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Rev. Donald Blanchard

A retired priest from the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Fr. Donald was ordained in 1969 and spent the majority of his priesthood in parish life. He was also Vocation Director, Vicar for clergy, and a member of the Clergy Personnel Board.

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Sr. Judith Gomila

Sr. Judith, a Marianite Sister of Holy Cross, has served as a religious educator from elementary schools to seminarian formation. Sr. Judy values retreat ministry and other prayer opportunities to promote the peace, justice and joy of Jesus in all...

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Rev. Simeon Gallagher, OFM, Cap

Fr. Gallagher, is Director of the Preaching Ministry Office of the Mid-America Province of the Capuchin Order. He conducts retreats, parish development programs, and religious education workshops

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Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes

Archbishop Hughes was ordained to the priesthood in 1957 in Boston. He studied Theology and received a doctoral degree in Spiritual Theology at Gregorian University in Rome. His interest has been in Spiritual Theology and Spiritual Direction. He...

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Rev. Keith Hosey

Fr. Hosey , a diocesan priest who ran the John XXIII Retreat Center for over 40 years . He has given many retreats around the country and for the past 10 years has been presiding retreats in Metairie. Fr. Hosey is known for the depth of his...

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Rev. Anthony Ewherido

Fr. Ewherido is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Warri, Nigeria and a lecturer and formator at the regional Major Seminary of SS. Peter and Paul, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria with specialization in biblical studies. Father Anthony has done extensive...

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Sr. Catherine Cahill, OSF

Sr. Catherine has been leading retreats for people in 12 Step programs for over 25 years. Her sense of humor and willingness to share her own experience, strength and hope make her a well-received retreat director.

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Rev. Matthew Linn, SJ

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality and theology. He has...

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Rev. Joe Krafft

Fr. Joe served for five years as a Parochial Vicar at St. Clement of Rome Church in Metairie. In 2007, he became the Director of Human Formation at Notre Dame Seminary. Rev. Joe has a heart for evangelism, spiritual direction and adult Christian...

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Rev. Joe Palermo

Fr. Joe practiced law for twelve years before hearing God’s call to priesthood. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1994, serving in several parishes and diocesan administrative positions. He regularly gives retreats,...

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Rev. Joe Nassal, CPPS

Father Joe Nassal is the author of eight books including The Conspiracy of Compassion, Rest Stops for the Soul, Premeditated Mercy, Moments of Truth and Stations of the Crib. A Missionary of the Precious Blood, he has been engaged in retreat,...

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Rev. Joseph Doyle, SSJ

Fr. Joseph Doyle was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1960, was ordained a Josephite priest in 1968. He earned an MA in Theology from St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C. and a Doctorate in Ministry...

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Rev. Anthony Rigoli, O.M.I.

Fr. Rigoli is the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church/Shrine of St. Jude. He was born in Buffalo, NY and ordained an O.M.I. in 1972. He has been involved in parish work, teaching, campus ministry and preaching workshops.

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Rev. Jeff Bayhi

Father Bayhi, a native of Baton Rouge was ordained in 1979 after studies at St. Joseph Seminary, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and Graduate Theological Foundation. He is President and CEO of closer Walk Ministries and is currently the Pastor...

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Rev. Dan Dorsey

Fr. Dorsey, a native of St. Louis, has served as president of Glenmary Home Missioners, dedicated to establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas where the Catholic Church is not yet effectively present. He holds degrees from Catholic...

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Rev. Louis Arceneaux

Fr. Arceneaux has been a priest in the Congregation of the Mission since 1966. He has been leading retreats and parish missions most of his priestly ministry and especially since 1994. He presently serves as Spiritual Advisor to the Society of St....

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Very Rev. Jose Lavastida

Father Lavastida was born in Havana, Cuba and studied at LSU and Notre Dame Seminary. He served at St. Jerome Church in Kenner and Christ the King Church in Terrytown, Louisiana. Father Lavastida is the Executive Director of the Department of...

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Rev. Henry Shelton

Father Henry Shelton was ordained in 1969 for the diocese of Jackson, Mississippi. He served as parish priest for 45 years and focused his ministry on adult faith development.

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Rev. Whitney Miller

Rev. Whitney Miller is the Director of the Saint Charles Retreat Center and also the Director of Diocesan Counseling Services for the Diocese of Lake Charles.

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Sr. Linda Fischer

Sr. Linda is a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ from Columbia, PA. Since leaving the classroom in 2005, Sr. Linda has been involved full-time in giving retreats to various 12-Step groups. She calls her own 23 year journey in recovery...

