Our Spiritual Directors

A Spiritual Director is a person who has been trained to listen attentively, affirm the presence of God in the directee’s life, and help the directee reflect upon their experience in the light of faith.  Directors also receive spiritual direction and participate in supervision.  All of our Spiritual Directors are formally trained and have current background checks.

 

Sr. Barbara Higgins, OSB

Sister Barbara says, “I believe we are all called to holiness.  By articulating and sharing ordinary experiences with a skilled spiritual companion trained to listen, we can see our lives more clearly.  I help people tap into what I call the God moments.”

Sister Barbara received her Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1987.  She has been a Spiritual Director for more than thirty years and has been the recipient of the same for almost fifty years.  Contact Sr. Barbara at sbhiggins@duluthosb.org or 218-625-4855

 

Sr. Dorene King, OSB

Sister Dorene has a unique background, for a sister, of having served parishes as an ordained Lutheran pastor.  In addition, she is acquainted with a multitude of denominations due to her work as an organist and chaplain.  Sister Dorene has been a certified spiritual director since 2013.  Contact Sr. Dorene at McCabeCenter@msn.com or 218-724-5266

Sr. Jeanne Ann Weber, OSB

Sr. Jeanne Ann received her Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. She is a spiritual companion/guide and retreat director. She has experience in Christian spirituality, 12-Step Spirituality, and growth in becoming one’s best self: body, mind, and spirit. For several years, she has been on the team for the 2- year long Shalom Spiritual Direction Training program at St. Scholastica Monastery.  Contact Sr. Jeanne Ann at jaweber@css.edu or 218-723-7074

 

Sr. Lois Eckes, OSB

Sister Lois has been a member of St. Scholastica since 1957.  She has a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and did graduate work in Monastic Studies at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN where she received her spiritual direction training. She has also participated in a spiritual direction renewal program at Shalem Institute in Maryland. She is a trained chaplain, a former elementary teacher and principal, novice director, director of McCabe Renewal Center and prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery. She has been a spiritual director for over 30 years.  Contact Sr. Lois at lois@duluthosb.org or 218-723-6539

 

Sr. Mary Josephine Torborg, OSB

Sister Mary Josephine is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the College of St. Scholastica.  She received her doctorate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in 1987. Sister is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the College Theological Society of America. She initiated the Spirituality Conference Series at the College of St. Scholastica. She teaches courses in Introduction to Spirituality, Benedictine Tradition and teaches Spiritual Living for the 21st Century as an on-line course. Sister Mary Josephine has experience in giving retreats, spiritual direction and presentations.

Contact Sr. Mary Josephine at mtorborg@css.edu or 218-723-6659

 

Sr. Pauline Micke, OSB

Sister Pauline earned her Master’s in Theology degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.  She has been a Spiritual Director since 2008, and has served as a counselor for Addiction/Recovery Treatment Groups & Initial Assessment for nine years.  Sr. Pauline has experience leading retreats for individuals, groups, clergy, campus ministry, Parish and Diocesan staff, Parish retreats, and more.  In addition, she works with addiction recovery including assessment, hearing 5th steps, AA Retreats, presentations for health and human services organizations.  Sr. Pauline is a member of Spiritual Directors International.  Contact Sr. Pauline at pauline.m@duluthosb.org or 218-723-7086

 

Rev. Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski, M.Div.

Cindy is a Spiritual Director (guide, mentor, companion), Retreat Leader and an Episcopal Priest (Virginia Theological Seminary).   She is a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI), and received training in spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute, Washington DC (1994-1995).  Her areas of experience and interest are Benedictine Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality, Celtic Spirituality, Scripture, Mystics, teaching and reflection on the spiritual journey and pilgrimage. Contact Cindy at cmpetefarm@aol.com or 218-461-7082

Dr. Kerry Sopoci

Kerry is a Minnesota native and has been certified in spiritual direction since 2011.  He has degrees in theology, spirituality, and counseling psychology.   His interests include adult development, life transitions, grief and loss, Ignatian spirituality, mindfulness, and reading as a spiritual practice.

In addition to spiritual direction, Kerry has experience in the areas of brief retreats, shame resilience, supporting people in recovery, and contemplative photography.  He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the American Psychological Association.  Contact Kerry at ksopoci@rocketmail.com or 218-343-2614

Rev. Stephen Wlosinski, M.S., M.Div.

Stephen is a spiritual guide and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is an Episcopal priest, ordained in 1967, and has served both as a parish pastor and a hospital chaplain. He prepared for spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in 1984-85. Stephen also has a Master of Science in Education degree in Counseling from UWS.  Contact Stephen at swlos842@aol.com or 218-726-1911

"Spiritual direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment."

James Keegan, SJ

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