PEOPLE OF MANRESA
& Ministerial Staff, Support
is a priest of the Archdiocese of
Detroit who serves as an adjunct member of the Manresa Retreat
Team. He attended U. of D. Jesuit High School, Sacred Heart
Major Seminary in Detroit, and St. John Provincial Seminary
in Plymouth. He was ordained a priest in 1968, and holds
a BA from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, an MA from University
of Detroit, and a MDiv from St. John Provincial Seminary.
Fr. Babcock served as Pastor of St. Eugene Parish, Detroit,
St. Mary Parish, Royal Oak, St. Andrew Parish, Rochester,
and St. Mary Parish, Monroe. He currently serves as Chaplain
for the Felician Sisters of Livonia, Michigan and a part-time
member of the Clergy Life and Ministry Office for the Archdiocese.
He also assists as a part-time Judge of the Metropolitan
Tribunal for the Archdiocese.
Budesky, IHM was graduated from Mundelein College with
a Master's Degree in Religious Studies and Spirituality. Kathie
has served in secondary schools both in religious studies
departments and administration, most recently at Marian High
School. She is currently a presenter and facilitator at Visitation
North Spirituality Center in Bloomfield Hills, of which
she is also the director.
Norm Dickson, SJ , a Jesuit priest of the Chicago-Detroit
Province, a former teacher and president of Walsh Jesuit High
School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, pastor of Gesu Church in Detroit,
Michigan and missionary in the Sudan and Kenya, is presently
working with the diocese of Gaylord at Saint Mary of the Woods
Church in Kalkaska, Michigan.
Linda Fischer, ASC, is a member of the Adorers
of the Blood of Christ, in which she made her final profession
in 1994. She worked for 15 years as a fourth-grade teacher
at an inner-city Catholic school in Lancaster, PA. And while
happy there she wanted to do something in the field of alcoholism
and recovery, particular giving to others by going into retreat
work. Overcoming great fear of public speaking she gave her
first 12-step retreat in November 2005. By 2007 she had led
25 retreats and booked 22 more for 2008. "Being an Adorer,
and reaching out to people who are really hurting or who have
lost everything because of their addiction and letting them
know that God loves them, that there is hope for them and
that they are good enough, that God does walk with them on
their own journey no matter how difficult it isfor me,
that's what it's all about."
Benjamin Hawley, SJ
, a Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuit,
originally from Brookline, MA, has a BA in British literature
from Tufts and an MA in regional planning from Cornell.
He had taught at the University of Detroit Mercy and worked
with homeless teens in both Chicago and Portland, Oregon.
An accomplished singer, he has performed lead roles in some
of Gilbert & Sullivan's operettas. Ben was ordained
in 2000 and in August of that year became president of Brebeuf
Jesuit Prep in Indianapolis. After being stationed at Loyola
Academy in Wilmette, IL, Ben is now the pastor of St. Mary
Student Church in Ann Arbor and Director of Campus Ministry
for the University of Michigan.
Si Hendry, SJ teaches religious studies and philosophy,
directs the Catholic Studies Program, and is the superior
of the Jesuit Community at the University of Detroit Mercy.
At Loyola University New Orleans he directed the university's
office of Mission and Identity. He holds a doctorate in Christian
Spirituality and has lead faculty, administrators, and staff
through Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises at both universities.
He has also worked with the Jesuit Volunteers Corps for almost
3 decades, directing a regional office, presenting workshops
and retreats, and serving on their board of directors. He
has a special interest in the connections between spirituality
and social justice and in the societal dimensions of religious
Mary Ann Flanagan, IHM, PhD is a theological educator
and retreat presenter now living in the Rochester Hills, MI
area. She is a consultative member of the Visitation
North Spirituality Center in Bloomfield Hills, and is
responsible for their wonderful website www.visitationnorth.org.
Her interests are varied and creative; prayerful presentations
are her joy to provide.
Hill, RSM: received her Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological
Seminary in Spirituality. She has an MA in Theology from the
University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. Sr. Hill received
her training in the Enneagram from the Institute of Spiritual
Leadership in Chicago. She was a teacher for most of her professional
career at the secondary level where she taught Religious Studies.
Presently, she serves as a Campus Minister at the University
of Detroit Mercy and does Vocation ministry part-time. She
offers individual and group Spiritual Direction, and is Companioning
a Class through the Grand Rapids Dominicans Program and giving
classes in Dream work.
Denis Naeger spent 26 years as
a counselor at U of D Jesuit High School in Detroit, and over
the same period, he was Family Minister and Marriage Prep
Coordinator at Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Orchard Lake.
He received his Master's Degree in Counseling from St. Louis
University, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and currently
has his own private practice in West Bloomfield. Denis and
his wife have four adult sons.
Thomas Ryan, SJ, has been a teacher of theology and
Scripture and a campus minister and counselor in Jesuit
High Schools and at Regis University in Denver, and after
a year and a half giving retreats at Manresa, has moved
on to the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Ohio. E-mail
Jim Serrick, SJ, former Director of Manresa Jesuit
Retreat House for 14 years, is now associate pastor of Gesu
Church, Detroit, but he graces from time to time his old haunts
to help us with retreats.
Tim Shepard, SJ, a former director of Jesuit novices
of the Detroit and Chicago Provinces, has a Master of Divinity
from Loyola University and a Master of Sacred Theology/Spirituality
from the Jesuit School of Theology. He is currently involved
in spiritual ministry at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston,
Shoots is a Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor
with more than 20 years experience in the drug and alcohol
addiction field. He has been assisting people who love people
with addiction problems in many types of clinical settings.
He has worked as a therapist in rehabilitation centers for
over 20 years and now works as an out-patient therapist in
a private practice. He has a firm understanding of the hold
that addictions can have on a person because he is a recovering
person himself for over 25 years. Along with his vast experience
in the addiction field, his passion is to help others who
have addictions the same way he was helped 25 years ago. Joe
has a Master's Degree in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology.
Sr. Sally Smolen, RSM, and other
Sisters of Mercy were invited by the Detroit Mercy Leadership
Team in the fall of 2002 to establish an intentional inter-regional
Mercy residence and ministry site. Sally and four othersthe
"founding five"moved into their new home in
November 2003. Though their ministry at House of Mercy is
in its early stages, the sisters developed an initial mission
statement that guides their role in the University community.
In part, the mission reads, "...the Sisters of Mercy
of the Americas offer to provide a place of hospitality and
creative community activities for UDM students and faculty
in collaboration with our Jesuit brothers at UDM and Gesu
Parish..." Sally has moved her private practice in psychotherapy
to the site, brings an extensive background in nursing, psychology
and music. An affiliate assistant professor at UDM, she has
facilitated groups within the College of Health Professions
and has taught in the Parish Nurse program. She is eager to
enhance current UDM services by offering individual therapy,
facilitating small groups and developing educational sessions
on topics of interest to students, faculty and staff.
Joseph F. Wagner, SJ, is Associate Professor in the
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Xavier
University in Cincinnati, Ohio, teaching mathematics and mathematics
teachers. As a Jesuit priest, he also works in Campus Ministry,
and lives as residence hall chaplain in Buenger Hall. Joe
spent a month working with us at Manresa as part of his tertianship,
the final year of Jesuit formation.