Directory of Catholic Spiritual Directors for Women*

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Mary Sharon Moore, M.T.S., is an active spiritual director, vocation consultant, and author of Moving in God's Direction: Essentials of Christ-centered Spiritual and Vocational Direction, as well as Anointed for a Purpose and Touching the Reign of God. Her spiritual and vocation direction practice supports lay men and women, as well as clergy and those in ministry formation, in discernment of God’s gifting and God’s calling. Click here for more information.
M. Delphine LeDoux companions people through prayer--in person or by phone, as they seek to meet God, experience God, and deepen their spiritual journey through prayer. Her spirituality is shaped within the Roman Catholic tradition. Delphine believes that prayer and spiritual reflection enable us to immerse ourselves in God, to enflesh the divine Presence. Click here for more information.

Karen Shields Wright, MS, DC, DM is a Spiritual Director at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Chaplain for Yale New Haven Healthcare system, in addition to being a licensed health care provider. She serves patients with education, in addition teaching and writing on Spirituality, Healthcare Ethics, Catholic Social Teaching, and Praying with the Sick.

Spiritual Direction is offered in-office or via teleconference or Skype, 203-629-2727
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laura lies

Laura Lies, M.S., Spiritual Director, is a native Chicagoan, with a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, and is based in the Naperville area. Laura has particular background in: Discernment and Decision Making; Making Sense of Suffering; Navigating major life transitions; Interfaith and ecumenical relationships; and Returning to God after a long hiatus.

Contact Laura at laura.lies@streamsgrace.com or www.streamsgrace.com
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Theresa Miller
My approach is trusting that the Holy Spirit is the director and being open to the presence of God in the relationship with the spiritual directee. I have an electic spiritual background. I have been greatly influenced by Ignatian, Carmelite and Franciscan Spirituality and prayer. I am also a former Religious Sister of 16 years.

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Barry C. Eitel, MSW, MBA, CADC, CCS, ACSW, BCC is a Spiritual Life Coach and Clinical Social Worker practicing in Monroe, MI.  He is a Board Certified Coach and Clinical Social Worker who received his Master of Social Work from Michigan State University in 1981.  He is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education in North Carolina.  He has had several years of spiritual direction and has completed a directed retreat in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. 
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Stan Bohall has worked with individuals and groups for over forty years, helping them develop short and long-range plans, build teams, and achieve goals. Before being received into the Catholic Church in 2015, he served as a Baptist pastor: teaching, preaching, organizing, writing, motivating, and listening. 

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Contact Information: 508-410-9008 / s.bohall@verizon.net

  Bill Quinn is a Licensed Masters level social worker in NY state and holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Connecticut.  He also has done extensive study in the Catholic faith and has completed a correspondence course on Catholicism.  Initial consolation with Bill is free.  For additonal sessions over the phone, over the internet or in his home, the fee is $45 per session. Fee is negotiable based on ability to pay. Contact information: Telephone 845-223-3124.

Hello. I’m Luke Larson, a certified spiritual director with a Catholic view of reality that sees all people, along with the entire world, as God’s creation and, therefore, as good. My approach is optimistic, contemplative and service-oriented, while adapting to fit my directees’ life history, personality and spirituality. As a Jesuit seminarian for eight years, I gained proficiency in the art of discernment, i.e. helping others to make God-centered decisions, which is now the cornerstone of my coaching and spiritual direction practice. Please visit my website at http://lukelarsoncoaching.com to learn more and to schedule a free initial session. Click here for more information.


See below for more details on each listed spiritual director:

Mary Sharon Moore, M.T.S., is an active spiritual director, vocation consultant, and author of Moving in God's Direction: Essentials of Christ-centered Spiritual and Vocational Direction, as well as Anointed for a Purpose and Touching the Reign of God. Her spiritual and vocation direction practice supports lay men and women, as well as clergy and those in ministry formation, in discernment of God’s gifting and God’s calling.
Mary Sharon has a master’s degree in theological studies from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. She is founding director of Awakening Vocations, a ministry formed in the Roman Catholic tradition to awaken the vocational culture of parishes and vocation discernment in individuals. Her work has appeared in Catechist magazine and Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International. Her Journey With the Word seasonal meditations are heard on Catholic radio stations around the United States.

