Spiritual Directors

Sister Barbara Bir, OSU, My ministry of spiritual direction began in 1999 when in training under the direction of Fr. Jim Keegan, SJ and other fine spiritual directors in the Archdiocese of Louisville. I have companioned people of varied faiths individually in private direction and in eight day private retreats at Kordes Retreat Center in Ferdinand, IN and at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, OH. In addition I have served on teams who have given retreats to homeless women and with women who have survived sexual and/or domestic violence.  My ministry also includes giving days of prayer through the Angela Merici Center and other places. 

Sister Martha Buser, OSU, has been a spiritual director for over twenty years. She is the author of, Also in Your Midst: Reflections on the Spirituality of St. Angela Merici and has directed retreats around the country and internationally. Presently she listens to people as they share their stories of their lives in her home.

Sister Rita Dressman, OSU, received her spiritual direction training at Mount Saint Joseph in Owensboro, KY.  She has been involved in education as a teacher, in parish ministry and ministries for the Ursuline Sisters.  She is grateful for the blessing of companioning others on their spiritual journey

Sister Clara Fehringer, OSU, has served as a spiritual director for many years and is currently serving as Parish Life Director at Saint Paul Parish in Lexington, Kentucky.  She received a Masters Degree at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, in Formative Spirituality. She has also served as a Campus Minister and as Director of Liturgy and Justice & Peace for the Diocese of Lexington, KY.

Sister Ruth Ann Haunz, OSU, has been a spiritual director for over 30 years.  She did her training at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, Ohio, and with the Archdiocese of Louisville.  She has been a teacher and worked in various spiritual and pastoral ministries.  She welcomes walking with others on their spiritual journey. 

Sister Colette Kraemer, OSU, has 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.

Reverend Bob Ray was ordained 1969 as a priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville.  He served on staff at St. Meinrad School of Theology, 1977-1987 as a spiritual director for Theology students.  His formal training in spiritual direction was with Paul Robb, S.J., at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago, IL, 1982-83.  Father Bob also took additional training through the Spiritual Direction Institute of the Archdiocese of Louisville, 1992-94. Presently he offers spiritual direction as a contract staff member of St. Luke Center, Louisville, Ky.   

Ginny Schaeffer believes she has one of the best jobs in the world as a spiritual director because she is able to witness God’s movement in people’s lives every day.  As she listens to others, Ginny’s intention is to enable them to "take a long, loving look at what is real" in their lives so that they might catch a glimpse of the REAL for themselves.  Ginny was trained through the Spiritual Direction Practicum offered through the Archdiocese of Louisville and was invited to return as a trainer.  She is currently the director of The Angela Merici Center for Spirituality.

Reverend Glenn Williams is the executive director of the St. Matthews Pastoral Counseling Center and is a licensed pastoral counselor in the state of Kentucky. When asked to describe his role as a spiritual director Glenn offered this: God who has spoken is not silent and still speaks within our noisy world.  Spiritual direction is discerning the one true voice among the many.