Spiritual Directors

Are you looking for someone to accompany you on your spiritual journey, to offer guidance, support and tools for deepening your relationship with God? The spiritual directors on our list are willing to come in to The Star to do directed retreats, depending on timing and availability. You can also book regular spiritual direction sessions with a director. Contact us at 780-459- 5511, programs@starofthenorth.ca for contact information for our Spiritual Directors.


With a compassionate, listening presence Spiritual Direction provides support with tools for discernment, growth in self-awareness and prayer development for helping others on their spiritual journey. I see Spiritual Direction as assisting another to hear the Spirit’s guidance within themselves to authenticate, integrate, and nurture growth as human beings fully alive in God. I have enjoyed accompanying people on their spiritual journey since 2009. I completed the two year Spiritual Direction Formation program through Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre in Saskatoon, SK. I have a B.Ed. from the U. of A. and I am currently completing an M.A. in Spirituality through Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX. I presently work as the Executive Director of Star of the North Retreat Centre.


I believe as a spiritual companion my role is to listen deeply with the heart, to allow the Spirit of God to lead and be the guide in the spiritual journey. In journeying together we can explore the ways in which you experience God’s presence in your daily life, and seek ways to deepen and grow in that relationship. I have a Master of Theological Studies degree, and my training in Spiritual Direction is through the Haden Institute. I have a grounding in contemplation, the use of dreams and Jungian psychology in spiritual direction, spiritual discernment, the spirituality of the mystics, and the care of soul/mind/body. I am the Program Coordinator at Star of the North.


Archbishop Sylvain has been journeying with people on their spiritual path for over 40 years. During that journey he has gained a lot of wisdom that he has expressed in a book on Indigenous ministry (Drumming From Within) and two on addictions awareness (Walk A New Path and Together We Heal). His method of spiritual accompaniment is to listen to the story, affirm the person, prayerfully discern the movement of the Spirit in the person’s life, connect faith and scripture with life, and provide gentle direction for moving forward towards healing and greater wholeness.


I believe in the process of spiritual direction that we are in a sacred space of “attentive listening to the music of the heart”, to the action of the Divine Presence within us. The Spirit of God is the main guide in the process of the Spiritual director/guide listening to a directee share their personal journey and how they are desirous of growing in their relationship with God. Scriptural prayer has been a nurturing factor in my life, and I have a background in Ignatian spirituality. I am a 2-time cancer survivor who trusts in Providence and walks in hope. I have also stretched myself with a variety of workshops relative to adult spiritual formation and growth including Myers-Briggs (Personality Type and Spirituality), Co-dependency, Enneagram, and Progroff Intensive Journaling.


Patricia is a trained and experienced spiritual director & supervisor, retreat leader, and professional facilitator. Patricia spent seven years as director of the Presence Spiritual Direction Program. She is also trained with several years’ experience to journey with those who wish to experience the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.


I am a retired high school teacher-chaplain. Spiritual accompaniment is a way of being.  Internship in  the  art of Spiritual Direction through  the MERCY CENTER in Burlingame, California deepened my love and skills for accompanying people on their spiritual journey. It is "sacred work" to listen intently to God’s actions in the directee’s life and to play this back to the directee for further prayer and discernment.  My formation in spiritual direction carries over into various forms of volunteer ministry at the Retreat Centre, at St. Albert Parish and the wider Community.


I was ordained in 1978 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Winnipeg, MB. I served as parish priest in several parishes in Manitoba and was a Prison Chaplain for three years. I served as a Chaplain for the R.C.M.P for 32 years in Manitoba and for 5 years in BC. I was the Director of Foyer Lacombe for two years and am the present assistant chaplain at Foyer Youville.


I have trained in the gentle art of spiritual direction at Providence Renewal Centre Edmonton, the Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ont. and with Louis Savary author of “The New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.” I am a retired Massage Therapist. Nurtured in the Anglican tradition, I am interested in eco-centered spirituality, leading meditations and retreats. For many years I have been a companion supporting those seeking a deeper, richer relationship with God as they embrace their own stories, helping them see that God has been waiting for them all along with love and grace.


As a spiritual director for 14 years, I hold a Master of Arts in Spirituality from St. Stephen’s College. I am a graduate of the Presence Program of Providence Renewal Centre and have training in several energy healing modalities, as well as being a facilitator of family system constellations. The Enneagram is one of my passions, having studied extensively with the Enneagram Institute of Stone Ridge, New York. More recently I received a certificate in grief counselling from Taking Flight International and I am currently studying to become an end-of- life guide. A life-long member of the United Church of Canada, I describe myself as having Christian roots and Cosmic branches, with a spirituality deeply centered in embodied awareness, interconnectedness and wholeness. In my work, I seek to cultivate holy ground so that eternal Love, Light, and Wisdom can be discerned in the particulars of your unique story.


I am a retired Priest of the Anglican Church who has been involved in the ministry of Spiritual Direction for over 35 years. I am very interested in and supportive of those ministries which foster ongoing, integrated spiritual formation. What has sustained and focused me through all the times of my life has been God, powerfully at work, in the Eucharist, prayer, the gift of the Liturgy, and the community of the Church.

DR. CAROLINE NOLAN, Pastoral Psychologist

Dr. Caroline Nolan enjoys helping people achieve new insights and possible ways of coping with challenges in a healthy way.  Originally from Ireland, she is down to earth and authentic, with sense of humour. She will work with you to ’unpack’ what is going on in your life with patience and kindness. Through psychological counselling she helps clients improve their physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health. Her focus is to connect with them and to establish a working relationship that helps them discover, explore and grow through the therapeutic approaches and conversations. Dr. Nolan is a Registered Psychologist, with a Masters in Counselling Psychology, a Masters and PhD in Theology. Visit her website at www.stalbertpsychology.com

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