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2018 Santa Casa Facilitator Profiles

Listed below are the profiles of Retreat Directors/Facilitators for the 2018 retreats at Santa Casa. 



Carole Carmody RSM
Carole is a Sister of Mercy and an experienced spiritual director with a special love for creating sacred spaces, and a reflective atmosphere.  Carole believes in the capacity which each person has to depth their experience, and to discover the unique treasure within.


Rhonda Dingle
Rhonda is a spiritual director who completed her studies with Wellspring Centre Ashburton. Rhonda is committed to providing silent retreats with an emphasis on encouraging a contemplative way of life


Margaret Donald
Margaret is an experienced spiritual director and retreat presenter. She has been associated with the Wellspring Centre, Ashburton, for many years where she continues to offer silent retreats and reflective days. She has a deep love for Celtic spirituality, Centering Prayer, and the process of reflective art as a container of awareness. She is passionate about providing silent spaces to enable each person to depth their own unique journey of the heart.


Helen Duffy RSM
Helen is a Sister of Mercy and has trained in Centering Prayer in Snowmass, Colorado. She has completed a Graduate Certificate course in Guiding Meditation at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne.


Fr Chris Hope
Chris ordained in Rome in 1966 is the Parish priest at Kingston-Channel Parish in southern Tasmania.  He is involved as well in promoting an understanding and love of the Word of God at various levels in Tasmania and beyond.  From 1973 – 1979,  Fr Chris was on the Staff at Corpus Christi College Clayton and lectured in Sacred Scripture at Catholic Theological College.  For many years he has given retreats based on biblical themes.


Colleen Leonard SGS
Colleen is a Sister of the Good Samaritan and an experienced retreat presenter and spiritual director. Colleen has qualifications in education, theology and spirituality.  In recent years she has been in the ministry of formation in her congregation


Dr Marlene Marburg
Dr Marlene Marburg was formed as a spiritual director in the Arrupe Program, Melbourne, Australia, and has twelve years experience engaging with the Spiritual Exercises, spiritual direction and the formation of spiritual directors at Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, and as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Student Formation at Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, and now at Kardia Formation.


Bernadette Miles
Bernadette trained in spiritual direction and theology after twenty years of computer consulting and business management and has a special interest in formation of apostolic leadership and applying the concepts of Ignatian Spirituality to organizational development.  She has completed both the Arrupe Program for spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition, Siloam programs in Melbourne and has 15 years experience in forming spiritual directors, supervision, spiritual direction, facilitation and retreat giving as Director of Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality and Coursework Coordinator for Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation.


Margaret Moore RSM
Margaret trained in spiritual direction at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago and completed her Masters at Loyola University, Chicago. She has also completed further training in retreat-giving and the Spiritual Exercises at St Bueno’s Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Wales.


Nicole Rotaru RSM
Nicole Rotaru is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. She has a background in education, social work and creative arts therapy and a deep passion in spirituality across the life span.


Liza Stewart
Liza is a wife and mother and grandmother whose background is education. Her spiritual direction formation was at the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in Melbourne. She is passionate about encouraging the exploration and integration of all aspects of life.


Fr Peter Varengo sdb
Fr Peter Varengo sdb is a Salesian of Don Bosco (sdb) and his background and formation have been in education secondary, tertiary and adult, with particular interest in Religious Education.  During his time as a member of the Formation team for his congregation he eveloped a personal interest in spirituality, and this has brought him into the area of spirituality and retreat work during the past twenty years. He considers this a real blessing as it has been a challenge and a stimulus to him personally as he lives his own commitment as a religious and as a priest.


Fr Hien Vu
Fr Hien Vu is the Parish priest of St Brendan’s Parish Flemington within the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He is a spiritual director and completed his studies at the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre, Melbourne.