Seán Patrick Sanford Director of Leadership and Young Adult Programs Contemplative Leaders in Action | Charis Ministries | Jesuit Connections Office of Ignatian Spirituality firstname.lastname@example.org
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, RSCJ, brings over 25 years of pastoral ministry to Contemplative Leaders in Action. Her passion for sharing the contemplative dimensions of lived spiritual experience with young adults inspires her to explore the best ways to lead in an ever-changing world. As the national program director of CLA, Sr. Lisa works collaboratively with a team of Regional Coordinators in eight cities to oversee the programs and support Ignatian leadership development among CLA participants. Sr. Lisa also currently serves her community as Director of Candidates for the United States-Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, bringing her passion and experience to those women discerning a commitment in religious life as an RSCJ.
Henry Frank Director of Communications Office of Ignatian Spirituality email@example.com
Henry is the Director of Communications 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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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Raised in northeast Ohio, Mark moved to Charlotte over seven years ago to marry his pen pal, Chelsey. Together they are the parents of two sons, Daniel and Peter. During his career, Mark has worked in pastoral ministry and education. Most recently, teaching middle school math and science at Omni Montessori School and coordinating the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for St. Peter Catholic Church. Mark has a Bachelors degree in education from Kent State University and a Masters degree in Theology and Religious Studies from John Carroll University. In the little free time left after work and family, Mark enjoys brewing beer, playing Ultimate Frisbee, mountain biking, and building things around the house with his wife.
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After studying Music and Drama as an undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill and pursuing performance in NYC, Kate attended Yale Divinity School where she earned an M.Div. and S.T.M. Her master's thesis focused on sketch comedy as a pastoral tool for community-building in worship. Kate also trained in multi-faith college chaplaincy with Yale University Chaplain Sharon Kugler and served from 2013 to 2015 as the Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. From 2015 to 2019, Kate taught World Religions, Philosophy & Ethics, and led the Upper School Campus Ministry program at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls' Catholic school located in the Upper East Side. She completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu in 2013 and 40-hr Basic Mediation Training with the New York Peace Institute in 2016. Kate currently serves as a Chaplain Resident at The Mount Sinai Hospital and is thrilled to be joining the Contemplative Leaders in Action team!
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Sam is a long-time supporter of Contemplative Leaders in Action who has worked in Catholic education for nearly two decades and Jesuit education for the last 16 years. Most of Sam’s work has been focused on directing service programs at the high school and university levels with a great love for Ignatian spirituality. He has a B.A. and M.A. from St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia) and is a former Jesuit Volunteer. Sam is married with two children and lives in Lafayette Hill, PA.
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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.
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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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