John Paul II Center - Milwaukee

Spiritual Directors

Spiritual Directors

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee provides this information to assist you in seeking a spiritual director. The inclusion of a spiritual director on this list does not imply approval or endorsement on the part of the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is not responsible for these people in anyway or for any claims that may arise as a result of the use of the information provided. Rather, the Archdiocese recognizes that these people are Catholics who have received training or have experience in the area of spiritual direction. You are urged to inquire into the qualifications of any potential spiritual director.


Miriam Brown, O.P.
Siena Center
5635 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402

Sr. Miriam is a Sinsinawa Dominican and member of the retreat staff of Siena Retreat Center in Racine where she is an experienced spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, and on the leadership team for Siena’s two-year Spiritual Guidance Training Program. She has an eye for the Spirit’s movement in the world today, and a sensitive ear for the graced unfolding of God in the happenings of each person’s deep and precious life. Siena’s sliding scale is $35-$55.


Dawn Capilupo, OSF
4183 N. Bartlett Avenue
Shorewood, WI 53211
Sister Dawn has a Masters Degree in Franciscan Studies and Spirituality from St. Bonaventure University, New York. She holds a Certificate of Completion for Spiritual Direction and Leadership from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. Spiritual direction is her fulltime ministry, which she understands to be “watching the movement of God.” She uses the Franciscan spiritual tradition, Scripture and literature, myth and folktales, as well as the lens of Jungian psychology as her resources. She has a sliding scale of $45-$125 per session.


Jennifer Christ
167 W. Armour Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Jennifer is a freelance consultant in ministry throughout the archdiocese of Milwaukee. She is a speaker, writer, retreat facilitator, spiritual director, and an instructor in the Diaconate Formation Program for the diocese. Jennifer holds a BS in Education, an MTS from Saint Francis Seminary, and a certificate in spiritual guidance from the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin. She is married and the mother of four young adult children. She meets with seekers in her home office for sessions that are prayerful and led by the Holy Spirit. Her fee range is $30-$55 with provisions for financial need.


Mary DeSantis
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Spirituality Center
2281 N Swan Blvd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Mary is a Consecrated Virgin in the Order of Virgins. She offers spiritual direction full-time in English and Spanish and serves as a Spirituality Consultant to the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Mary holds graduate degrees in Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats. She allows the Holy Spirit to take the lead
in her sessions, while using her gifts, training, and experience to gently illuminate the working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of her directees. She uses the Principles of Ignatian Discernment as the foundation for her work. Please call to inquire about fee.

Stella DeVenuta, OSF
SanctuStar Oasis (St. Francis Convent)
3221 South Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53235
Stella is a Sister of St. Francis Assisi, an artist and facilitator of the Soul Circle women’s group. Her certificate in spiritual guidance is from the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin. She holds a MS degree in
art education as well as certifications and training in theology, Capacitar International, campus ministry, and Mandala interpretation. In addition to individual spiritual guidance, Stella offers various retreats that include creativity process. She considers the primary focus of direction as companioning others as they deepen their relationship with God and Spirit. Spiritual companioning is about being attentive to the "Presence" of the Holy in each person’s sacred life story. Stella offers an open heart for deep listening, guided imagery, creativity and reflective questions to invite each person to surface their own intuitive wisdom. Spiritual Guidance sessions and combination of Art and Spirituality sessions available. The individual should be able to use a staircase to access the Oasis space. She has a sliding scale: $40-100 (suggested $60). Fees negotiable for times of financial hardship.


Judith Deysach
1255 Longwood Avenue
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Judith holds a MAPS degree from Saint Francis Seminary and received training as a spiritual director at the Institute of Spiritual Companionship, Loyola University Chicago accredited. Judith has done wideranging work with both youth and adults in faith formation. As God is present in all, using an incarnational approach, Judith serves as companion, listening as the directee recounts his/her story.
Areas of exploration such as prayer, dream work, imagery, focusing, and personality awareness allow the directee to get in touch with his/her inner life. Judith’s fee is $40 per session.


Sister Arlene Einwalter, SSSF
My Good Mourning Place
4005 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
414-212-8976,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sr. Arlene is a School Sister of St. Francis whose primary ministry is counseling, spiritual direction, and education. She holds masters degrees in religious education and theology, as well as an Associate Degree in Hospice, Grief Counseling, and Death Education. She has done extensive work as a grief counselor. In spiritual direction she uses prayer, meditation, guided imagery, association, and the enneagram as tools to help a person find God in the stuff of their everyday lives. She has a sliding scale of $60-75 with provision for financial hardship.


Jim Gill
5699 Cardinal Ct
Greendale, WI 53129

Jim is Associate Director of Programming at Siena Retreat Center in Racine.  He holds and MA in Religious Studies with an emphasis in spirituality, and has done post-grad studies in scripture and liturgy.  He received his Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from Siena Retreat Center.  Jim is an Associate with the School Sisters of Notre Dame and is experienced in Benedictine and Celtic spiritualities.  He describes his style as “compassionate and supportive”.  Jim’s fee is on a sliding scale of $45 - 60 with provisions for financial need.  There is no charge for the initial session.

