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.
Dawn Carrillo, D.Min.
Dawn Carrillo is the Director of the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment. Dawn has a background of over 23 years in parish ministry, as well as work as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator. She has also taught as an adjunct professor and field education supervisor at Saint John's School of Theology in Collegeville, MN. She holds a Master's Degree from Saint John's and a Doctorate of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.
Contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-723-6699.
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 email@example.com or 218-723-6539
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or 218-724-5266
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-723-7086
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-343-2614
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 email@example.com or 218-723-6659
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-723-7074
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 email@example.com or 218-726-1911
"One Mission, Two Locations"
St. Scholastica Monastery
1001 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
McCabe Renewal Center
2125 Abbotsford Avenue
Duluth, MN 55803