spiritual direction

CSJs Open New Center for Spirituality:
Spiritual Directors Available

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have recently created a new Center for Spirituality on the Motherhouse grounds. The new center offers ample space for spiritual direction and other small group meetings.

Spiritual direction is an ancient Christian tradition in which one who is experienced in prayer helps another pay attention to God’s personal communication with him or her, offering suggestions on how to respond to God’s invitation and to deepen and live out this relationship.

Several Sisters of St. Joseph are trained spiritual directors  and open to accompanying individuals on their life journeys with God.  Fees are negotiable.

If you are interested in further exploring spiritual direction, call the CSJ motherhouse at 314-481-8800. Or contact one of the spiritual directors personally.


St. Louis:

Kathleen Eiler


Kathleen Eiler, CSJ  (314-443-1234; Email:  keiler@csjsl.org). Sister Kathleen has been a spiritual director since completing the Internship in Spiritual Directionat Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA in 2008. She also has completed the Bridges Program (19th Annotation Ignatian Retreat).  She desires to journey with you so you see how God is working in your life.  She is a compassionate listener and a lover of nature.



Mary FlickMary Flick, CSJ (314-678-0416; Email: mflick@csjsl.org). Sister Mary has been sharing Ignatian spirituality since making the 19th Annotation Ignatian Retreat (Bridges) in the 1990s. She also has made the 30-Day Spiritual Exercises. She completed the three-year Prayer Companions program after her Bridges retreat. She has a master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Louis University and earned a certificate in spiritual direction at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Her strong Ignatian background guides her as she accompanies others who seek to find God in all relationships and in all of creation, discovering that, in all things, God finds us.


Marianne Keena

Marianne Keena, CSJ (Email: mkeena@csjsl.org). Sister Marianne is a spiritual guide/companion, and retreat facilitator. Marianne has a master’s degree in Theology and certification in spiritual direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction (Redemptorist) in Tuscon, Ariz. in 2002.  Marianne sees all life as sacred and loves stories and story-telling. Marianne has been a teacher, director of religious education, pastoral minister, mission effective leader for Denver Archdiocesan Housing with the elderly poor, and vocation and novice director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. 



Lisa Lazio

Lisa Ann Lazio, CSJ, Ph.D. (314-200-8727; Email: Llazio@csjsl.org.) Sister Lisa has had a variety of retreat and spiritual direction experiences. After completing a master’s degree in spirituality, Lisa became certified in spiritual direction. Interested in sacred art, Lisa is also certified as a mandala facilitator. Her approach to spiritual direction is the meeting of the human spirit and the Holy Spirit.   She has worked with various communities in speaking of their religious experience with one another.




Pat QuinnPatricia Quinn, C.S.J. (Email: pquinn@csjsl.org).  Sister Pat has companioned persons in their “coming into their own” for many years as a pastoral assistant in parish ministry.  In this capacity, she provided days of reflection, times for listening to individuals, and one-to-one spiritual direction. Since 2007, she has served as a member of the Spiritual Care team at Nazareth Living Center, a CSJ-sponsored long-term care facility in St. Louis County.  She has a certificate in spiritual direction from  Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.




Linda StraubLinda Straub, C.S.J. (Email: lstraub@csjsl.org). Sister Linda taught math/science and later theology to junior high and high school students before serving in parish ministry and as vocation/formation director for her community.  She also served as a campus minister and RCIA director at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University for 14 years and is currently on the leadership team for the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Linda has given retreats and been a spiritual director for 18 years.  Her particular interest is in Ignatian spirituality and creation spirituality, some of her favorite mentors are Teilhard de Chardin, Ilia Delio and Thich Nhat Hanh.  Linda is also a student of world religions and has an appreciation of the wisdom of the mystics in all the major religions.


CSJ Spiritual Directors in Other Regions


Judy MillerJudy Miller, CSJ (Email: jmiller@csjsl.org). Sister Judy provides spiritual direction to individuals of all faiths at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, De Pere Wis.,  where she is coordinator of spiritual directors. Her approach to spiritual direction is her belief that each person has the truth within. The role of the director is to empower a person to come to know their own truth. She received her training at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago.  She is involved with initial and ongoing formation of CSJ Associates in Wisconsin. Judy also serves on the board of a homeless shelter in Green Bay and participates in retreats for homeless persons.


Alexandra GulianoAssociate Alexandra Guliano, D. Min, (Email: Aguliano@csjsl.org). Associate Alexandra Guliano currently ministers as Parish Director of St. Therese Parish in Milwaukee, Wis., and as an on-call chaplain for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.  A CSJ Associate since 2005, Alexandra holds a D. Min. and DASD (Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction) from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and graduate certificates in canon law and non-profit management.  She has served as a spiritual director since 2006 and has experience with 12-Step, recovery issues, family of origin, feminist liberation theology, and lay ministry issues.  She also has a strong foundation in CSJ origins and spirituality and Ignatian spirituality.  



Paul Bernadette BounkPaul Bernadette Bounk, CSJ (812-238-1553; email: pbounk@csjsl.org). Sister Paul Bernadette recently served as director of the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in St. Mary of the Woods, Ind., and previously, as associate director of Rockhaven Center for Holistic Living in St. Louis. She approaches spiritual direction as an attentive listener to one’s story, picking up signs and symbols that can influence a person’s spiritual development. She has found that art, music and body movement can be fresh approaches to contacting the divine. Enneagram, Myers-Briggs and Inner Child are tools she is comfortable using to bring clarity to one’s story and search for God within.

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