spiritual direction

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.

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.

With questions or to make arrangements for Spiritual Direction, call our Director, Connie Palm, at 563.582.3592, extension 12 or email cpalm@shalomretreats.org.

meet our spiritual directors

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.

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.

Marion Huettner

Marion is a married laywoman with two young adult daughters. She received her certificate of completion in Spiritual Guidance/Direction from Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI in November 2018. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI). Marion is rooted in the Catholic Christian faith tradition and has an inter-spiritual heart. She believes that everything is sacred/spiritual and that everyone and everything belongs. She hopes to receive persons who are seeking spiritual direction with nonjudgemental, open-hearted presence, no matter what their spiritual background might be.

Cheri Loveless

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

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.