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 any of these individuals for a spiritual conversation. 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. Participation is optional and included in the cost of your retreat. Your retreat director will offer instruction about how to sign up and where to meet.

 

Executive Director

Maria G. Cressler, MTS, is the 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...…

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Retreat Director

Rev. Peter E. 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,...…

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Retreat Director

Rev. Bill Noe, SJ, the youngest of eight brothers, is a native of Racine, Wis. Before entering the Society of Jesus in 2003, Fr. Bill lived in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for several years, where he worked as an electrical engineer. Fr. Bill has enjoyed long associations with St. Anselm’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery,...…

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Retreat Director, Digital Program Manager

Andy Otto, MA, is a member of the Pastoral department at Ignatius House where he guides digital programming and leads retreats. He 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...…

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Retreat and Program Director

Sarah Otto, M.Div., 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...…

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Group Sales Manager, Spiritual Director

Kay Satterfield, MA, 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...…

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Apart from Retreat

Schedule time outside of retreat for monthly spiritual direction with any of these directors from our affiliated network. Meetings may occur at Ignatius House or at another location that is convenient for you. All Spiritual Directors are trained in Ignatian Spirituality and may hold certification or licensure in additional fields such as law, behavioral health, mindfulness, or social work among others.

There typically is a cost to support the time of your Spiritual Director. Please consult the individual about what might be appropriate. Some may suggest a voluntary offering of $20-100 per session to Ignatius House, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, or another charity. Others may request a fee paid directly to them. No one is ever turned away due to lack of funds.

 

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

For assistance selecting the best director for your goals, contact Sarah Otto or call 404.255.0503.

Margaret (Meg) Albertini is new to Georgia having recently moved from Long Island, N.Y. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her personal spiritual journey has led her on many wonderful and life changing adventures throughout the years. She was awarded a Master of Theological Studies from Augustine Institute, a Bachelor of Arts in Family...…

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Sister Susan Arcaro, r.c. shares the Mission of the Cenacle Sisters with adults at Ignatius House and in parishes of the Archdiocese of Atlanta as a spiritual director, retreat director, educator and facilitator of faith enrichment programs. She serves as an adjunct lecturer in Spring Hill College’s Certificate in Spiritual Direction program, a two-year program for women...…

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Jennifer Batka is finishing a two-year spiritual director training program in May 2020 and upon completion she will receive her spiritual direction certificate. She felt God’s leading to enter the spiritual direction ministry a few years ago and since then Jennifer has been  on a journey of walking more closely with Jesus, growing in her self-awareness, and...…

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Michele Berrell is a theology teacher at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Ga. and has been at there since 2002. She teaches the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Michle received a B.S. in Education from Georgia State University, and a Masters of Theological Studies and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring...…

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Ashley Buffington is a Certified Spiritual Director (Zeitgeist Atlanta) and a licensed therapist, specializing in anxiety, trauma, and addiction. In 2009, she received her Master of Science in community counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. One day in class in 2008, Ashley had an encounter with God that changed the trajectory of her faith,...…

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Catherine Crosby is a spiritual director/companion, retreat leader, and registered yoga instructor with a lifelong interest in body, mind, and soul connection, bringing all of our God-given selves into whole and holy integration. After almost 30 years in Atlanta, Cathy moved to Greensboro, GA, where she continues to offer spiritual direction, teach yoga, and serve...…

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Bob Fitzgerald served as executive director of Ignatius House from 2002-09, following a distinguished career in corporate law. His stewardship of the Atlanta Jesuit Community and Catholic causes has included establishment of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, the expansion of Mercy Care in Atlanta, and more.…

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Suzie Hawkins is a wife and mother of four. She holds a B.Ed. and a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia. Additionally, she has a Masters degree in Christian Spirituality and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Loyola University Chicago. Suzie attends St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville where she meets with directees both in-person...…

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Kathy Hoffman began her vocation as a high school teacher, and after taking a 20-year break from classroom teaching to raise three sons, she sensed a call to return to the profession she loves. In the time away, her passion for teaching and her love of the scriptures found expression in ministry as a lector...…

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Rizza Bella Hohenstern has a Certificate of Spiritual Direction and Masters of Pastoral Studies from Spring Hill College. Her family immigrated to Milledgeville, GA where she grew up in a traditional Filipino home. A “cradle Catholic,” she first encountered spiritual direction through her own discernment journey in her mid-20s. Because of spiritual direction, Rizza Bella’s...…

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Maureen and her husband, Bob, have 6 adult children and 12 beautiful grandchildren. As a stay-at-home mom raising her young children, Maureen embraced the spirituality of “the little way,” recognizing the holy in the “ordinary”. In 1998 she returned to school, receiving a Masters in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College in 2001 and a...…

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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...…

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Carl McColman is a contemplative writer, retreat director, and spiritual teacher. His books include The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, Befriending Silence, and Unteachable Lessons. He blogs about the spiritual life at carlmccolman.com and co-hosts the Encountering Silence podcast. Carl and his wife Fran co-direct the RCIA program at St. Thomas More Church in Decatur. Carl is a life-professed Lay Cistercian...…

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Marian Monahan is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and religious educator. She holds a certificate in pastoral studies from Loyola University, New Orleans (LIMEX) and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Ruah program (2002). She earned her B.A. in religious studies and has been trained as a professional life coach through CTI, Coaches Training...…

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John has over 35 years of experience in finance, treasury management, and accounting, working for a variety of companies and industries. He and his wife own and operate Rosa Mystica Medals, an online store that sells replicas of antique Catholic medals. In addition John is a spiritual director and a retreat director for Our Lady...…

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Frank Mulcahy has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and a Masters in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala. Much of his spiritual formation has been in the Ignatian tradition but he is also very familiar with Cistercian / Benedictine spirituality. Frank provides spiritual direction to a number of individuals and has given 5-...…

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Pam Muller is trained in spiritual direction through the Haden Institute and is a dream expert. She has studied and practiced dream work for the past fifteen years. When held within the safe container of spiritual direction, dream interpretation becomes an outlet for God to move you to new levels of understanding. In her private...…

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Lisa Persons graduated from Candler School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 1996 and then worked as a hospice chaplain and with the mentally ill in downtown Atlanta. An associate of Green Bough House of Prayer since 1996, she delights in companioning others as they seek to deepen their experience of the Holy...…

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John and his wife Alice-Marie moved to Decatur from Virginia in 2019. He trained as a spiritual director in a two-year program called Ruah at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical monastery in Richmond, Va. He was a member of the faculty for the following six years, leading retreats on discernment, spiritual growth, and handling shame. John’s...…

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Alison Umminger Mattison is a writer, professor, wife, mom, and ecumenical Catholic whose mid-life spiritual crisis led to her vocation as a spiritual director. She loves the arts, and works individually and in retreats to bring imaginative meditation, collage, photography, and other artistic media into the faith lives of her directees. God’s creative energy, shared...…

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Nancy O’Neill has been active in spiritual companionship since 1981. She received her Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1991, and trained as a hospital chaplain as an intern and later as a resident in Atlanta’s Tri-Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Program from 1992 to 1993. Nancy is currently in charge of...…

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