Facilitators & Speakers Bureau

Neither Jesus nor Saint Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, allowed themselves to be confined by walls. They both went out into their communities to offer what they had.

Likewise, the facilitators and presenters of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality will not be confined by walls. They are happy to bring their expertise, wisdom and compassion to your church, faith community, school faculty and staff, organization or group.

Previous offerings have included, but are not limited to:

  • Parish, school and staff days of reflection, workshops, retreats, team building, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  • Facilitation of groups utilizing contemplative dialogue skills.
  • Assisting others to envision and discern the future of their group, church, faith community or organization.
  • Workshops on personal development and self-care.
  • Various spirituality topics: prayer, living contemplatively, reading the scriptures with heart and mind, seasonal offerings, and many more.

The facilitators and presenters of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality are also happy to meet with you and plan an experience to meet the specific needs of your group or community.

 

Angela Merici Center for Spirituality Facilitator/Speaker’s Bureau

The following speakers offer facilitation and speak to groups outside of AMC:

Barbara Bir, OSU
Spiritual director, retreat director and director of Community Catholic Center with degrees in education and certification in spiritual direction from the Archdiocese of Louisville.  She desires to listen to women and men in a compassionate, non-judgmental setting as they talk about their journey to find God in their lives

Margaret Ann Hagan, OSU - MAT, MTS
Spiritual director, retreat director, facilitator of group dynamics, parish councils, pastoral staffs, days of reflection with master's degrees in teaching and theology.  She has Certification in the Supervision of Homiletics and experience in supervising church ministers, has experience in prayer and personality, Centering Prayer and emphasizes an approach to life and spirituality that is inclusive and regards the unity of body, mind, and spirit through various creative expressions.

Sister Ruth Ann Haunz, OSU
Spiritual director with degrees in theology and spirituality.  She has designed and facilitated retreats, days of reflection, Parish Council planning sessions and has extensive experience in the RCIA process.  Underlying desire is always to nurture relationships with Jesus Christ. 

Sister Rosella McCormick, OSU
Facilitator for retreats, days of reflection and adult education programs with a MA and doctoral studies having attended Notre Dame and Washington Theological Union. She is deeply committed to assisting adults grow in their faith and become the whole persons God calls them to be.

Ginny Schaeffer, MEd, MAS
Spiritual director, retreat director, facilitator and presenter with degrees in nursing, counseling psychology and spirituality.  She is deeply committed to assisting individuals and groups in becoming who God has called them to be utilizing a holistic approach that focuses on connecting soul to role.

Judy Rice, OSU

Sister Judith Rice is a certified Enneagram teacher trained with Helen Palmer and David Daniels. She is a life-long high school teacher and administrator, always fascinated with people and what makes them tick.  The Enneagram is one of the world’s oldest models for understanding how people relate to each other and to the Divine.  The workshop includes PowerPoint, personal examples, clips of movies illustrating different types and lots of humor at how predictable our reactions can be. Discover your type and start your journey to being your healed type.

Sue Scharfenberger, OSU
Facilitator for religious congregations and other groups assisting with the process for assemblies, chapters, etc. and with team building in leadership teams, as well as retreats and days of reflection.  Bilingual (Spanish/English), serving in Latin America for more than 30 years.  She has worked with religious communities both in the U.S. and in various parts of Latin America and the Carribean.  Holds degrees in theology and certificates in counseling and spiritual accompaniment.  Eco-feminist in approach.

 

 

Angela Merici Center for Spirituality Program Facilitators

The following speakers facilitate programs at AMC:

Barbara Bir, OSU 
Spiritual director, retreat director and director of Community Catholic Center with degrees in education and certification in spiritual direction from the Archdiocese of Louisville. She desires to listen to women and men in a compassionate, non-judgmental setting as they talk about their journey to find God in their lives.

Martha Buser, OSU 
Spiritual director for over twenty years and the author of Also in Your Midst: Reflections on the Spirituality of St. Angela Merici. She has directed retreats and facilitated workshops, days of reflection and prayer opportunities both nationally and internationally. Presently she listens to people as they share their stories of their lives in her home.

Margaret Ann Hagan, OSU - MAT, MTS 
Spiritual director, retreat director, facilitator of group dynamics, parish councils, pastoral staffs, days of reflection with master's degrees in teaching and theology. She has a Certification in the Supervision of Homiletics and experience in supervising church ministers, has experience in prayer and personality, Centering Prayer and emphasizes an approach to life and spirituality that is inclusive and regards the unity of body, mind, and spirit through various creative expressions.

Colette Kraemer, OSU 
Spiritual director with a BA from Ursuline College, an MA in English from Duquesne University and Masters in Spirituality and Ministry from St. Michael College in Vermont. She has been an educator, an administrator, a mission promotion director and is a certified spiritual director, receiving her training through the Sursum Corda Program in Charleston, SC.

Karen D. Kuenzig, MME (Master's in Music Education K-12) 
Focus in vocal, keyboard and instrumental. Experienced spiritual director, with years of experience as a liturgist/music director, artist, teacher, retreat director and over 12 yrs. experience in religious life in the Roman Catholic tradition. She is open-minded, deeply spiritual and a fun-loving woman who loves to journey with individuals and groups about their relationship to God and their multi-faceted lives.

Sister Rosella McCormick, OSU 
Facilitator for retreats, days of reflection and adult education programs with a MA and doctoral studies having attended Notre Dame and Washington Theological Union. She is deeply committed to assisting adults grow in their faith and become the whole persons God calls them to be.

Helen O’Brien, OSU 
Spiritual director, retreat director who participated in the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago and trained with the Kentucky Center for Psychosynthesis. She was an intern for retreat ministry at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, OH, in the fall of 1988. Helen continues to delight in accompanying people as they attend to their aspirations for God.

Ginny Schaeffer, MEd, MAS 
Spiritual director, retreat director, facilitator and presenter who has degrees in nursing, counseling psychology and spirituality. She is deeply committed to assisting individuals and groups in becoming who God has called them to be utilizing a holistic approach that focuses on connecting soul to role. She is currently the director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality.

Beverly Weinhold, DMin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Abuse prevention specialist, ordained pastor and licensed psychotherapist, Beverly provides Boundary Training workshops for clergy and raises awareness about abuse by offering workshops in churches. She has been an advocate for women since the 1980's when she pioneered a ministry to empower lay women in the church in Boston, MA. Dr. Weinhold is an adjuct professor teaching "Pastoral Care in Abusive Systems at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and "Healthy Boundaries" at Fuller Seminary in CA. She has a private practice in Louisville where she specializes in helping adult survivors of sexual abuse.


 

Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, MRE  
Facilitator with a Masters of Religious Education from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Formerly a high school teacher of religious studies, scripture and sociology, pastoral associate, RCIA and Renew coordinator of adult education classes, served on the Ursuline Sisters leadership team and most recently as past president of the Ursuline Sisters. Presently ministers at Shively Area Ministries as mission advancement director. She enjoys helping scripture come alive and integrated into our daily life.