Vibrantly Christ-centered, Mary Sharon believes that regular, prayerful relationship with God is the key to living as Christ lived—lovingly for the sake of the world.

Spiritual direction with Mary Sharon Moore offers you . . .
Clarity in discerning:
• God’s movement in the circumstances of your life;
• Spiritual gifts already at work in your life;
• The quality of your vocational response to God’s calling;
• Next steps on your spiritual and vocational journey.

Topics often brought to spiritual direction . . .
• Unnamed losses in life, unfinished grieving;
• Shifts in relationships or health;
• The hidden poverties in your life;
• Hunger for growth in prayer;
• Search for meaning in life and work.

Areas of vocational discernment . . .
• Discernment of charisms at work in your life right now;
• Discernment of God’s willing and God’s calling in your life;
• Areas of response or resistance to God’s willing and God’s grace;
• Prayer practices that lead to and express mature faith.

Spiritual direction by phone . . .
Mary Sharon offers spiritual and vocation direction by phone. To arrange for an introductory conversation, please

Click here
for a brochure.

About the spiritual and vocational direction relationship. . .
All work is one-to-one. Mary Sharon also works with couples who wish to discern God’s calling within their marriage. All work is confidential. In Mary Sharon’s practice spiritual direction is not about “solving problems” but about finding patterns of God’s movement, grace, and willing in your life’s circumstances. Mary Sharon prays for her directees individually each day at noon.

What you can expect . . .
Unconditional welcome and respect for who you are and where you are in your life;
Permission to be yourself – unadorned, honest, striving for clarity and meaning;
Encouragement and insight, in an unrushed and prayerful environment.

How to prepare . . .
Prayerfully reflect, a day or two before your session, on what God would have you notice about your life, what you are working on, challenges you are facing;
Notice what Scripture passages speak to your heart or imagination at this time;
Make note of the concerns you want to bring to the session;
Be prepared. Sessions last one hour, so consider in advance how you want to use that time. And be prepared, too, for the movement of the Holy Spirit.

How the session flows . . .
• At the start, you will be given time to calm from the noise of the day.
• Mary Sharon will invite you to share a meaningful passage from Scripture or some other meaningful text.
• Silence follows until you are ready to lead or request the opening prayer.
• Mary Sharon will ask you what you would like to discuss during the session.

Customary offering . . .
$60, or what your means allow. Checks are payable to Awakening Vocations or Mary Sharon Moore.

Endorsements
“Mary Sharon Moore is a warm, generous, prayerful, and faith-filled woman of the Church with a love for Jesus and a desire to help others to deepen their relationship with him. Her training in spiritual direction and charism discernment, and her years in pastoral work, make Mary Sharon particularly effective in her ministry. I heartily recommend Mary Sharon as a spiritual director.”
Michael Fones, O.P., Co-Director
Catherine of Siena Institute, Colorado Springs, CO.

“Mary Sharon Moore is a woman of faith, truly a disciple of Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic tradition. She is a person of experience who has struggled with the realities of prayer and life. Guided by the Holy Spirit, she is gifted in helping others to discern God’s calling, and is steeped in Scripture and wisdom of the Christian tradition. I strongly recommend Mary Sharon as a spiritual director.”
Antoinette Traeger, O.S.B., Founder
“With Hearts Expanding” spiritual direction program
Queen of Angels Monastery, Mount Angel, OR.

A few words from Mary Sharon . . .
Thank you for your interest in spiritual direction. I may not know you yet. If we converse from a distance by phone, I may never meet you in person. Still, this is my prayer for you, which I pray with great joy in my heart: I continually thank my God for you because of the favor he has bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, in whom you have been richly endowed with every gift. . . . God is faithful, and has called you to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (see 1 Corinthians 1:3-9)

Carry this thought . . .
“God has determined that I should reach that which will be my greatest happiness. God looks on me individually, calls me by my name, knows what I can do, what I can best be, what is my greatest happiness. And God means to give it to me!” John Henry Cardinal Newman, written during the darkest period of his life.

Contact Mary Sharon Moore, M.T.S., for more information, and to discern whether spiritual direction is right for your needs.


Brochure: Available here.
Read sample pages of Mary Sharon's books, or order direct from the author, at http://marysharonmoore.com/store.html.


