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La Salette Retreat & Conference Center
Ethel Fraga has been a daily meditator and student of contemplative spirituality for 53 years. She has studied with Fr. Bede Griffiths, Fr. Thomas Keating, Sharon Salzburg and Thich Nhat Hanh. She serves as Centering Prayer Presenter and Group Facilitator, Spiritual Director, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor and Retreat Leader. She also serves on the Service and Leadership Team for Contemplative Outreach of Boston and the Contemplative Studies Initiative at Wheaton College.
Susan Conroy, a Maine native, first journeyed to India to work with Mother Theresa while a student at Dartmouth College. Over the course of eleven years, she developed a friendship with Mother Theresa working with her to care for the destitute in orphanages and in the Home for the Dying. Susan is the author of nine books. She has presented her message on EWTN and has traveled across the United States and to other countries to speak of her experiences and to encourage joy-filled service to those who are in need of mercy.
Sr. Diane, Dubé, PM
Sister Diane Dubé is a Sister of the Presentation of Mary. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Religious Studies and Sociology from Rivier University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. Diane is a certified spiritual director. She has worked as a psychotherapist, in parish ministry, and in retreat centers throughout New England. Diane currently offers retreats and spiritual direction as part of the ministry team at Marie-Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine
Dr. Thomas, Grzebien, III
Dr. Tom Grzebien obtained his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation treated issues in spirituality and mysticism in narratives of the lives of medieval holy women written by a Dominican Friar. Presently, he teaches history at Providence College. He has presented papers at numerous scholarly conferences and conducted many seminars dealing with Joan of Arc in the Hundred Years War. Tom has often led discussion groups following the showing of Dreyer’s film, the Passion of Joan of Arc.
Sr. Bridget, Haase, OSU
Sister Bridget Haase, is an Ursuline Sister, and a former missionary to Africa, Appalachia, and Mexico. She is the author of “Generous Faith: Stories to Inspire Abundant Living”, and “Doors to the Sacred: Everyday Events as Hints of the Holy”. For five years, she worked for Relative Radio Network, co-hosting the weekly program “Spirit and Life” with her Franciscan priest brother, Father Albert Haase. She continues as a frequent guest on other radio stations. She leads parish missions, retreats, and days of prayer across the USA, and also ministers as “Sister Storyteller” to 3 and 4-year-old children.
Rev. Richard, Landry, M.S.
Father Richard Landry is a past director of the La Salette Retreat Center. He recently completed several years of restorative justice ministry in the Diocese of Tucson, AZ where he used the Labyrinth among those in prison and with people suffering from addictions. Having studied under Dr. Lauren Artress, he is a Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator; he has built Labyrinths and led parish Labyrinth experience.
Rev. A. Stephen, Marcoux
Father Steve Marcoux is a priest of the Diocese of Manchester, NH in his 28th year of ministry and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Manchester. He was educated by the La Salette Missionaries in his high school years and has always kept in touch with his La Salette roots. He sees the charism of reconciliation as the cornerstone of his priestly ministry. He has preached many parish missions. He has served in five parishes as pastor and brings a wealth of pastoral experience.
Jim Markan is a Michigan native, former Massachusetts resident and retired human resource executive. His interest in Henri Nouwen developed after reading several of Henri's books. He has previously led both a course and a retreat featuring Henri Nouwen. During retirement Jim especially enjoys volunteering. These volunteer activities include teaching Junior Achievement courses to elementary school children, enrichment courses to seniors at Lifelong Learning Institutes, and spirituality courses for his parish. He and his wife live in Scarborough, Maine.
Sr. Marilyn, Sunderman, RSM, Ph.D.
Sister Marilyn Sunderman, RSM, Ph.D. is Professor of Theology and holds the Chair of the Theology Department at Saint Joseph's College in Maine. Sister Marilyn is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of Thomas Merton's life and spirituality. She has facilitated Merton retreats and has presented papers at national and international Merton conferences.
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