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Labyrinth Walk

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 19)

Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem., cellist

Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem., cellist

The annual summer Labyrinth walk, held June 20, was attended by more than 50 people. Kathie Tilot offered information about this ancient meditative prayer form prior to the walk. Participants were accompanied by lovely cello music performed by Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem.

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Meet the NCS Staff

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 18)

Exciting times, reorganization, at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS)


Tony Pichler

Tony Pichler

Tony Pichler

Director

“I first served on the NCS Advisory Board. After a meeting one day, Judy Turba and I discussed the possibility of a co-directorship for the center. I felt if this was God’s plan for me, it would all fall into place. The process was as smooth as glass, and two years later, I could not be happier. I absolutely love the variety of what we offer at the center. From book discussions, to Bible studies, to more involved retreats—I love it all.”

More About Tony:

He has co-authored eight books: a service manual for youth ministry leaders, three Advent journals for teens, three Lenten journals for teens, and a series of binders on discipline in a religious education curriculum. Another book, a confirmation journal for teens, is currently at the publisher. He also loves to watch and play sports, from golfing and kayaking to biking and tennis.

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Kathie Tilot

Kathie Tilot

Kathie Tilot

Spiritual Direction and Public Relations Coordinator

“The first time I visited the NCS, I was overcome by the peacefulness and the rhythm of life here; by the classes that stretched me and helped me grow; and by the natural setting—right in the heart of town. I graduated from St. Norbert College and the Norbertine community played an important role in my life. As my ministry evolved to include retreats and spiritual direction, the NCS seemed to be a perfect fit.”

More About Kathie:

She loves watching people be empowered, whether it is sharing their sacred stories, learning a new spiritual practice, or finding rest under the shade of the trees. “Every day, as I drive up the long driveway, I thank God for the opportunity to serve here.”

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Ann Herlache

Ann Herlache

Ann Herlache

Program Coordinator

“My biggest joy in being a part of the NCS is all the good that we aim to bring into people’s lives. The center truly strives to be an oasis for everyone who enters its doors.”

More About Ann:

Ann worked in a manufacturing plant for seven years before she began her work at the NCS. She loves to garden and see the results of her planning and cultivating, ultimately using her herbs and vegetables when she cooks for her family.

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Sr. Lisa Alexander, TSOF-SSJ

Sr. Lisa Alexander, TSOF-SSJ

Sr. Lisa Alexander, SSJ-TOSF

Administrative Assistant

“I came to several programs at the NCS and then was honored to be asked to join the team. I really enjoy administrative work, so this ministry is a really good fit for me. Positive attitudes and a genuine sense of teamwork make being here a pleasure. This sacred place has a special feeling all its own—there is a peace that is hard to put into words.”

More About Sr. Lisa:

Sr. Lisa was a member of the first group of trained advocates for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Brown County. CASA is a national organization that trains volunteers to work with children who are in need of protective services. She is also currently enrolled in coursework to complete her business management degree at Northcentral Technical College.

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Lori McKeough

Lori McKeough

Lori McKeough

Weekend Assistant

“I came to the center for spiritual growth and development, and the opportunity to work here was divine intervention. I love to witness the gratitude as guests reluctantly leave this beautiful place after a weekend retreat.”

More About Lori:

Lori was a Stephen Minister for two years and a leader of the program for four years. Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one Christian caregiving program that helps people journey through life crises, such as grieving or a cancer diagnosis.

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Spiritual Direction

As seen in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 14)

Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ

“What is taking up space in your heart?” asks Sr. Judy Miller, CSJ, a spiritual director at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS), at the beginning of her spiritual direction sessions. Responses, like individuals, vary significantly because people are in different places and spaces on their spiritual journey. The good news is that all are welcome to grow in their relationship with God, self, and others through this ancient practice with contemporary relevance.

Spiritual direction provides the opportunity to grow in an awareness of God’s movements within oneself, explore questions of meaning and purpose, and consider issues that interfere with spiritual growth, thus helping one lead a more authentic, spiritual life.

The term “spiritual direction” can be a bit misleading—which is why it is sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual companioning. Spiritual directors do not direct as much as they provide a safe space for individuals to share their stories and access their own inner wisdom. Likewise, spiritual directors do not give advice or solve problems, distinguishing spiritual direction from counseling or therapy.

Kathie Tilot, spiritual direction coordinator

Kathie Tilot, spiritual direction coordinator

At the NCS, spiritual direction is offered as a one-to-one experience in a private setting. Spiritual directors, men and women, both ordained and non-ordained, have received extensive training and have made a commitment to their own personal spiritual growth.

Throughout the years, the NCS has offered spiritual direction to hundreds of grateful people. While a donation is suggested, money is never meant to be an obstacle and financial assistance may be available. For many, the spiritual direction relationship has been a sacred, enriching experience.

“I am grateful beyond words for the opportunity,” shared one spiritual direction participant. “It brings alive my relationship with God and allows me to see God in all aspects of my life. What a difference this has made!”


Are you being led to something deeper? To learn more about spiritual direction contact Kathie Tilot, spiritual direction coordinator, at 920.337.4340 or kathie.tilot@norbertines.org.

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