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Campion Center319 Concord Road
Weston, MA 02493-1398
Phone: (781) 419-1337
Fax: (781) 894-5864
The USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus is committed to staffing the Campion Center with men and women of faith who work as trained spiritual directors and skilled professionals. We offer the following brief biographies as a sample of the diversity and quality of our resident and affiliated staff and guest directors.
Ms. Anne Copponi, Administrative Assistant
James Fleming, SJ
We welcome our new Executive Director, Fr. James Fleming, SJ. Prior to this, Fr. Fleming served as the 10th President of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), in Wheeling, WV. Before joining the leadership team at WJU, Fr. Fleming worked at Boston College as a faculty member in the Lynch School of Education and as Director of Mission Assessment and Planning in the Office of Mission and Ministry. He is a trained and experienced spiritual director.
William A. Barry, SJ
Father Barry entered the Society of Jesus in 1950 and was ordained in 1962. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1968. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Boston College. Presently he resides at Campion Center where he gives retreats and spiritual direction. He is the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Practice of Spiritual Direction, God and You, Finding God in All Things, Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with God, Who Do You Say I Am?, With An Everlasting Love, and Contemplatives in Action with Fr. Robert Doherty.
Stephen Bonian, SJ
Fr. Bonian is an Eastern Rite Jesuit who has worked with Chaldean, Maronite, Coptic and Byzantine communities in the United States, the Holy Land, and the Near East. Born in Iran and raised in Iraq, he joined the Jesuits after graduating from Baghdad College a year before they were ousted from Iraq (1969). Father Bonian holds an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an STL from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and an APD from Fordham University. Over the years he has worked to integrate Eastern and Ignatian spirituality. These adaptations of the Spiritual Exercises—together with the use of icons—have been useful in his retreat work with individuals and groups in both the Middle East and the USA.
Harry J. Cain, SJ
Fr. Harry J. Cain, a Jesuit of the USA Northeast Province, was ordained in 1963 and has been engaged in retreat work and spiritual direction ever since. From 1970-74 Father Cain preached throughout the U.S. with the Movement for a Better World team, and for two of those years he was national director of that movement.
Fr. Cain offers both conference retreats and directed retreats. He is available to travel any place where requested. His preaching style is noted for wit, wisdom, and a dash of humor. Fr. Cain also offers parish missions and renewal programs in concert with Concordia, a non-profit corporation of Christian men and women.
Fred Maples, SJ
Fr. Fred Maples is a diplomate Jungian analyst since 1984. Fred trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, IL. He has practiced analysis and also spiritual direction since that time: in Chicago for a couple years after completing his training, but also in Rapid City, SD for five years, then in St. Paul, MN for ten years. More recently, he spent nine years in Bethlehem, NH before moving to Campion in July, 2016. He has also directed individually-directed retreats for several years especially at Campion Center, and at locations in South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Stephen Sanford, SJ
Fr. Sanford, a USA Northeast Province Jesuit, began in the ministry of Ignatian spirituality with an internship at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA in 1992. His mission later changed to parish ministry on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. After calling Pine Ridge home for fifteen grace-filled years, he returned to New England in 2012, and his focus returned to Ignatian spirituality. He is living with secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair full-time for mobility. He is also happily committed to building a complaint-free world.
John Surette, SJ
Fr. John Surette is a Jesuit of the USA Northeast Province. For thirteen years he worked in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands doing adult education. Four of those years he was director of the Antilles Pastoral Institute. For ten years he directed Ignatian retreats. For the past twenty-six years the focus of his life has been giving retreats and workshops centered on the “Universe Story” and assisting seekers to discover the wisdom contained in this foundational story, wisdom for nurturing and deepening their relationships with God, humans, and planet Earth. All of his retreats are inspired by Pope Francis who, in his recent letter on the environment, has urged us to develop an Earth dimension to our spirituality.
Richard Bollman, SJ
Bill Eagan, SJ
Ken Hughes, SJ
Don Keegan, SJ
Tom McMurray, SJ
Virginia Blass, D. Min.
Virginia A. Blass, D.Min., M.A., M.Ed. is an experienced and certified spiritual director, preacher, author, and retreat master. She has been engaged in ministry for over twenty-five years, and she offers spiritual direction, preached retreats, parish missions, consultation, and the development of special resources on spiritual discernment and Ignatian spirituality.
