Our August directed retreat consists of five whole days (6-night stay) of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness of and response to God. You will have this week of quiet and peace for personal reflection at our Center and around our beautiful grounds. Mass will be offered daily. Check-in begins at 3pm on Sunday and the the retreat will begin after dinner.
This is a silent retreat. Please indicate your preference for a spiritual direction below in the ‘special needs’ section of the online registration or contact the Welcome Center at 410-442-3120. Fr. Michael Schleupner and Rev. Stephen Wade are no longer available as their list of directees is now full.
Joy Aker, MA, is a spiritual director and Labyrinth facilitator as well as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Her focus in on helping people to develop a holistic spirituality which looks to wholeness in body, mind and spirit. She also has a great interest in assisting others as they deepen their own relationship with God. Joy has a Master’s Degree in Spirituality and Parish Nursing from Sr. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.
Fr. Phillip Cover is an experienced retreat leader, spiritual director, pilgrimage leader and author. He previously served as the Assistant Executive Director in the Department of Religious Education for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Washington, DC. He also served as an adjunct staff member for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is co-author of Journey with Purpose, Through Exile into the Heart of God and The Inner Work of Lent.
Sr. Pamela Jablon, SSND, earned her certificate in Spiritual Direction from Sacred Hearth University. She has been offering spiritual direction at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial House, Well for the Journey, and Notre Dame of Maryland University for many years. She is knowledgeable and experienced in principles and practices of adult education and spiritual counseling.
Father Michael Schleupner was ordained in 1972 and has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 46 years. Most recently, he served as the pastor of Saint Margaret Parish in Bel Air, Maryland for 10 years. Father retired from that pastorate and from full-time ministry in 2016. Since then, he is ministering in various ways, including: assisting at parishes on weekends, offering spiritual direction in a parish setting and at the Caritas Counseling Center in Towson, directing retreats, and composing a weekly electronic spiritual message called Inbox Inspirations (firstname.lastname@example.org). Father Schleupner’s Sunday homilies are also available (www.fathermikeschleupner.blogspot.com). His weekend Mass schedule is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FatherMikeSchleupner). Father has masters degrees in Theology and in Church Administration and a Licentiate Degree in Canon Law. He has also done studies in spirituality, spiritual direction, and in secularism.
Reverend Stephen Wade is a priest in The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. He has recently retired as Chair of the Diocese’s Committee on Discernment and as a leader of that committee’s program of retreats on Discernment for Leadership. Rev. Wade has led Ignation 8-day retreats at the Eastern Point Retreat House and our Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours. He also maintains a private practice of Spiritual Direction in Ashburn, VA, and is a member of the ecumenical Ignation-Retreats-In-Daily-Life Team at Holy Trinity Church at Georgetown University.