Shalom provides a comfortable and peaceful setting for spiritual direction.

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a ministry in which people are trained in the art of helping others walk the journey of faith — of helping others know where God is in their life, what God might be saying to them, and how they might grow in discipleship.

The individual seeking spiritual direction meets periodically with a director-companion to talk through the events of life and to discern God’s message and call.

The suggested offering is $30 per session. As with all Shalom programs, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay the suggested offering. Any offering you can afford will be accepted.

CLICK HERE to read a short article on SPIRITUALITY written by Liz Cummins OSF, member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque. She serves as a spiritual director and grief counseler in private practice in Phoenix, AZ and occasionally leads retreats at Shalom Spirituality Center.

Why Spiritual Direction?

Seeking God is a universal human quest — common to all ages and to all cultures. Growth in the quest for God happens when we pray with honest, authentic desire.

The spiritual director helps an individual to sort out the various desires in their life, and to recognize and respond to their desire for God.

God wants a personal relationship with each one of us. God has a dream — and it is for our happiness, even in this earthly life. The Good News that Jesus came to bring us is that we are friends of God! (John 15.15)

Growth in that friendship gives meaning and brings true happiness to life! Spiritual direction assists people in such growth. Shalom is happy to offer an opportunity for Spiritual Direction.

Call Sr. Marci Blum OSF, Director of Shalom Spirituality Center, at 563-582-3592 with questions or send an email to make arrangements for Spiritual Direction.






Sr. Marci Blum, OSF

Sr. Marci earned her Doctor in Ministry (D.Min.) from St. Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN and her Spiritual Director certification from the Center for Spiritual Guidance, St. Paul, MN. Blum has also been awarded Masters in Divinity and Masters in Religious Education degrees. Additionally, she is the author of the book Living Like Francis Today that was published in 2005.

Jade Angelica MDiv, DMin.

Jade guides seekers by using classical spiritual direction training (from the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation) with interfaith seminary education (from Harvard Divinity School), and welcome directees from all Faiths. She written spiritual resources for Alzheimer's caregivers: Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimer's, and Meeting Alzheimer's: Companionship on the Journey (in audio format with music), and offers guidance to persons with dementia and caregivers through spiritual direction.


Fr. Ardel Barta

Ordained 3/9/63. Fr. Barta currently serves as in-residence/sacramental priest at Sacred Heart Church in Walker, IA. He regularly drives to Shalom to meet with individuals who request spiritual direction.


Bernard Dansart

Bernard completed a Spiritual Direction Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI in 2002. He taught counselor education at Loras College for
28 years.


Marilyn Dansart

Marilyn completed a 3-year Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI in 2002.

Sr. Ginny Heldorfer, OSF

Sr. Ginny Heldorfer completed the three year Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, LaCrosse WI in 2017.  She has experience in discernment skills, support groups for separated/divorced, grief groups as well as co-facilitating reflection/retreats with parishioners and college students.  



Sr. Norma Jean Holthaus, OSF

Sr. Norma Jean completed the Spiritual Direction Program at St. Joseph's in Des Moines in 1999.



Cheri Loveless


I completed the Spiritual Direction Program through the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI in 2017. With a personal experience with cancer I have come to know God in a deeper way in my life. I will strive to provide an atmosphere of hospitality and openness.  I  will listen deeply without judgement and  reflect back the action of God which the spiritual companion is sharing.  As we journey together in relationship of confidentiality and trust, I focus on  a spiritual conversation. I will honor the time together as sacred and a sharing of the heart.

Linzy Martin

Linzy received his spiritual direction certificate in 2010 from Franciscan Spirituality Center, LaCrosse, WI.


Sr. Suzanne Rubenbauer, FSPA

Suzanne completed the 3-year Spiritual Director Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, WI in 1988. She has personal experience and education in mindfulness based stress reduction techniques, mind-body-spirit awareness and integrative daily scripture spirituality.
As a cancer survivor and presently a caretaker for her aging parent, Suzanne realizes the gifts of compassionate listening to self and others, moment-to-moment awareness, and seeing God in the ordinary. She brings this to her spiritual companioning practice.


Frank Schwirtz

Frank completed a 3-year Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Theology/Pastoral Ministry. Frank has been affiliated with Christ the the Wilderness Retreat Center for 30 years. He is a grateful recovering alcoholic of 14 years and has sponsored individuals within that context. Frank will be honored and humbled to share with those who seek to deepen their spiritual journey which also includes anyone seeking a new path out of addictive behaviors. Frank lives in Elizabeth, IL with his wife Norma. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.



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