Spiritual Direction

Guidance for Deep Listening

Spiritual Direction is conversation with a spiritual companion. A Spiritual Director is not a therapist, but a person who listens and may be able to offer observations about your relationship with God, understanding of God, or how the Holy Spirit may be working in your life. St. Ignatius of Loyola understood the role of a spiritual director as one who helps another grow in relationship with God by listening, offering, and then getting out of the way. Ignatius House honors this commitment.

 

While On Retreat

During a retreat, you may have the option to meet privately with a Spiritual Director. If on a silent retreat, this is a permitted time to speak with someone about the burning questions on your mind or stirrings of your soul.

Your retreat director will offer instruction about how to sign up. Meeting rooms can be found in the main corridor of the Retreat House across from the Library.

 

Apart from Retreat

Schedule time outside of retreat for regular conversation. Meetings may occur at Ignatius House or at another location that is convenient for you both. There typically is a cost to support the time of your Spiritual Director. Please consult the individual director on what might be an appropriate fee.

 

Let us help you select the right individual for your goals.

Contact Sarah Otto for assistance or call 404.255.0503.

Spiritual Directors

Executive Director

Maria G. Cressler is Executive Director of Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center and has served in this role since September 2009. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University and a Master of Theological Studies and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Her heart for Ignatian Spirituality has broadened the ministries…

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Retreat Director

Fr. Peter Fink, SJ is a retreat director and spiritual advisor at Ignatius House, having arrived in August 2016. A Jesuit from the New York Province, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1969 and has presided in both the Latin and Maronite churches. Peter came from St. Francis Xavier Church in New York, where he…

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Associate Director

Fr. Joseph Lingan, SJ was raised in Alexandria, Va., attended Gonzaga College High School and Virginia Tech, earning a degree in Public Administration. Following his graduation, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1979 and pronounced his first vows in 1981. He continued his studies at Creighton University, St. Louis University, Weston School of Theology,…

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Retreat Director, Marketing

Andy Otto is on the Pastoral Team at Ignatius House and also works in Adult Faith Formation at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur, GA, a Jesuit parish. He holds an M.A. in Theology and Ministry from Boston College. Originally from Boston, Andy spent nearly three years as a Jesuit studying for the priesthood,…

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Retreat and Program Director

Sarah Otto serves on the Pastoral Team at Ignatius House. She studied theology as both an undergrad and graduate student, receiving her Master of Divinity from Boston College. Her passion has focused on the intersection of faith and justice, which led her to study in El Salvador. Sarah spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer…

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Group Sales Manager, Spiritual Director

Kay Satterfield serves on the Pastoral Team and is also the Group Sales Manager at Ignatius House. She holds a Masters in Pastoral Care from Fordham University and a Certification in Spiritual Direction from the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse, NY. For several years, Kay worked as part of the pastoral ministry staff at Immaculate…

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Affiliated Directors

Susan Arcaro, RC
Cathy Crosby
Mark Dannenfelser
Bob Fitzgerald

Retreat Director, Spiritual Director

Marian Monahan
John Monroe
Frank Mulcahy
Rev. Steven Yander
Barbara Young, RC

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