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Father Basil Burns

Fr. Basil entered St. Joseph Abbey in 1996. He directed many retreats at the Abbey Christian Life Center and taught several philosophy classes for the seminarians. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2001. He obtained a master’s degree in...

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Rev. Paul S. Hart

Father Paul Hart is the Director of Retreats at St. Joseph Abbey. He has served as pastor at St. Andrew the Apostle Church and as Chaplain at Archbishop Chapelle High School.

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Marie Louise Guste Nix

Marie Louise Guste Nix is a poet and author of Being There: Reflections from the Scenes of the Mysteries of the Rosary

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Lloyd and Jan Tate

Lloyd has been married to wife Jan since 1972 and they have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. Lloyd retired from his career as a CPA but spends much time in volunteer activities benefitting the Archdiocese of New Orleans using his skills in...

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Father John Baptist Bashobora

Affectionately known as Fr. Bash, Father John Baptist Bashobora is an international speaker and the Director of Spiritual Renewal in the Archdiocese of Mbarara, Uganda. He was ordained a priest in 1972. He is the founder of the Friends of Christ...

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Rev. Doug Doussan

Msgr. Doussan is a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is retired and serving as Chaplain of the Archdiocesan Retreat Center. He was formerly the pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in New Orleans and St. Joseph the Worker Parish...

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Rev. Philip Chircop, S.J.

Fr. Philip, a Jesuit priest born on the island of Malta, is presently involved full time in retreat work and spiritual direction. He strongly believes that beauty is a uniquely wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is...

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Jan Tate

Jan is a native New Orleanian, married to husband Lloyd since 1972. She has worked with Lloyd in the ministry of marriage preparation for 38 years. She recently published the In Home Marriage Preparation Manual in conjunction with the Diocese of...

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Sr. Dorothy Trosclair

Sr. Dorothy is a Dominican Sister of Peace and is currently the Director of the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans. Sr. Dorothy is a spiritual director and retreat director. She has given many talks on a variety of topics in the area...

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Rev. Richard M. Sudlik, O.M.I.

Fr. Sudlik was ordained as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate in 1972. His most recent assignment is to the Oblate Mission Center in New Orleans where he serves as Director of the Mission Center and Superior of the Oblate Community. During his...

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Rev. Msgr. William Bilinsky

Msgr. Bilinsky is a retired priest living in Folsom, Louisiana. He is noted as a preacher and lecturer, and has offered missions and retreats throughout the country. He has also lectured extensively on end of life issues and addiction. He has...

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Bishop Fernand Cheri, O.F.M.

Bishop Cheri was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1978. He served as vicar and pastor at several local churches and the entered the Franciscan order professing his vows in 1996. He has since served as chaplain at a high...

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Rev. Francis "Bo" Majors

Fr. Majors is currently Parochial Vicar at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan, Louisiana. He spent a number of years working with those struggling with addictive behaviors at a clinic in New York City. He is a Masters in Social Work...

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Yvonne Hymel

Yvonne Hymel is a trained spiritual director who gives one-on-one ongoing spiritual direction and facilitates retreats for women in recovery from substance abuse. A registered nurse and educator, she is retired from a three decade career in...

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Jane Hebert

Jane Hebert is a psychotherapist who has worked in the New Orleans area for the last 30 years. She is also a certified spiritual director. Her extensive experience working with groups began in the early 80's when she planned and facilitated...

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Karen Franck

Karen Franck is a licensed counselor who has worked as a theology teacher and counselor for thirty years in New Orleans Archdiocese Schools, only recently retired. She has facilitated numerous retreats for young women during her years at Chapelle...

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Yvonne Hymel, Karen Franck, Jane Hebert

Yvonne Hymel is a trained spiritual director who gives one-on-one ongoing spiritual direction and facilitates retreats for women in recovery from substance abuse. A registered nurse and educator, she is retired from a three decade career in...

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Jane Hebert/Yvonne Hymel

Yvonne C. Hymel is a trained spiritual director who does one-on-one spiritual direction and facilitates retreats for women in recovery from substance abuse. A registered nurse and educator, she is retired from a three decade career in childbirth...

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Very Rev. David Caron, OP

Very Rev. David Caron is the Director of the office of Evangelization and the Promoter of the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. A former diocesan priest and parish administrator, he joined the Dominican Order in 2000. He...

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Very Rev. David Caron, OP

Very Rev. David Caron is the Director of the office of Evangelization and the Promoter of the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. A former diocesan priest and parish administrator, he joined the Dominican Order in 2000. He...

