Mary Maio is a practicing Roman Catholic, having converted from Protestantism. She enjoys the ministries of RCIA, Tribunal Advocate for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and St. Vincent de Paul secondary caseworker. Mary looks forward to her new opportunity to collaborate with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which offers overnight retreats to women recovering from addiction. She holds a masters in pastoral studies and a certificate in spiritual direction from Spring Hill College.

Mary enjoys exploring the wisdom of Ignatian prayer and discernment which forms the foundation of her spirituality. She recently received training from the Office of Ignatian Spirituality in the accompaniment of individuals in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (19th Annotation) and is currently involved in individual and group spiritual direction. She actively participates in learning opportunities offered by Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and creates and participates in groups (via Zoom during pandemic) following Diane Millis’ format, Narrative Circles, a form of storytelling or-re-creating your story.

She stronglys support the mission of Ignatius House where she regularly attends retreats. The Mojave Desert has offered, and she hopes will continue to offer, post-pandemic opportunities to retreat into the silence and beauty of nature.