Through the ministry of spiritual direction, I feel I can make a difference in people’s lives. I feel that the Holy Spirit works through us to help each other on the spiritual path. We can encounter God’s presence not only in the Eucharist, and in our deepest spiritual reflection, but in the beauty of our connectedness as humans. Through the ministry of spiritual direction, I hope to help others discover the divine within…to be the second listener reflecting back God’s presence in their lives.
Mary Beth Marquard, HM
I use a wholistic approach to spiritual direction. I believe in the mind, body, spirit connection. With my pastoral ministry experience and my master’s degree in counseling from John Carroll university, I feel I can help facilitate a balance in others as they journey toward wholeness and holiness. If you would like to meet please call me at 440-503-0005.
My spiritual practice has included meditation, prayer, readings, retreats, and the creation of personal rituals for healing and growth. These practices have saved my life, becoming as important to sustaining me as food and water. While other mundane realities of my life have faded from memory, the richness of the experiences I have had in my prayer life, and the transformative events that have taken place at the heart of my ritual and retreat practices, live on in me as powerful and empowering realities. One evening, an attendee at Centering Space prayer said to me, “Prayer is the most powerful tool we have.” I feel that my life is witness to that truth, and find tremendous joy in sharing that reality with others through my work at Centering Space and in my daily life with everyone I encounter.
Rev. Delmarshae Sledge
Spiritual direction developed for mein the context of an historic monastery as a member of an intentional community with a ministry of prayer, racial reconciliation, healing, and spiritual development. Learning the value of having a personal rule of life and a personal rhythm of spiritual practices was a priceless gift.
We all have seasons when spiritual reading, meditation, journaling, and practicing silence are acts ofease and joy. In those times, a spiritual companion will listen with us as we discern how to live faithfully into each new revelation.
There are also seasons of debilitating dryness. Still, God is always near. These are times when we need someone to watch and wait and listen with us, until we can see and hear and feel God’s presence with us.
For me, companioning persons on the journey of spiritual awakening, formation, and transformation is a privilege.
Carol Kandiko, CSA
Learning to live in the loving presence of God is my current gift and challenge as well as accepting the rollercoaster ride of aging with graciousness and humor. I am still and always growing in wonder and delight at life’s idiosyncrasies. I love sharing spiritual insights with others, planning prayer experiences, and keeping the facility of Centering Space open and welcoming.
Cheryl Keehner, CSA
My approach as a spiritual director is best described as “journeying with another” who wants to find, recognize, and appreciate the ways in which God is present to them in life. I have come know through prayer and sharing with others that I wouldn’t be who I am (as a daughter, sibling, CSA Sister, teacher, pastoral minister) without connection with the Love on whom my life depends. I have honed my skills at CWRU’s Metz Institute and in a Spiritual Direction group at St. Mary’s Seminary.
Through the years in community and in a variety of ministry settings, I have been active as a director on retreats to teenagers, college students, and adults. I continue to meet with individuals as a confidant, a listener and a companion on an “as needed” basis. I find these connections touching and very inspiring. I have come to see those who seek me out, as gifts of God’s Spirit. We enrich each other’s lives.
Marian Durkin, CSA
Marian Durkin is a Sister of Charity of Saint Augustine. She has been a Spiritual Director since 2005 when she was certified in the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. Presently, she is on the leadership team of her congregation. “Being a spiritual director is a blessing in my life. To listen contemplatively to another’s journey is a privilege and an honor. “