"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 dailyness 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, (marie@mountosb.org) serves on the staff of Sophia Center as a spiritual director and as the director of the Retreat in Daily Life program. She received her spiritual direction certificate from Red Plains Spirituality Center and has prepared and supervised new directors. Her training in spiritual direction follows the Ignatian model.

Sheila Carroll, OSB, (carrolls1928@gmail.com) serves on the staff of Sophia Center, offering retreats on the mystics and spiritual direction. She holds master's degrees in administration and in psychology as well as a doctor of ministry specializing in spirituality. Her training and supervision in spiritual direction follows the Ignatian model. 

Evelyn Gregory, OSB, (evelyngregory@mountosb.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. 

Bernelda Nanneman, OSB, (srbernie@hotmail.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, (micaela@mountosb.org) serves as the director of the Souljourner's program for training spiritual directors. She received a master's degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University with certification as a spiritual director. 

Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB (maryliz@mountosb.org) serves on the staff of Sophia Center and works 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, (lindaz@mountosb.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, (mziska@mountosb.org) 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 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,
Patient endurance
Attains to all things,
Whoever possesses GOD
Is wanting in nothing
GOD Alone Suffices.

S. Marie Ballmann

Sister Marie Ballmann, OSB

S. Sheila Carroll

Sister Sheila Carroll, OSB

S. Evelyn Gregory

Sister Evelyn Gregory , OSB

S. Bernelda Nanneman

Sister Bernelda Nanneman, OSB

S. Micaela Randolph

Sister Micaela Randolph, OSB

S. Mary Elizabeth Schweiger

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB

S. Marcia Ziska

Sister Marcia Ziska, OSB

S. Linda Zahner

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB