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, four part-time lay women, along with an auxiliary preaching staff of eight. 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. Finally, we have an Advisory Board of dedicated and eager people who advise the Capuchin Retreat Director in the areas of finance, fundraising, marketing and spirituality.
Fr. Tom Zelinski, Director - firstname.lastname@example.org is our Director. He comes from Marathon, WI. Fr Tom had been on staff here for a couple of years in 1990-1992 and we're so happy to have him back with us.
Linda Andrews, Administrator - email@example.com 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 also a certified Counselor and Educator.
Fr. Jerry Kessel, Capuchin, is a member of the preaching staff. He has spent 18 years in the preaching ministry, and has spent over 10 years at Capuchin Retreat. 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.
Brother Joe Howe, Capuchin, a member of the St. Crispin Friary for the past 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 "semi-retired" and he comes to us from Appleton, WI.
Mr. 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.
James Balistreri is our music director along with Kathy Beutel. They are our musicians for weekend retreats and other programs. Jim and Kathy come with experience and enthusiasm and always enrich our liturgies.
Judy Schornak, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, and Ann Schornak, Certified Massage Therapist, are available to enhance your retreat experience. Click here to see the brochure.
Katie Araj has been with us for the past 19 years as housekeeper, keeping all the private rooms clean and inviting, doing laundry and working with the Administrator in setting up for each group or individual.
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.
Our Extended Preaching Staff
Betty Navarre is a member of the extended preaching staff. She is a commissioned spiritual director and has also worked in parish ministry as a staff person for adult formation. She is co-director for The Week of Guided Prayer and has done series of presentations in Bible Study. She has been married for 41 years with 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.
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 for 27 years and is raising two daughters, 13 & 19.
Nancy Clancy is recently retired after ministering for 30 years within the Archdiocese of Detroit. She has served as a Youth Minister, Directors 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 Relitious Teachers' Journl and co-authored a program for Lay Ministry Training, titled "ACTS, A Call to Serve." On a personal level, Nancy has been married for 35 years to Richard, and is the proud parent of two young adults,