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Dana Territo

Dana Territo is Director of Services for the Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area. She has been an advocate for the elderly population, particularly those affected with Alzheimer’s and dementia, for over 20 years. With a background in...

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Jane Hebert/Yvonne Hymel

Jane Hebert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the New Orleans area for the last 30 years. She is also a certified spiritual director. She and Yvonne Hymel are co-founders of Retreats for Young Women and offer Mind/Body/Spirit...

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Rev. Anthony Odiong

Rev. Anthony Odiong was ordained as a priest in 1993 for the Diocese of Uyo, Nigeria. He is the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Luling, LA. He holds an MA in Theology and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) in Dogmatic Theology.

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Dorinda Bordlee

As a wife and mother, Dorinda Bordlee is an advocate for human rights from the beginning of life to the end. She is chief counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund, a pro-life public interest legal organization.

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Sr. Catherine Martin

Sr. Catherine Martin is a sister of Mount Carmel. She has been a teacher of little ones for many years and loves it. Her most recent ministry has been art: helping others to create art in the context of prayer.

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Judy Klein

Judy Klein is a Catholic theologian, author, and inspirational speaker. She is also the founder of Memorare Ministries dedicated to bringing a message of hope and encouragement to those who are suffering. Her book Miracle Man describes the...

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Rev. Michael Champagne, CJC

Rev. Michael Champagne was ordained a Catholic priest in 1994 for the Community of Jesus Crucified in Lafayette. In 2006, he earned a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. Fr. Michael is involved in...

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Matt Rousso

Matt Rousso was born in Morgan City, LA and attended Notre Dame Seminary. For 24 years he was engaged in pastoral ministry in four different parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 1991, he has worked with Maryknoll Ministries,...

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Matt Rousso

Matt Rousso was born in Morgan City, LA and attended Notre Dame Seminary. For 24 years he was engaged in pastoral ministry in four different parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 1991, he has worked with Maryknoll Ministries,...

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Rev. Albert Haase, OFM

Ordained a Franciscan priest in 1983, Fr. Albert Haase is a popular preacher, teacher, spiritual director and radio personality. A former missionary to mainland China for over eleven years, he is the author of nine books on popular spirituality...

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Noël Delery

Noël Delery is a trained spiritual director and retreat director who is currently on the Ministry Team at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center. In January, 2018, she will complete a two-year Formation Program at Notre Dame Seminary and...

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Dr. Paul Ceasar/Darryl Ducote

Dr. Paul Ceasar is the Executive Director of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center. His background includes ministry, counseling practice, higher education professor and administration. Darryl Ducote is the Director of the Office of...

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Rev. Jerry Daniels

Rev. Jerry Daniels is a Catholic priest and graduate of Notre Dame Seminary having been ordained to the priesthood in 2001 for the Diocese of Jackson. He is certified and trained in spiritual direction for Ignatius retreats. Since July, 2017, he...

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Agnes Bitature/Yvette Fouchi

Agnes Bitature has been a member of the Ministry Team at the Retreat Center since 2014. She has recently completed her formation as a Lay Ecclesial Minister and has nearly completed her master’s Degree in Pastoral Leadership from Notre Dame...

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Rev. Jim Sichko

Rev. Jim Sichko is a full time preacher, evangelist and motivational speaker based in the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. In February of 2016, Pope Francis commissioned Fr. Jim as one of his Papal Missionaries of Mercy of which there are only one...

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Rev. Joe Krafft/Jan Tate

Rev. Joe Krafft served for five years as a Parochial Vicar at St. Clement of Rome Church in Metairie. In 2007, he became the Director of Human Formation at Notre Dame Seminary. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Ministry Degree with a...

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Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess is a singer, composer, retreat facilitator, and recording artist with World Library Publications. She has served in music ministry for thirty years, and is Director of Music Ministry at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, LA. She has...

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Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess is a singer, composer, retreat facilitator, and recording artist with World Library Publications. She has served in music ministry for thirty years, and is Director of Music Ministry at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, LA. She has...

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The Dameans

The Dameans Past members Darryl Ducote Mike Balhoff Dave Baker Buddy Ceaser Gary Ault Gary Daigle The Dameans were a group of Catholic musicians who rose to prominence in the folk music era of the 1970s. They began as seminarians at Notre Dame...

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Dameans

The Dameans Past members Darryl Ducote Mike Balhoff Dave Baker Buddy Ceaser Gary Ault Gary Daigle The Dameans were a group of Catholic musicians who rose to prominence in the folk music era of the 1970s. They began as seminarians at Notre Dame...