Spiritual Direction is the art of sacred listening and companionship. If you are curious to learn more about spiritual direction and why people choose to work with a spiritual director, you may be interested in reading what Spiritual Directors International says about Christian spiritual direction. Several of our Franciscan Sisters are experienced spiritual directors. The process of choosing a spiritual director is personal; you may wish to read a little about each of our directors. Call to schedule an initial appointment to learn more and make the right match for you.
"The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth, which is what [Christians] call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul. This is an entirely supernatural (spiritual) thing, for the work of rescuing the inner person from automatism belongs first of all to the Holy Spirit."
~ Thomas Merton
Meet our Spiritual Directors!
S. Janet Born, OSF
S. Janet has been a spiritual director for over 20 years and currently works at a women's shelter. She loves sharing with seekers and fostering adult spiritual formation.
S. Barb Pillar, OSF
S. Barb has been an Oldenburg Sister for 53 years, serving as an educator, pastoral associate, congregational leader, music minister & director. She has a Masters in religious education, completed her Inter-Faith Spiritual Direction training at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson, and enjoys walking with others as a spiritual companion.
S. Ann Vonder Meulen, OSF
S. Ann has served as a spiritual director and offers a variety of art retreats at OFC and the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Cincinnati.
S. Kathleen Mulso, OSF
S. Kathleen has experience in parish ministries and spiritual direction and a passion for finding inspiration through the lives of saints.
S. Olga Wittekind, OSF
S. Olga is the director of Oldenburg Franciscan Center. She is a psychologist, Jungian analyst, spiritual director, and retreat director. She has a passion for accompanying others on their journeys with God and has abundant experience and interest in working with dreams.
S. Olga also facilitates workshops on spirituality & psychology at OFC - check out those offerings here!
Christy is a spiritual companion, retreat and workshop facilitator and Associate with the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg.