Seán Patrick Sanford Director of Leadership and Young Adult Programs Contemplative Leaders in Action | Charis Ministries | Jesuit Connections Office of Ignatian Spirituality email@example.com
Seán has worked with schools, faith communities, and nonprofit organizations, as a pastoral minister, consultant and nonprofit executive for nearly twenty years. He founded the Center for Faith Justice in 2007 and the Two Hawks Foundation in 2015. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Seán has studied at Union Theological Seminary, the Mexican American Cultural Center, and Temple University, where he is currently completing his doctoral degree. His dissertation is on women's religious communities, and his research focuses on Catholic studies, American religious history, and political theology. Seán is the recipient of Saint Josephs’ University’s 2011 Ignatius Award for embracing the "Jesuit ideals of living a life of "service to others" consistent with the principles of Saint Ignatius Loyola." He lives in New Jersey.
Sr. Lisa Buscher is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ) with a background in Spiritual Direction, Campus Ministry, Vocation Ministry as well as teaching in various Sacred Heart Schools. Before entering the Society of the Sacred Heart in 2001, she worked in full-time lay parish ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix as a pastoral minister. Sr. Buscher coordinated and directed ministries with Youth, Liturgy, Music and Christian Initiation.
Sr. Buscher is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ. (Religion-1990) and holds an MA in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (concentration: Word and Worship/Bible-2002) and a Master of Divinity, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (concentration: Scripture – 2006). She currently ministers as Program Director of Contemplative Leaders in Action for the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of theMaryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, and she is on the Core Team at Sophie’s Well: A Center for Sacred Heart Spirituality for her United States-Canada Province.
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Henry is the Communications and Advancement Manager for the Office of Ignatian Spirituality (OIS), splitting his time among its programs; as OIS's largest program, CLA gets a substantial amount of his attention. Henry comes to CLA with experience in nonprofit communications and fundraising at Duke Cancer Institute. He served as the student director for graduate and professional students at the Duke Catholic Center, while earning a master's degree in theology. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Duke Divinity School. Henry and his wife, Kayla, live in Portland, Maine.
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Kate Haser Regional Coordinator - Baltimore, MD email@example.com Kate is completing a three-year training program in spiritual direction and beginning the Faber Program to give the Spiritual Exercises, both offered by Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, D.C. She began these programs after working for thirty-five years for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where she held leadership positions and grew in her belief in the gifts of young people. Kate serves on the boards of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA, and the mission and identity subcommittee of the board of Loyola Blakefield High School in Baltimore. She is a parishioner at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore where she coordinates the women’s team for the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which offers overnight retreats to women coming out of homelessness and addiction. It’s not all about Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuits! -- Kate stays in touch with her five siblings and a wide range of friends, and enjoys cooking and baking, tending her row house garden, knitting, and following the Orioles and the Baltimore restaurant scene.
Marty currently serves as an Associate Chaplain and Director of Service and Social Justice Programs at College of the Holy Cross, where he has been since 2007. Marty's responsibilities at Holy Cross include oversight of a community service program with over 40 partnerships in the city of Worcester. He also serves as a director for the Spiritual Exercises, and advisor to Pax Christi. A 1997 graduate of Stonehill College, Marty worked in Colorado in a post-graduate volunteer program as well as parish youth ministry before completing his Master of Theological Studies degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 2002. His other work in ministry has involved high school teaching, college campus ministry, parish spirituality programming, and faculty/staff formation. A native of Worcester, Marty lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Meg Fox-Kelly, and their three sons: Kieran, Sean, and Conor.
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Kaija serves as Director of Campus Ministry at Xavier High School and teaches theology and ethics in the religion department. She directs the Arrupe Society, a student group dedicated to issues of social justice and leadership. She has also taught on the faculties at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ and Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA. Her experiences also include planning and facilitating programs through the New York Province of the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Kaija holds a BA in journalism from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame.
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Genevieve Jordan Laskey has nearly 10 years of experience in various non-profit and ministry settings. She works for Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian of the Catholic community in the US, with a focus on outreach to Catholics in the United States. Previously, Genevieve served as the executive director of Romero Center Ministries in Camden, NJ. She has an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame, where she also completed undergraduate work in the university's great books program. She is an alumna of CLA in Philadelphia, and, while she's a proud Southern California native, she lives happily in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
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Maria leads the Ignite Young Adult program as part of the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle, where she facilitates retreats which foster spiritual growth and enables young adults to use Ignatian spirituality as a way to navigate daily life. Previously, Maria served as Assistant Director for the Magis Alumni Ministry at Seattle University and was the facilitator of the CLA Seattle program there. Maria has worked in Ignatian ministry for the past 13 years, including as a facilitator, retreat director, spiritual director, university resident minister, and pastoral assistant for young adult ministry.
Maria holds a B.A. in art from Gonzaga University and an M.A. in Transforming Spirituality from the School of Theology & Ministry at Seattle University. She has also been active with the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) retreat. Maria is grateful to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and young son.
Tom is our inaugural Regional Coordinator in St. Louis. Tom is involved with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in St. Louis, is a long-time board member of Loyola Academy ( the Jesuit nativity school in St. Louis), and serves on the Mission & Identity committee at St. Louis University High School. He is also a founding board member of the L’Arche community in St. Louis. Tom remains involved in the business he has owned for 25 years, a print and communications company. He holds a BA in philosophy from Santa Clara University, a law degree from St. Louis University, an MA in theology and a certificate in spiritual direction from Aquinas Institute. Tom taught at two Jesuit high schools immediately after graduating from college: Jesuit High in Sacramento, CA, and DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis. Tom has been married to his wife, Dale, for thirty-five years and has four young adult children.
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Kevin, a former Jesuit, is a faculty member in the Religious Studies department at Georgetown Prep where he spearheaded the schools efforts in the Dominican Republic through the Somos Amigos program.Kevin holds two Masters degrees from Loyola University of Chicago and lived in East Asia for eighteen years.
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Carrie has been in the health care industry for over twenty years. She is a certified leadership coach and has worked with clients from many types of organizations including non-profits, government agencies, start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, she has served as a formation coach for a large, Catholic healthcare company in the Midwest.
Carrie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina and completed an Internship in Ignatian Spirituality at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She recently earned a Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Leadership program at Loyola University Chicago and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu.
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