Ignatian Speakers Directory

The Ignatian Speakers Directory is an online resource that allows program organizers to find and contact speakers on Ignatian topics for talks, panels, days of prayers, etc. The Directory is free to use and is currently available within the boundaries of the Maryland and USA Northeast Jesuit Provinces.

The speakers in this directory have provided detailed information in their profiles. It is the responsibility of those seeking a speaker to determine the speaker’s suitability for their program. The Office of Ignatian Spirituality does not provide any other programming services through this Directory. Arrangements are made directly with the potential speaker. All other needs — e.g. venue, stipend, AV needs, etc. — are the responsibility of the seeker/host organization. Compliance with child protection requirements (if needed) is also the responsibility of the seeker/host organization.

If you find a speaker who is no longer available for the options listed, please let us know at amiller@jesuits.org so we may keep the information current.

*If you are a speaker interested in being included on this list, click here to register.*

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Dr. Carolyn Nickerson MSN, MA, EdD
Carrie completed postgraduate studies in spiritual and pastoral care at Loyola University in Maryland, formation in Ignatian spiritual direction and retreat ministries at Pneuma Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, and advanced studies in supervision at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality in Charleston, WV. She brings her experience in nursing education and higher education program planning and evaluation to her role on the Leadership Team of the Spiritual Direction and Leadership Program at Pneuma Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Carrie is a retired nurse educator and nurse midwife and also served as a program and institutional evaluator for specialized and regional accreditation organizations. Her research focused primarily on cognitive and role development in adults.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen, Other; whole person care
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Supported locations:
New England; Central and Western NY; PA/NJ; MD/DC/Northern VA
Language support: English

Donna Manko-Kochirka RN MA
Retired RN, associate Spiritual Director, assist with 19th Annotation via the Bridges Program, environmental activist.
Supported topics: The Spiritual Exercises, Social Justice/Care of Creation
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Language support: English

Fr. John Predmore, S.J.
I give retreats using painting/artwork/creativity as way of helping people find a prayer style unique to their spirituality. I use various meditative techniques to help a person free up their imagination and desires so that they can bring their hopes, desires, and suffering to the Lord. I use this model in a class I teach at Creighton University's Masters in Spirituality program. I also give retreats called "Creating Loving Conversations," using mindfulness practices as a way to listen deeply and to respond with compassion and understanding. Using an examination of unconsciousness and some breathing techniques, we learn how to acknowledge our suffering and the suffering of others.
Supported topics: Ignatian Spirituality/Prayer, The Spiritual Exercises, Discernment, The Examen, The Jesuits, Social Justice/Care of Creation
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Supported locations:
New England
Language support: English

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Eastern Point Retreat House
Eastern Point Retreat House, a grand house located on the Atlantic shore in Gloucester, Mass., has been welcoming retreatants since 1958.