"Listen with the ear of your heart." Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue
What is Spiritual Direction?
A time when you can meet with another who has been schooled in the art of "listening with the ear of the heart."
A time for you to share the way you experience God in the dailiness of your life: the dreams, the hopes, the fears, the concerns, the challenges life offers.
A time when you can be certain that you will be welcomed, listened to, encouraged and supported.
A time when you can be certain that all is confidential, respected and treated with the spirit of love and understanding.
Times and sessions are arranged in consultation with a director.
To arrange an appointment, call 913-360-6173.
Meet Our Directors
All our directors are Benedictine sisters and members of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas.
Marie Ballmann, OSB, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center. S. Marie received her spiritual direction certificate through Red Plains Spirituality Center. Her training and supervision in spiritual direction follows the Ignatian model. She has also served as a parish pastoral associate.
Sheila Carroll, OSB, (email@example.com) is an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center. S. Sheila has an M.A. in psychology D. Min. spirituality. Her training and supervision in spiritual direction follows the Ignatian model.
Evelyn Gregory, OSB, (firstname.lastname@example.org) former director of initial formation, studied theology at Aquinas Institute and earned a master's degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University with certification as a spiritual director. She resides at Mount St. Scholastica, is an oblate director and ministers in the Souljourners program.
Susan Holmes, OSB (email@example.com) is the associate director of Sophia Center. S. Susan has an M.A. in pastoral theology from the University of Dayton, a certificate in spiritual direction from Souljourners, and is a certified chaplain in the National Association of Catholc Chaplains and served as a hospice chaplain.
Rita Killackey, OSB (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center. S. Rita is a certified spiritual director through the Souljourners program, has served as a parish pastoral associate, canon lawyer and oblate director.
Bernelda Nanneman, OSB (email@example.com) holds a master's degree in spirituality and a certificate in spiritual direction from Creighton University. With clinical pastoral certification from Methodist Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., she has served as a health care chaplain and is currently a hospice chaplain for the Atchison area.
Micaela Randolph, OSB, (firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as co-director of the Souljourner's program for the training of spiritual directors. She received a master's degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University with certification as a spiritual director.
Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB (email@example.com) serves on the staff of Sophia Center and is co-director in the Souljourner's program. She holds a master's degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University with certification in spiritual direction.
Linda Zahner, OSB, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a spiritual director with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program. She is also a certified, licensed massage therapist.
Marcia Ziska, OSB, (email@example.com) serves as associate director of Sophia Center. She has served in vocation ministry and in pastoral care. Her clinical pastoral certification is from Bethany Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas and she earned a master's degree and a certificate in spiritual direction from Creighton University. She holds a certificate in spiritual gerontology from the Johnson Institute.
Nada Te Turbe
By Teresa of Avila (1515-82)
Let nothing disturb you
Nothing affright you,
All things are passing,
God never changes,
Attains to all things,
Whoever possesses GOD
Is wanting in nothing
GOD Alone Suffices.