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Sr. Mary Ann Burke, SND, a spiritual director certified through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University, has served in a variety of pastoral and leadership positions, including parish and bereavement ministry and on the Sisters of Notre Dame Leadership Team. Sr. Mary Ann has led numerous 8-day retreats at JRC and also facilitated the JRC Ignatian Spirituality Leadership Programs which she considers a mutual blessing: ‘My individual directees have provided me with a wealth of inspiration and joy as they share their lives with me and I see their growth in God’s love and grace. It’s been an unusual journey that has led me where I am today, and I’m most grateful to God and my community.”

Martha L. Campbell is Founding Director of the Lay Leadership Program at Jesuit Retreat Center. For the past 18 years, she has been engaged in full-time spiritual ministry, first as a retreat team member at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, Maryland and then as the Director of the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to ministry as a program director, teacher, spiritual director, supervisor and retreat leader, she is a licensed psychologist holding graduate degrees in religious studies (MA) and psychology (Psy.D.). Martha is a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute and has received training in the Spiritual Exercises from the International Training Centre at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario. Her personal spiritual journey has been informed by Carmelite spirituality and enriched by Ignatian teachings. In her ministry of spiritual guidance, Martha draws on Scripture as well as wisdom from the Christian contemplative tradition. She believes that ultimately, the spiritual journey is about the realization of our baptismal call to union with God as we embrace the circumstances and challenges of everyday life.

Patrick Cleary-Burns has directed on more than 50 individually directed retreats in nine different retreat centers and has an extensive experience in directing individuals from diverse faith backgrounds, the LGBTQ community and the AA community. Pat continually seeks the grace to open his heart to the new directions the Spirit is calling him. He has a BA in Theology, an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and a Spiritual Direction certification from John Carroll University. Pat and his wife Jeannie live in South Euclid, OH and are members of St. Malachi Parish. You can learn more about Pat’s ministry by visiting

Sr. Peggy Duffy, OSU, a member of the Ursuline Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio, is an experienced spiritual director and retreat minister. Prior to her training and certification in spiritual direction and Ignatian retreats at Creighton University, Peggy attained Masters degrees in both elementary education and religious studies. In addition to her classroom teaching, Peggy became very involved in parish renewals, liturgy, adult education, RCIA programs, and the development of Small Base Christian Communities. She brings a rich background of knowledge and experience in all facets of parish life and is very dedicated to the Ignatian process. Presently, she does ongoing spiritual direction at the Ursuline Educational Center in Cleveland and directs retreats at various retreat and renewal centers. With a love for contemplation and the scriptures Peggy believes that the Director assists the individual retreatant best by being a listening presence, meeting each one where they are in their relationship with God, and helping them integrate their prayer life into everyday living.

Rev. Michael J. Feldtz is currently assigned as the Parocial Vicar of St. Mary Catholic Parish, in Berea, Ohio. In 2011, he was certified as a spiritual director through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. Fr. Mike has helped others journey through The Spiritual Exercises in retreat-forms of the 3, 5, and 8-day retreats; as well as the 19th Annotation, and ongoing spiritual direction. Students to seniors, enjoy praying and growing-deeper in their relationship with God, with Fr. Mike’s retreats and talks.

Rev. Liz Nau is a Spiritual Director and retreat leader with over 25 years’ experience leading retreats. She received her M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary and holds graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University, Formational (Inner Healing) Prayer and Small Group Leadership in Inner Healing Prayer from the Institute of Formational Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary. She is a retired Methodist pastor and has led retreats and directed summer and Holy Week IDRs at JRC. Liz feels called to companion others as they walk more deeply into their faith and to help others know and experience God’s love and Christ’s presence in daily life. A contemplative at heart,  her interests are in Ignatian Spirituality, Celtic Christian Spirituality, the spiritual disciplines and especially prayer: art as prayer, prayer walking and the gift of silence. Liz lives in Shaker Heights and she and her husband Dave have three grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, writing and photography.

Fr. Matt Roche, SJ is a full-time spiritual director at the Jesuit Retreat Center. A native of Lancaster, PA, he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1973 after graduating from Villanova and doing additional graduate work at Colgate University and Fordham University. He was ordained in 1981. He studied theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. and journalism at Syracuse University. He spent 9 years at Mt. Manresa Retreat House on Staten Island. He has been doing spiritual direction for 33 years.

Nancy Rowell holds a doctorate in theology with a focus on leadership development and an interest in mysticism. She has been trained as a spiritual director through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. Besides spiritual direction and retreats, her primary work is consulting. For more than 25 years, she’s facilitated efforts to promote and realize organizational, community, and individual change. As a volunteer, she has developed and implemented lay leadership and formation programs for various groups. She also works with the homeless and individuals in recovery.

Sr. Mary Ann Spangler, a Sister of the Humility of Mary, brings years of educational and retreat/spiritual direction experience. She obtained a Masters Degree at Kent State University and a spiritual direction certification from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. She directs retreats at the Jesuit Retreat Center and is on staff for the Spiritual Directors’ Formation Program at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. She also companions young adults on college campuses and provides experiences for the students through Newman Campus Ministry focusing on prayer, relationships, discernment and transitions in life.