Virginia Blass has engaged in ministry in collaboration with both the Jesuits along the East Coast and with the Passionist community for many years. She has been on team at Eastern Point Retreat Center in Gloucester, MA, Campion Center in Weston, MA, and Bishop Molloy Retreat Center in Jamaica, NY. She is presently a member of the Passionist Preacher’s Mission Band.
Maureen Casey, SND has been involved in spiritual direction and retreat ministry for over 25 years. She was a member of the retreat team at St. Stephen priory for 17 years.
She is currently an associate staff member of Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury, MA and is co-directing an eight-month weekly spiritual direction internship program in Brighton, MA.Kathryn Cleary, M.A.
Kathryn O’Connell Cleary holds a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College. She worked in parish ministry for 20 years, in the role of pastoral associate and director of liturgy and music. From 1992 until 1998, Kathryn was a member of the retreat team at St. Stephen Priory. Presently she offers spiritual direction as well as directed and guided retreats on a freelance basis. Kathryn is married and has recently and joyfully become a grandmother. Virginia L. Collins-English, M.Ed., CAGS, MAAT
Virginia Collins-English is a certified spiritual director and certified retreat director. She is also a psychotherapist with three licenses: marriage and family therapist, rehabilitation therapist, and mental health therapist. She offers individual spiritual direction in several settings, including her own practice: Holy Listening. She offers directed retreats and guided retreats through The Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies at Elms College, DeCice Hall (DHM), Genesis Spiritual Life Center, and in parishes. The widow of an African-American civil rights leader, she has a particular interest in serving the spiritual yearnings of people who are marginalized by church or society, and those who are bereaved. She is also an artist and writer, and the author of Prayering: Openings for Contemplation and Personal Prayer. Cynthia Giardina, M.A.
Cynthia Giardina, M.A. is a spiritual director in Natick, Massachusetts and has been a featured speaker at parish missions and adult formation sessions in the Greater Boston area.
She earned a Master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College’s Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. Cynthia also completed an internship in spiritual direction with the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative, Boston, and she has studied retreat direction at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario.
For 21 years Cynthia was the pastoral associate and director of religious education at St. Linus Parish in Natick. She is married and has a grown daughter.Hai Ok Hwang
Originally from Korea, Hai Ok received her Master of Divinity and M.A. in spiritual direction from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. She was trained with the Certificate of Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development, and served as an adjunct supervisor for many years at the CRD. Presently she is involved in campus ministry, retreat and spiritual direction focused in Ignatian spirituality. She is married with two adult sons and several grandchildren. Jo Ann Nally Mary Sheedy Nancy Sheridan, SASV
Nancy Y. Sheridan is a member of the Congregational Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, an international group of women religious. She is a spiritual director and supervisor of spiritual directors having spent eight years on the staff of the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge. She has been a staff member at Eastern Point Jesuit Retreat House where she directed eight and thirty day retreats and reinvigorated the weekend and Triduum ministries there. Presently she is supervisor to a group of Jewish spiritual directors in training and also involved in a national ministry of Preaching the Just Word in conjunction with the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown. Nancy has extensive national and international experience with Ignatian spirituality both within the Roman Catholic tradition and ecumenically. Kathy Simisky
Kathleen Simisky, MA, CAGS holds a MA in pastoral ministry and a certificate in the practice of spirituality, both from Boston College IREPM. She also completed a spiritual direction internship with the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston. She is a Certified Catholic Chaplain (NACC). She has enjoyed a variety of professional roles in ministry, including: chaplain, director of pastoral care, theology teacher, campus minister, retreat leader, and counselor.
Kathy is married and has two grown children and three young grandchildren.
Her spirituality is grounded in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Judith A. Talvacchia, M.Div., BCC
Judy Talvacchia is a married Roman Catholic lay ecclesial minister who lives outside of Boston, MA. She is a certified chaplain, a spiritual director and a retreat director. Judy does formation work at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry as a facilitator for the Spiritual Formation for Ministry program and as an instructor for the Spiritual Direction Practicum. Judy is also an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. Robert Weber, Ph.D.