RSCJ who provide spiritual accompaniment
Nearly two dozen Religious of the Sacred Heart in the United States-Canada Province are involved in spiritual accompaniment ministries. Many more are in pastoral ministries. We'd like to introduce you to a few:
Lisa Buscher, RSCJ is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a background in spiritual direction, campus ministry and vocation ministry. She has also taught in several Sacred Heart schools. Before entering the Society of the Sacred Heart, she worked in full-time lay parish ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix as a pastoral minister. Sister Lisa coordinated and directed ministries with youth, liturgy, music and Christian initiation. Sister Lisa is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. and holds an MA and MDiv. in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. She currently ministers in Washington, DC, as assistant director of Contemplative Leaders in Action and Hispanic Ministries for The Jesuit Collaborative.
Anne Wente, RSCJ is a spiritual director, a pastoral counselor and a retreat leader who currently serves at the Spiritual Ministry Center, operated by the Society of the Sacred Heart in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California. She holds a master of divinity and a doctor of ministry in Pastoral Psychotherapy degrees as well as training and staff work as a spiritual director in Ignatian spirituality.
Gail O’Donnell, RSCJ has been involved in spiritual direction and retreat work, including the 30-day retreat experience, since 1980. She was trained in Jesuit spirituality but meets people where they are on their search for God. Gail has provided spiritual formation for the Professed of Temporary Vows in the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States for 18 years and has served on the international formation team in Rome. Gail also served on the novitiate team for the Jesuits of the Detroit-Chicago Province for three years.
Kathleen McGrath, RSCJ, has extensive experience companioning others in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in both English and Spanish. She received ten years of spiritual formation as a laywoman prior to entering religious life - including a Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit, a certificate from a two-year ecumenical spiritual direction program in Rhode Island, clinical pastoral education and hospice training. She has a background in business and worked for 15 years in homeless services. She is currently involved in formation to mission in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.
Marie-Louise (Bunny) Flick, RSCJ is a member of the spiritual direction team at the Spiritual Ministry Center in San Diego run by the Society of the Sacred Heart. She has been formed in Ignatian Spirituality through her training at the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She taught for many years in the Spiritual Direction Master’s Training Programs at the University of San Francisco and the Center for Spiritual Direction at Creighton University, Omaha, NB.
Jane O’Shaughnessy, RSCJ: Jane’s story is grounded in Celtic roots and spirituality, enhanced by a love and experience of Asian spirituality - all meeting in One Sacred Heart. She is a mother, grandmother and now an RSCJ. Her training and ministry includes the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Ignatian and Sacred Heart retreats and spiritual direction. When accompanying someone she is most often aware that it is the Holy Spirit who has brought them together, and so she tries to remain attentive to the song and the movement in the sacred sharing of the story. Jane is the director of Busy Person’s Retreats in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and pastoral associate at St. John the Evangelist in Pocasset, Ma.