“Make it a practice to
judge persons and things
in the most favorable light
at all times and under
all circumstances.”

St. Vincent de Paul

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is an opportunity to share one’s inner life in a confidential setting with a trained and trusted listener. This centuries old Christian practice is the art of listening to God together, searching for the meaning of God’s action in life, and/or deepening one’s relationship with God. The process is individual and personal, helping to focus on the mutual relationship between God and the person seeking direction.

Many directees have expressed the following benefits:

  • A sense of inner calm and peace;
  • A sense of direction in one’s life;
  • A sense of living a deeper and fuller life;
  • A sense of living in the wonder, awe and mystery of God.

Two practical questions to consider:

  • Do I have the interior freedom to be in a prayerful listening place as I seek to pay attention to God in my life with others on the journey?
  • Do I have flexibility in my schedule that can accommodate others’ schedules?

Cost for spiritual direction through the Spirituality Center is based on a sliding scale of $30-$45. Contact individual spiritual directors to find out what they charge per session. For additional information please contact S. Maureen Heverin, SC at 513-347-1408 or by email maureen.heverin@srcharitycinti.org.

Available Sisters of Charity Spiritual Directors:

There are several Sisters of Charity in the Cincinnati area who are trained spiritual directors. Below you will find information on each. Please contact the Sister directly if you wish to have one of them journey with you in spiritual direction. Check with these individual Sisters regarding their fee for spiritual direction.

S. Maureen Heverin

S. Maureen Heverin

S. Maureen Heverin, SC, received formal training in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio, in 1992. Her ministry experience includes elementary education and adult education, social service work, spiritual formation and leadership in the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Congregation. Presently S. Maureen’s ministry in the Spirituality Center includes spiritual direction (individual and group), directing retreats and facilitating various spiritual programs. Contact S. Maureen at 513-347-1408.

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S. Carol Brenner

S. Carol Brenner

S. Carol Brenner, SC, is a spiritual director. She completed an internship in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio, in 1987, and has been companioning others on their spiritual journey since then. Her past ministry experience includes teaching, religious education, parish ministry, mission work in St. Lucia in the West Indies and retreat minister for 16 years on the staff of the Spirituality Center. Contact S. Carol at 513-347-5456.

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S. Elizabeth (Betty) Finn

S. Elizabeth (Betty) Finn

S. Betty Finn has been a spiritual director and retreat director (preached and directed) for 15 years. She participated in spiritual direction training at St. Meinrad’s (Meinrad, Indiana) and the Athenaeum of Ohio (Cincinnati). She has a M.Ed. with a concentration in counseling from Xavier University (Cincinnati) and a MA in pastoral counseling from the Athenaeum. S. Betty believes that we are all spiritual persons have growth issues that affect our lives. Some of these can be worked with using techniques/knowledge of spiritual direction; others require the ability to use psychology, and she can offer knowledge and techniques from both fields. Contact S. Betty at 513-451-2635.

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S. Patmarie Bernard

S. Patmarie Bernard

S. Patmarie Bernard, SC, RN, has been a spiritual director and retreat director since 1990. She received formal preparation in spiritual direction at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. S. Patmarie has training in dream work, journaling, centering prayer, Lectio Divina, Native American spirituality and creative expression modalities. She served on the retreat staff of the Sangre de Cristo Renewal Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her ministry experience includes healthcare outreach, with management and nursing services among the poor. Contact S. Patmarie at 513-347-5730.

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S. Mary Ellen Murphy

S. Mary Ellen Murphy

S. Mary Ellen Murphy, SC, is engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction/companioning, directed retreats and leading days of reflection. Her ministry experience includes teaching, parish work, religious education, missionary work in Africa and social service work with low-income elderly in Cincinnati. She also served as executive councilor and president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Congregation. She has a MA in religious education from the University of Notre Dame and completed the Spiritual Direction Internship Program at Kordes Center in Ferdinand, Indiana, in 2005. Contact S. Mary Ellen at 513-347-5493.

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S. Montiel Rosenthal

S. Montiel Rosenthal

S. Montiel Rosenthal, SC, has been offering individual and group spiritual direction since 2000. Her spiritual direction training was through the Vincentian Center for Spirituality in the Workplace and the Vincentian Renewal Center in Princeton, New Jersey. She has particular interests in Near Eastern Spirituality and Spirituality in Medicine. She has been a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati since 1986, and served as a missionary in Armenia. She currently ministers as a family physician teaching medical students and residents, providing medical care from preconception to the end of life, providing health care for the uninsured, and performing medical acupuncture. Contact S. Montiel at 513-218-0913.

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S. Donna Steffen

S. Donna Steffen

S. Donna Steffen, SC offers individual spiritual direction and directs retreats. S. Donna has an MA in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. She has experience in parish ministry, presents national RCIA workshops, and continues to lead retreats for various groups. S. Donna was trained in Ignatian Spirituality in 1988. S. Donna directs on two yearly retreats at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, OH. She is presently on the staff of the Internship in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Spiritual Center. S. Donna offers spiritual direction in her home office in East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati. Contact S. Donna at 513-751-3358.

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S. Joan Deiters

S. Joan Deiters

S. Joan Deiters, SC, gives spiritual direction for individuals and also directs retreats. She completed the Internship in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center, Milford, Ohio, and received a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. S. Joan has a certificate from the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy with a specialty in Jungian studies, Mt. Kisco, New York. Before coming to Mount St. Joseph, her previous ministry was a private practice in psychotherapy and spiritual direction.

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After making her commitment as an Associate in Mission in 2011, Florida Associate Peggy Brockman says she wanted to emulate S. Mary Loyola Mathia’s service to others. Peggy’s devotion and years of volunteerism at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and Thrift Store in Spring Hill, Florida are a strong indication she has taken her commitment to heart. …