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 dcarrillo@duluthosb.org or (218) 723-6699.


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.


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 retreat@duluthosb.org or (218) 723-6599.

Tamara Moore

Tamara Moore lives in northern Minnesota, cares for her family and home, writes, offers spiritual direction, teaches and supervises graduate students at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN. She is a practicing Roman Catholic, influenced and formed by Benedictine and Ignatian approaches to spirituality. She also engages in dialogue with the yogic traditions of India. Our spiritual direction conversations will include prayer and meditation on the personal story with ears and eyes open to the graces of contemplation.

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.

)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.

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.

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


St. Scholastica Monastery

1001 Kenwood Avenue

Duluth, MN 55811

(218) 723-6699