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M. Delphine LeDoux companions people through prayer--in person or by phone, as they seek to meet God, experience God, and deepen their spiritual journey through prayer. Her spirituality is shaped within the Roman Catholic tradition. Delphine believes that prayer and spiritual reflection enable us to immerse ourselves in God, to enflesh the divine Presence. As a prayer companion, Delphine helps clarify what you encounter in your experience with God, who is as close to you as your every breath.

PRAYER COMPANION

Prayer Companioning by phone:
Delphine offers spiritual companionship and prayer by phone, in one hour sessions. 

You may e-mail Delphine at
prayercompanion@netzero.net, and please include your time zone to arrange for a brief introductory meeting to discern whether this is the right fit for you at this time.

All sharing is one-to-one and confidential, allowing you to share your journey, life, experiences, and recurring patterns of experience as you seek God's deepening invitation.

In these one hour prayer conversations, you can expect welcome and respect for who you are and where you are today. Together, we will listen for who you hope to be, honestly seeking God's will for you in clarity and meaning. You will receive encouragement, insight, and capacity for prayer, all in an unrushed environment.

How to prepare:
Reflect prayerfully a day or two before your scheduled session on what God is inviting you to recognize about your life, your hopes, your challenges, your conversational prayer.

Note what scripture passages speak to you or invite you more deeply at this time.
At the start of the session, we will take a deep breath or two to calm from the day's noise. Delphine will invite you to share your chosen scripture, followed by silence until you are ready to pray further.

She will ask you what you would like to focus on during this session.

Customary Offering:
Customary offering is $45 or what your means allows. Checks are payable to M. Delphine LeDoux.

Thank you for your interest in sharing your prayer, your experiences, and your journey to and within God. We may never meet face-to-face, but our shared prayer, deep and respectful listening, and being present to each other and to God will bring blessings, gift, and grace. My prayer for you right now is light, joy, and peace through all your breaths. I give God thanks for you, and for your willingness to share and grow in your journey into God.

Contact M. Delphine LeDoux:
e-mail:
prayercompanion@netzero.net


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Karen Shields Wright, MS, DC, DM is a Spiritual Director at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Chaplain for Yale New Haven Healthcare system, in addition to being a licensed health care provider. She serves patients with education, in addition teaching and writing on Spirituality, Healthcare Ethics, Catholic Social Teaching, and Praying with the Sick.

Spiritual Direction is offered in-office or via teleconference or Skype, 203-629-2727
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Dr. Wright is a graduate of Fordham University with a Masters in Spirituality and Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction.  As a graduate of New York Chiropractic College she has treated over 4000 patients with biomechanical conditions. Her ongoing clinical education has been at New York Medical College, Harvard, and many other institutions, as well as those collaborating with the World Federation of Chiropractic.

Dr. Wright has given retreats and presentation to healthcare workers and patients, in addition to lay ministers and clergy on Catholic Spirituality, Healthcare Ethics, Catholic Social Teaching, and Praying with the Sick.

Wright took her chaplaincy training at Yale New Haven Health System and is employed as a  chaplain for Greenwich Hospital Spiritual Care Department, where she also serves as Eucharistic Minister as a Dame from the Order of Malta.

As a member of Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, a foundation created by St. John Paul II for lay leaders to study Catholic Social Teaching she has volunteered in various positions:  board member of the USA’s 1st chapter, and for national as program director and co-executive director. She has led their spirituality initiative. Dr. Wright was the founder and past president of the Association for Catholic Chiropractors, an affiliate of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

As one who has suffered through a disability, a family member with cancer, and assisting others through the last moments of their life, all by the grace of God, I have come to understand more deeply the struggles we face in confronting an illness, and believe it is through our Catholic view of health, we can come to experience the gift of graces Our Lord has for us in the midst of suffering.

The great saint, philosopher, and theologian of our time Saint Pope John Paul II offers us this definition of health: "Health is a dynamic tension towards physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmony, and not only the absence of illness, which gives man the ability to fulfill the mission which has been entrusted to him, according to the state of life in which he finds himself."

Dr. Karen Shields Wright
Clinician/Spiritual Director
1-203-629-2727
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laura lies

Laura Lies, M.S., Spiritual Director, is a native Chicagoan, with a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, and is based in the Naperville area. Laura has particular background in: Discernment and Decision Making; Making Sense of Suffering; Navigating major life transitions; Interfaith and ecumenical relationships; and Returning to God after a long hiatus.

