Capuchin Retreat is blessed with many talented and dedicated people who work to serve the spiritual needs of all who come through our front doors. We have a preaching staff of two full time Capuchin friars, and four part-time lay women. We have Ovations Dining Service with Chef James and the faithful kitchen staff as your dining room hosts. We are blessed with many volunteers who enhance our charism of Franciscan hospitality. 

Fr. Tom Zelinski, Director - is our Director. He is a native of Menasha, WI.  Fr Tom was on staff here in 1989-1991, and returned in 2014.  In addition to being in Retreat Center Ministry for a total of 25 years, he also spent 7 years in a Parish.



Linda Andrews, Administrator - Linda Andrews joined us in May 2014 as Administrator of Capuchin Retreat. As Administrator, she oversees the daily operation of the center including the scheduling, maintenance, housekeeping, kitchen, finances and many odds and ends. Linda is a Spiritual Director, and also a certified Counselor and Educator.


Fr. Jerry Kessel, Capuchin, is a member of the preaching staff. He has spent 22 years in the preaching ministry just at Capuchin Retreat, and more years elsewhere. He has furthered his studies in Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley,CA. He is fluent in Spanish and ministers with the Hispanic community in the area.

Fr. Jim Andres, Capuchin, returned to Capuchin Retreat in 2010 from St. Ronald's Parish in Clinton Twp. He is also on the Preaching Staff for the Weekend retreats and Days of Reflection.

Br. Joe Howe, Capuchin, a member of the St. Crispin Friary for more than ten years, is the person always available to assist you during your visit. Brother Joe often leads retreats and other groups in Morning and Evening prayer.

Fr. Keith Clark, Capuchin, is also a member of the St Crispin Friary. His status is retired and he comes to us from Appleton, WI.

Fred Cavaiani is a part-time consultant for our programing and also presents a number of programs himself at the center. Fred is a professional psychologist with his own practice. He is a speaker in many parishes and other organizations throughout the Archdiocese and beyond. He has degrees both in theology and counseling.

Nicolette Ellinghausen joined us in 2010 as part time Administrative Assistant. Her organizational skills and deep commitment to the center enriches both the smooth running of Capuchin Retreat and the atmosphere of friendliness and kindness.

Kathy Beutel and James Balistreri are our musicians for weekend retreats and other programs. Jim and Kathy come with experience and enthusiasm and always enrich our liturgies.

Judy Hendershott, Licensed Massage Therapist, and her staff at Moonbeam Massage are available for massage therapy at the retreat center. Click here to see the brochure.

Bob O'Brien joined us in February, 2011 as the Maintenance Supervisor for the plant. He comes with many years of experience and knowledge. He coordinates the day to day upkeep of the center and helps with long range preventative maintenance.

Steve Endres, has worked in our maintenance department for the past12 years and coordinates with the Maintenance Supervisor for the smooth running of the facility and grounds on a daily basis.

Lesley Healy, joined the staff in July 2017 as a part time administrative assistant.  Her desire to joyfully serve others leads her here to assist in the hospitality and office work at Capuchin Retreat.

Cameron Aleck joined us in October, 2017 as our Housekeeper.  She keeps all the private rooms clean and inviting, including doing laundry and working with the Administrator in setting up for each group or individual.


Our Extended Preaching Staff

Diane McDonald is a member of the extended preaching staff. She works for Angela Hospice as Director of Spiritual Care, and has served as staff chaplain for oncology and hospice units.  Ms McDonald is a certified thanatologist and an advanced bereavement facilitator.  She is currently a canon law procurator advocate for the Archdiocese of Detroit Marriage Tribunal, and returns to Capuchin Retreat having been on the extended preaching staff several years ago.  Diane is active in the community and has worked extensively with the homeless.

Sally McCuen guides others to enter into the Mystery of God’s love through scripture studies, spiritual direction, and retreats.  She works full time at the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, MI.  Her background spans high school religion teacher, college adjunct professor, campus minister, RCIA coordinator, and spiritual director.  Sally holds a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  She is happily married to Patrick since 1986 and is raising they have two young adult daughters.

Nancy Clancy is recently retired after ministering for 30 years within the Archdiocese of Detroit.  She has served as a Youth Minister, Director of Faith Formation, Adult Formation, and the office of Family Ministry at Christ the Redeemer in Lake Orion.  Nancy has a Master's Degree in Religious Studies and numerous post graduate classes in spirituality and prayer.  She has published several articles in the Religion Teachers' Journal and co-authored a program for Lay Ministry Training, titled "ACTS, A Call to Serve."  On a personal level, Nancy has been married for 37 years to Richard, and is the proud parent of two young adults.