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Spiritual Direction / Companioning

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598e5207e0d58Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst.
Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst.

"Together we can reveal something of God that none of us is able to reveal on our own."  Henri Nouwen


Spiritual Companioning

The Art and Practice of Spiritual Companioning…

encourages a closer relationship with God through the exploration of your life experience and personal spirituality. A Spiritual Director journeys with you—listening, guiding, and challenging you to grow in attentive awareness of the Divine Presence in your every day.

Spiritual direction is about being present to each other.  A companion/director gives the reigns of control over to the directee and there is work being done with God that can be witnessed, discussed and above all, tended to.  Spiritual Direction is a work in progress that gives encouragement, and that can be with or without words.  Prayer, transition, the how to of living and faith are all welcome during a session.

St. Francis Xavier Parish is blessed with the ministry of the trained and experienced lay Spiritual Directors who are introduced here. You are invited to meet with a Spiritual Director of your choice in confidential, one-on-one sessions. To make arrangements to meet with a particular Spiritual Director, contact information has been provided in the following introductions.

An offering of $50.00 per session is suggested. A sliding scale is available.

Meet our Spiritual Directors

Barbara Boyd
Contact: 708-354-7309   or   email Barbara Boyd HERE

Barbara Boyd is married to Benjamin and they have four children.  A retired educator, she now spends her days enjoying grandchildren, caring for aging parents, golfing, reading and volunteering.  Over the years, Barbara has been involved in Marriage Encounter, The Charismatic Renewal, CCD, RCIA and Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) as a participant and as a spiritual director.  She received her training for spiritual direction from the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation.  Barbara says, “I have a deep love of scripture and cannot describe spiritual companioning any better than the verses  which say ‘ better two than one by herself…and a threefold cord is not easily broken.’  I have been companioned by so many people on my faith journey with the Lord and I desire to do the same for others.”

Marge Branecki
Contact: 708-352-3934   or  email Marge Branecki HERE

Marge Branecki has been an SFX parishioner since 1971 and is involved in numerous parish ministries.  She and her late husband have four children and nine grandchildren.  Marge graduated from the Archdiocesan Lay Ministry program in 1998 and the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation in 2007.  Over the years she has participated in many retreats and workshops on topics such as Prayer, Enneagram, Meditation, Reiki training, Marriage Encounter, Cursillo, Personal Mission Statement, and more.  “Although I have countless favorite bible passages, my very favorite is Psalm 139, which I believe shows the depth of God’s intimate love for us.  My favorite book is Paula D’Arcy’s Gift of the Red Bird-The Story of a Divine Encounter.  Through spiritual companioning, I look forward to hearing about other people’s divine encounters as they come to recognize and respond to the voice of God in their lives.”

Nellie Pearson
 708-352-3567   or   email Nellie Pearson HERE
Nellie has a Masters degree in Education and has been a college instructor and special education teacher for many years.  She received her training in spiritual direction at the Claret Center in Chicago and is enrolled in coursework at Catholic Theological Union.  She is married to Brian Pearson and has four sons and two daughters.  “Spiritual companioning is the presence of a caring individual being there to help others see how God is at work in their lives.  As we know, even ordinary life can get busy and, at times, complicated.  In the midst of that, we can lose track of God’s presence in our lives.  A spiritual companion journeys with us as we follow our path.  I sincerely hope to be one who can be there for others as they seek the sacred in their lives.”

Spiritual Direction is also being offered by Sr. Celeste Cotter, CSJ
at St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 Prairie Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513

Sr. Celeste Cotter, CSJ
Contact: 708-310-1292   or  email Sr.Celeste Cotter HERE

Sr. Celeste Cotter, CSJ belongs to the Congregation of St. Joseph.  She has a certificate in spiritual direction from Creighton University and has assisted people in their faith journeys in parish and diocesan life, prison ministry, and discernment of religious life.  See brochure.