Laura also has an M.S. degree in Human Resource Management and experience through Alpha as a Marriage & Parenting mentor. In addition, she has coached people through career transition and workplace challenges.

She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and adheres to their standards of professional ethics regarding confidentiality, boundaries, and privacy.

Laura welcomes people of different Christian backgrounds and is committed to reverence for the dignity, equality, rights and gifts of all persons. She welcomes and accepts all wherever they are spiritually.

Contact Laura at laura.lies@streamsgrace.com or www.streamsgrace.com


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Stan Bohall has worked with individuals and groups for over forty years, helping them develop short and long-range plans, build teams, and achieve goals. Before being received into the Catholic Church in 2015, he served as a Baptist pastor: teaching, preaching, organizing, writing, motivating, and listening. 

Contact Information: 508-410-9008 / s.bohall@verizon.net

Stan holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Divinity. He began offering spiritual direction in 2010 while working on a two-year certificate program with Selah (http://leadershiptransformations.org/selah.htm). “I enjoy helping individuals discern how God is working in their lives.”

He also has a keen interest in authors such as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo. Finding Neverland, Saving Mr. Banks, and Les Misérables are three of his favorite films. Stan writes creatively about the human desire for God as expressed in the arts. You can find some of his material at http://www.questmin.org/.

Stan is active in parish ministry at the Catholic Community of St. Theresa of Lisieux https://sttheresaparish.org/ in South Hadley, MA. He and his wife, Judi, live in South Hadley, MA. They have two married sons and four grandchildren.

Stan offers spiritual direction in person at the following locations:
▪ St. Theresa of Lisieux https://sttheresaparish.org/ in South Hadley, MA
▪ Church of the Nativity http://churchofthenativity.org/ in Northborough, MA

He also works with people via Skype. Phone is also an option.

Check out his website at http://www.questmin.org/.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the director’s part?
▪ Attentiveness to and trust in God
▪ Responsiveness to God and to the directee
▪ Attentiveness to the directee’s life journey

What is the directee’s part?
▪ Attentiveness to and trust in God
▪ Desire to share one’s life journey
▪ Openness to receive direction from God

How frequent are the sessions?
It’s up to the directee. Once every two weeks may be helpful to get started. After that, once a month may work well.

Where will we meet?
▪ A quiet place
▪ A secure place
▪ A place of solitude

How do we get started?
Use the contact information above to make a no-obligation appointment. We’ll explore the possibility of engaging in spiritual direction.

What about finances?
We’ll discuss an affordable arrangement during our first session. A fee supports the director’s ministry. It also gives the directee incentive to get the most from our time together.

What Is Spiritual Direction?

“Spiritual direction is a relationship between two people that allows one to assist the other in discerning God’s activity and presence in his or her life.”
(Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)

“A spiritual director listens with one ear to God and the other to the directee, always encouraging the directee to recognize where God can be found throughout the journey.” (Calhoun)

“At its core, spiritual direction attends to the faithfulness and initiative of God. The Holy Spirit is really the Director of the time together as both parties pay attention to God’s movements and call.” (Calhoun)

Here is a helpful illustration to distinguish between a spiritual director and other helping relationships. When a person seeks help with his/her marriage:
A friend listens and shares joys and struggles about marriage.
A teacher tells what the Bible and wise Christians have to say about the subject.
A disciple-maker develops a biblical plan for growth in marriage.
A counselor identifies problems that affect the marriage and seeks to change behavior.
A mentor models a healthy marriage and builds a relationship with the person.
A spiritual director helps the person discern God’s presence and listen for God’s voice in the joys and sorrows of marriage. (Adapted from a piece by Hallie Cowan)

Resources for Spiritual Direction
Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction by Jeannette A. Bakke
Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction by David G. Benner
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
The Practice of Spiritual Direction by William A. Barry & William J. Connolly
Friend of the Bridegroom by Thomas H. Green
Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction by Margaret Guenther
Care of Mind, Care of Spirit by Gerald G. May, M.D.

