Spiritual Direction


Date: Coordinate with spiritual director

Time: Coordinate with spiritual director

Spiritual direction provides an opportunity to nurture one’s relationship with God through individual guidance. Spiritual direction is a privileged time and place to reflect with another individual about one’s relationship with God. The focus of spiritual direction is one’s life with God as it is lived out in daily experiences.

Spiritual Directors:
Sister Susan Chase
Sister Susan Chase, SCL – Marillac Staff (schase@scls.org)
Sister Susan, retreat coordinator of Marillac Center, completed the Souljourners program in spiritual direction in 2010 with additional study of discernment and the Spiritual Exercises through the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City and the Art of Retreat Direction at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California. She previously taught biological sciences for 30 plus years at the University of Saint Mary with a special interest in the integration of faith with scientific understanding.


Sister Karen Guth
Sister Karen Guth, SCL (kguth@scls.org)
Sister Karen is available for spiritual direction and can be reached at 913-250-6500. Sister Karen is actively involved in spiritual direction and retreat ministry and has facilitated workshops with women’s groups. Sister Karen has a master’s degree in theology with an emphasis in spirituality. She completed the Vincentian Spiritual Directors Program in Denver in 1998. She previously taught in Catholic schools; coordinated Making Choices, a program that trained women volunteers to mentor incarcerated women; and served as a team member at Marillac Center.


Sister Judith Jackson

Sister Judith Jackson, SCL — Marillac Staff (mjackson@scls.org)
Sister Judith has been a teacher, administrator, hospital and hospice chaplain, and healthcare leader in mission integration/ministry formation/ethics. She has presented widely as a reflector and story-teller. Sister Judith has a master’s degree in spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, and advanced training in clinical pastoral education.


Sister Mary Pat Johnson

Sister Mary Pat Johnson, SCL (m.p.j.scl@gmail.com)
Sister Mary Pat is available for spiritual direction and can be reached at 816-806-7889 or m.p.j.scl@gmail.com. Sister Mary Pat has many years’ experience as a spiritual director. She holds a master’s degree in Christian spirituality with certification in spiritual direction from Creighton University, Omaha. Sister Mary Pat serves on the staff of the Souljourners’ certification program for spiritual directors in Atchison, Kansas.


Sister Mary Pat Lenahan

Sister Mary Pat Lenahan, SCL (mlenahan@scls.org)
Sister Mary Pat successfully completed the Souljourners Spiritual Direction Program in 2019. This program focuses on the contemplative, evocative process. Currently serving as Director of Initial Formation, she companions discerners and newer members in her congregation. In 2014, she completed the ForMission program, sponsored by the Religious Formation Conference for formators. Prior to that, she served as teacher and administrator in high schools and was a professor in the education department at the University of Saint Mary for 24 years. She is an avid reader, especially in the areas of spirituality, prayer, religious life, global concerns and social justice issues.

Sister Phyllis StowellSister Phyllis Stowell, SCL (pstowell@scls.org)
Sister Phyllis holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of St. Mary with a minor in theology and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Catholic Educational Leadership. She holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction, Tucson, AZ. She is an experienced spiritual director since 2009 and has worked with small church communities, provided instruction on the use of journaling in spiritual growth, and as facilitator of women’s prayer groups within the parish. She previously was a founding member of the Shekina Spirituality Center, Santa Fe, NM.


  • Suggested offering of $40 per session or what you are able to contribute.

Register by phone or email: Contact Sister Judith Jackson at mjackson@scls.org or 913-758-9722.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CALL 913-758-6552 EMAIL retreats@scls.org

Marillac Center
4200 S. 4th Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Our team offers spiritual direction in Marillac Center and in other locations on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Mother House.

Title Address Description
Marillac Center
4200 S 4th St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, USA4200 South 4th Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048-5054
Marillac Center

4200 South 4th Street
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

Phone: 913-758-6552

Email: retreats@scls.org