do "Signs of the Times" Say to Spirituality
A Sense of Self + A Sense of God = Spirituality

Target Audience

n/a

Preferred Audience Size

n/a

Stipend

n/a

Presenters Background

Dorothy Welch, CSJ is a Sister of the Boston Sisters of St. Joseph. She has a degree from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, as well as graduate degrees from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and Jesuit Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Caroljean Willie, SC
200 South Central Avenue #8
Umatilla, FL 32784 USA
352-669-1820
cjwillie@prodigy.net

Topics

God Calls Us from Our Cultures: Spirituality for a Multicultural Church
Global Spirituality: From Independence to Interdependence
Faith Traditions and the New Millennium
Encuentro 2000: Where Do We Go from LA?
Our Baptismal Commitment at the Dawn of a New Millennium
Catholic Social Teaching

Target Audience

I have addressed a wide variety of audiences from middle school through adults. I am comfortable with groups that represent diverse cultural populations as well as those that are more homogeneous. I give presentations in both retreat and workshop formats depending on the needs of the participants.

Preferred Audience Size

I do a lot of interactive activities and so prefer audiences of 20-50. However, the agenda can be amended to accommodate a larger audience.

Stipend

I usually charge from $400-700 for a full day presentation plus travel expenses. I use a sliding scale to accommodate organizations that do not have large budgets. My usual stipend for a two-hour presentation is $200.

Presenters Background

Caroljean Willie, SC is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. She holds a BA in Sociology, a MEd in Reading and a PhD in Multicultural Education. She has extensive experience working cross-culturally in the United States as well as St. Lucia (Eastern Caribbean), Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. She has been an elementary, secondary and university level instructor as well as an administrator in very culturally diverse settings. Caroljean has served at the parish and diocesan level in religious education, mission education and Hispanic ministry. She currently works full-time as a cultural diversity consultant at the national level for education and healthcare institutions, as well as for parishes, retreat centers and other faith-based communities.

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Richard & Clara Wray
17107 85th Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5T 0K7 Canada
780-487-1620
780-438-1639 (FAX)
rlwray@oanet.com

Topics

Programs related to marriage preparation or marriage enrichment

Target Audience

Anyone who may be involved with marriage preparation programs

Preferred Audience Size

Preferably no larger than 60

Stipend

$200 per day, plus travel and accommodation costs

Presenters Background

Richard and Clara Wray have been involved in marriage preparation programs in the Edmonton area for 25 years. They began a program at their local parish six years ago, a program which is still flourishing. They have facilitated marriage enrichment programs at a retreat center for the past five years. Richard and Clara have been happily married for 37 years, and they have four married sons and six grandchildren.

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Sharon Zayac, OP
Benincasa Ministries
6760 Old Jacksonville Road
New Berlin, IL 62670 USA
217-787-6927
earthlit@fgi.net

Topics

The Universe Story
The Great Work
Any aspect of ecology/ecospirituality moving towards sustainability

Target Audience

Adults

Preferred Audience Size

Doesn't matter

Stipend

$150 for a full day, plus travel

Presenters Background

Sharon Zayac, OP is currently the Director of Benincasa Ministries. She serves as Earth Literacy Coordinator for her congregation and lives at Jubilee Farm, her congregation's effort towards sustainable living.

Sharon has a Masters in Hospital Administration and a Masters in Earth Literacy. For ten years she taught in a junior/senior high school, and for 13 years she was in hospital administration (six years as CEO).

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George B. Zornow
721 East Main Street
Leipsic, OH 45856 USA
419-943-3721
gzornow@q1.net

Topics

Crying Out to God: Praying in the Midst of Suffering

The Psalms: Aspects of their Anthropology, Morality, Theodicy, Theology, and Spirituality

A Spirituality of Ambivalence: Dealing with Mixed Emotions and Confused Thoughts Towards God and Life

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Finding God I Learned From Playing Hide & Seek

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Biblical and Spiritual Reflections on Truth-telling and Compulsive Deception

Living Well with the Threats and Promises of Hades, Hell, Eternal Death and Heaven: Shedding Light upon the Various Expressions of the Afterlife in Scripture

The Apostle's Creed: Simple and Foundational Insights for Difficult Questions of Faith

Target Audience

Faith seekers in the general public; religious leaders; church laity; professional care givers; and family care givers

Preferred Audience Size

Open ended

Stipend

Open to discussion for stipend; plus coverage of travel, lodging, meals and photocopying

Presenters Background

George Zornow, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Leipsic (Ohio), is the developer of Recovering Aspects of Spirituality and Prayer. He was educated at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (majoring in Philosophy and Religious Studies); and at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (study emphasis in Old Testament Wisdom Literature, Existential Theology, and Pastoral Ministry). George has also put extensive time into Clinical Pastoral Education (training in Pastoral Care & Counseling); and into on-going study in Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Direction and Biblical Studies. He developed "Retreats on Aspects of Spirituality and Prayer" in 1991 and has been presenting regularly since that time. His "Crying Out to God" has drawn words of support from Walter Brueggemann, Donald Capps, James and Evelyn Whitehead, and Kenneth Pargament. He has led retreats and workshops in parish, retreat center, hospital, mental health facility, and other various settings. He has also led retreats and workshops for such settings as Retreats International's Summer Institute and the Association of Professional Chaplain's national convention.

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