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Barry C. Eitel, MSW, MBA, CADC, CCS, ACSW, BCC is a Spiritual Life Coach and Clinical Social Worker practicing in Monroe, MI.  He is a Board Certified Coach and Clinical Social Worker who received his Master of Social Work from Michigan State University in 1981.  He is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education in North Carolina.  He has had several years of spiritual direction and has completed a directed retreat in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. 
For more information go to www.donotfearthedarkness.com

Barry is a practicing Roman Catholic raised in the Protestant tradition.  He converted to Catholicism at the age of 26, several years after reading Thomas Merton’s “The Seven Storey Mountain.”  He has been influenced by St John of the Cross and his comment that “To come to the knowledge you have not you must go by a way in which you know not.”

Throughout his 33 years of providing spiritual life coaching and mental health/addiction services, he has been fascinated with how spiritual principles can directly address life’s circumstances.  He was influenced by a dream he had where he saw a large airline ticket in the sky.  Each of the seven destinations themselves were blurry, but at the left of each destination in all caps was the word, READ.  This has helped him to realize that spiritual growth does not come through osmosis but that study and prayer are needed. 

He also had another dream where what he believed to be angels were instructing him on ways to apply ancient herbs to treat spiritual dilemmas and conflicts.  As the leaves of each herb were shown, a voice instructed him on its uses.  Through his years of experience, he has learned ways to apply Biblical passages and Christian principles to promote spiritual life coaching through many serious issues. 

Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6: 16

Spiritual Life Coaching may take place by telephone or in person at Mr. Eitel’s office in Monroe, MI. 

For more information go to www.donotfearthedarkness.com

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Bill Quinn is a Licensed Masters level social worker in NY state and holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Connecticut.  He also has done extensive study in the Catholic faith and has completed a correspondence course on Catholicism.  Initial consolation with Bill is free.  For additonal sessions over the phone, over the internet or in his home, the fee is $45 per session. Fee is negotiable based on ability to pay. Contact information: Telephone 845-223-3124.

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Hello. I’m Luke Larson, a certified spiritual director with a Catholic view of reality that sees all people, along with the entire world, as God’s creation and, therefore, as good. My approach is optimistic, contemplative and service-oriented, while adapting to fit my directees’ life history, personality and spirituality. As a Jesuit seminarian for eight years, I gained proficiency in the art of discernment, i.e. helping others to make God-centered decisions, which is now the cornerstone of my coaching and spiritual direction practice. Please visit my website to learn more and to schedule a free initial session at http://lukelarsoncoaching.com.

For 14 years I was a mission executive leader with one of the largest Catholic health systems in the nation. During that time I gained an experiential understanding of the challenges facing professionals today, especially during times of transition. I hold a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in religious studies from Gonzaga University.

My own spiritual practices include: spending time in prayer each day, attending daily Mass, meeting regularly with my Spiritual Director, participating in supervision for my spiritual direction practice, making directed retreats, and praying for my directees and retreatants. I base my coaching and spiritual direction on the principles of faith, integrity, empathy, kindness, generosity, service and continuous learning.

My wife and I are grateful to call Missoula, Montana, home and to have our family, including four adorable grandchildren, all relatively close.

Evie and I have made several volunteer medical mission trips abroad. I have also founded two successful international mission programs, one in the West Indies and the other in the Philippines.

Twice we have walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain. Insights gained from our first trek were the impetus for my published book about the Camino.

Spiritual Direction is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It is a series of conversations with an experienced spiritual guide about your spiritual journey, relationship with God, prayer, and the integration of your faith and life. It helps you become more aware of God’s presence and invitation in your everyday life.

I offer spiritual direction in person, by phone and Skype. Typically, the sessions are scheduled monthly for about 45 minutes. My fee is $55 per session, with a 10% discount for paying in full for a year. 

Please visit my website http://lukelarsoncoaching.com to learn more and to schedule a free initial session. Then, let's get started!

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Theresa Miller
My approach is trusting that the Holy Spirit is the director and being open to the presence of God in the relationship with the spiritual directee.

I have an electic spiritual background. I have been greatly influenced by Ignatian, Carmelite and Franciscan Spirituality and prayer. I am also a former Religious Sister of 16 years.

I also feel the relationship we create during spiritual direction is a trusted spiritual friendship and companionship and one of  holy listening to hear the movements of God working in their life. I feel very privileged to be in this dimensions with people of faith. In my professional background, I have degrees in Music Ed, Music Therapy, Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling.

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