Retreat Facilitators and Presenters at Our Lady of Grace
Pat Cuccia, IHM Associate
Sr. Ann Barbara DeSiano, IHM has served as a high school educator, as a dedicated Pastoral Minister in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and now as Director of Programming at Our Lady of Grace Center in Manhasset, NY, where she invites others to come to know the profound love of God.
Sr. Margaret Galiardi, OP is a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, whose passion is the contemplative integration of justice and peace for people and planet. She is a “lover of the wild,” a spiritual director and workshop and retreat leader who has lectured nationally on the New Cosmology and the Christian Story.
Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM is a writer, presenter, and spiritual guide. She has served for many years as a spiritual director and retreat director. And currently serves through her Mobile Spiritual Ministry.
Sheila Kutner has a broad background in education and spirituality. She recently completed Richard's Rohr's two- year program at the Living School for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, in addition to her training in Ignatian spirituality.
Tony Marinelli is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. He has 25 years experience in adult education and formation and for three decades was the chair of the Religion Department at Holy Trinity High School. In addition he has taught at Molloy College and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and has twice been a featured speaker at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference. He is the author of four books for Paulist Press in theology and scripture.
Pat McDonough, M.A., M.S., P.D., is a Catholic educator and author who has taught both theology and psychology in high schools, colleges and in adult faith formation programs. Her background as a psychologist brings a unique understanding to lived faith.
Joan McGovern As a certified spiritual director, she companions others through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Joan facilitates bereavement support groups and has experience in the ministries of directed retreats and days of prayer. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Theology.
Brother Paul Miller, OFS FDSM, is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order and the founder of The Healing Ministry of Divine Mercy, established to propagate the devotion of Divine Mercy. He is married with four adult children and twelve grandchildren. As a Franciscan, he seeks to minister specifically to the sick, the poor, the helpless, and the marginalized, thereby bringing Our Lord’s healing and peace to those most in need. Most importantly, his life's mission as ordained by God, is to proclaim The Authentic Message of Divine Mercy throughout the world. Once limited to the tri-state area, his ministry now extends throughout the United States as well as the Caribbean.
Diane Rizzo is a Graduate of the Pastoral Formation Institute and a Certified Spiritual Director. Trained in The Spiritual Exercises Of St. Ignatius, Addictions, Consolation, Bereavement and a Retreat Presenter.
Karen Starr-Venturini, trustee of the deMello Stroud Spirituality Center, is committed to spreading Anthony deMello’s message of peace, freedom and happiness far and wide. A devotee of over 15 years, Karen co-facilitates deMello retreats and workshops, in addition to ministering to recovery communities and correctional institutions.
J. Desmond Towey has been a Trustee of the deMello Stroud Spirituality Center for twenty-seven years. He currently serves as its Treasurer and primary operating officer. After being introduced to Father Stroud in 1987, Des was overwhelmed by the freshness of the DeMello message. Within months he was traveling on the road with Father Frank and Fr. McHugh offering conferences to college students and business professionals. Today Des carries on the mission of the Center by offering DeMello Conferences free of charge at parishes and retreat centers. Using the marvelous stories of Eastern and Western spirituality, Des captures the listener with the warmth and humor of the DeMello message of “waking up.”
Sr. JoAnn Walsh, RSM