Alice Hatzenbeller
4376 South 52nd Street
Greenfield, WI 53220
Alice is a Pastoral Care Minister with a MAPS degree from Saint Francis Seminary, a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mercy Center, Colorado and a Certificate in Bereavement Ministry from Archdiocese of New York. She believes prayer, deep and holy listening, presence and attentiveness are essential to the sacred, confidential process of spiritual direction. She sees her role as holding up a mirror for the person, helping them uncover and ponder their lived experiences: the joys, challenges, shortcomings and their holy longings. Alice has a sliding scale: $35-50 with fees negotiable for times of financial hardship.


Sr. Eileen Kazmierowicz
St. Alphonsus Parish
5960 West Loomis Road
Greendale, WI 53129
414-421-2442, ext. 424,
Sr. Eileen is the Director of Adult Formation and Development at St. Alphonsus Parish in Greendale, Wisconsin. She holds an MA in Education and Theology, a Doctor of .Ministry degree focused on adult spiritual formation, and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Spirituality. She received her certificate in spiritual direction from the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She approaches each person uniquely, listening to their faith journey, and encouraging faith and life connections. Her fee is $25 per session, with no charge for an initial session.


Deacon Dan Kehrer
4816 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
Dan is an ordained deacon for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He holds a certificate in spiritual guidance from the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at Siena Center, Racine, Wisconsin. Dan considers himself a companion on the directee’s journey to a deeper relationship with God. He helps one to listen and hear God speaking in the midst of all the events of life. Dan does not charge for his sessions.


Sr. Ann Kelley
5727 S. 23 Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Sr. Ann is a Sister of St. Francis of Assisi who has experienced a deep on-going call to accompany others on their spiritual journey. Answering this call she has earned a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality with a concentration in spiritual direction and retreat direction from Creighton University and a MAPS degree from Loyola of Chicago. She also has certificates in Holistic Growth; and Healing, Transformation and Empowerment. Ann is committed to relying on the Spirit’s creative movements during sessions, and in promoting relationships with the Holy One, self, others and creation which are intimate, integrated and authentic. Her fee is negotiable.


Joan Penzenstadler, SSND
Mount Mary Univesity
2900 N Menomonee River Pdwy.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222
, 414-256-1226,
Joan is a School Sister of Notre Dame and serves as Vice President for Mission and Indentity At Mount Mary. She holds a Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College as well as certificated in Spiritual Guidance from Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Joan tries to provide a space where the Spirit of Truth can emerge and where the directees knows she is she/he is safe and heard and called to grow. She meets with dirctees in her office on the campus of Mount Mary University. She has a sliding scale: $30-60.


Lynn Ann Reesman
St. Gabriel Parish
1200 St. Gabriel Way
Hubertus, WI 53033
262-628-1141 or 262-674-1027,
Lynn Ann is a director of adult ministry, wife, mother, and grandmother. She holds various degrees including a MAPS from Saint Francis Seminary, an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University. Formed in Ignatian spirituality, she believes spiritual direction to be a graced time during which two people of faith attune themselves intentionally to the movement of God in their hearts and lives. She sees the director’s primary role as one of listening for and assisting in the discernment of these movements in the directee. Her sliding scale is $20-$50 (always negotiable).


Sister Nancy Sell, OSF
Sacred Heart Center
1545 South Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Sister Nancy is director of Spirituality and Formation for the School Sisters of St. Francis and a free-lance spiritual director and spirituality consultant. She holds a BA in theology from Xavier University, a Masters in Theology from Washington Theological Union, and A Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School. Sister Nancy’s style as a director is to listen attentively, giving time and space for the story to unfold, and then offering reflective questions and responses. She has a sliding scale: $40-60 (suggested $60). Fees negotiable for times of financial hardships.


Sister Kathleen Sowinski, SSSF
10444 W. Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Sr. Kathleen serves as a personal services coordinator for groups of semi-retired sisters and works with several committees on administrative affairs. She holds various degrees including an MA from Sacred Heart School of Theology in Franklin, Wisconsin, and a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Sr. Kathleen sees her role as assisting the seeker in becoming more aware of God’s presence in his or her life. As director, she helps to nourish the “God-seed” within the person. Fee: $40, with provisions for financial need.


Sr. Mary Jane Wagner, SSSF
St. Joseph Center
1501 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Sr. Mary Jane is a pastoral musician, holding degrees in music, theology, liturgy, and religious studies, as well as a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Claret Center in Hyde Park, Chicago. She listens for the Spirit speaking in both words and silence, tears and laughter. Her directees have described her as “gentle, but firm.” Her fee is negotiable.

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3501 South Lake Dr.
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Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912


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