Eastern Iowa-Western Illinois Spiritual Directors


Editor’s Note: The publishing of this list of spiritual directors is not intended as an endorsement by The Catholic Messenger or the Diocese of Davenport.

Eastern Iowa-Western Illinois Spiritual Directors       


Jim Connell, Bettendorf, 563.357.2560, jimconnell52732@hotmail.com. BS from St. Ambrose University-Davenport, spiritual direction training from the Cenacle, School of Ignatian Spirituality, Clearwater Fla. Commissioned by the Diocese of Davenport’s Ministry Formation Program, certification in Biblical Counseling, Light University.



Sr. Michael Marie Burns, OSF, 563.242.7903 x3529, smmbosf@gmail.com. She has a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola, Chicago, and an MA in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure in New York. She completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wis. She is a spiritual guide for those seeking clarity, insight, compassion and hope.

Sr. Paschal Hocum, OSF, 563.242.7903 x2389, paschal1930@comcast.net.  A Franciscan Sister for 57 years, she has MAs in Theological Studies and Math and Certification for Spiritual Direction from Mercy in Burlingame, Calif. She has companioned persons from Catholic, Protestant and Buddhist backgrounds, persons from many different cultures, women and men, lay and religious.

Sr. Annamarie Marcalus OSF, 319.512.1262 landline or 319.331.6263 cell, osfmarcalus@gmail.com. Willing and able to participate in private and group retreats, summer camp activities and at summer retreat centers. Completed SGTP in Racine, Wis.

Sr. Kathleen Sadler, OSF 563.242.7903 Ex. 2383, osfspiritualdirection@yahoo.com 

Certification in Spiritual Guidance from the Siena Retreat Center. in Racine WI, on-going Spiritual Guidance from the Institute for Spiritual Guidance, maintains membership in Spiritual Direction International and completed a two-year ministry program at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL.  Kathleen serves on the Retreat Committee, Spiritual Enrichment Committee and Liturgy Committee in Clinton.  A spiritual guide who welcomes all who desire to grow and deepen their spiritual life and for those who seek peace, compassion, and hope.  Besides Spiritual Direction, Kathleen also offers Days of Reflection and Retreats.


Marcia Moore, M.S.Ed., Davenport, 563.324.7263, marcia@eagleswings.ws. Eagles’ Wings Counseling, Spiritual Direction and Retreats. Graduate of Western Illinois University, agency counseling, Certified in Ignatian Spirituality from the Franciscan University of Steubenville through the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School for Spiritual Direction, Clearwater, Fla. Marcia founded Eagles’ Wings and has been in ministry over 25 years with emphasis on inner healing, counseling both couples and individuals.  Trained in Unbound ministry, she leads teams in praying for individuals who seek freedom through prayer.

Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, MPS, 641.521.6690, tammynorcross45@gmail.com .Worked in parish ministry for almost 25 years.  Currently serving as a campus minister at St. Ambrose University.  Spiritual Direction certification from the Benedictine Peace Center, Yankton, SD. Widowed mother of four adult children; now remarried.

Helen Schiltz, M.A.P.S., Davenport, 563.388.3927, sweethelenstory@yahoo.com. Married, three grown children, MA in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. She has experienced loss, grief and recovery in her life, including a loss and rebirth of faith. She is passionate about the struggle to find one’s voice and supporting new voices. With 15 years’ experience, she is open to directing women of any faith or age. Her spirituality is holistic and contemplative.

Andrea Willaert, B.S., M.P.S., Davenport, 563.359.6133, alwillaert@gmail.com. Catholic;

B.S. in Psychology from Illinois State University, MA in Pastoral Studies from St. Ambrose University and certificate in Spiritual Direction through St. Ambrose University. A married lay woman with three adult children, two of whom are gay, she has a special passion and hope for justice within our Christian communities for gay, lesbian and transgender people and their families.

Iowa City
Marsha Lowe, Soul Friends Ministry, Iowa City, marshalowe@gmail.com, 319.339.4267 home, 319.321.7911 cell. Training through the Spiritual Formation Program at Shalem Institute. She considers it a privilege to accompany women of all ages in a journey of peace and joy.


Out of Diocese

Cedar Rapids

Carole Butz, Marion, Iowa, 319.899.4941, carolebutz@gmail.com. A Lutheran laywoman certified in Spiritual Direction through the Franciscan Spirituality Center of La Crosse, Wis., where she is an adjunct supervisor with the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program. She is active in Contemplative Outreach International and serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer’s Association.

Deb Cannon, Solon, 319.321.7195, deb@debcannon.com, Certified in Spiritual Direction from Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wis. Affiliate of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Sheri Daylong, Rhythms of Grace. sdaylong4peace@gmail.com. 515.391.1068. Rhythms of Grace is a ministry offering safe space and a safe presence for deep listening. She received her training from the Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wis., and maintains membership in Spiritual Directors International. She is committed to the practices of a contemplative life style. She is a former hospital Chaplain and United Methodist pastor.

Marcie Watson, First Lutheran Church, ELCA, Cedar Rapids, 319.365.1494, marciew@firstlutherancr.org.  Trained at the Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, Mich. Twenty years’ experience companioning lay and clergy, men and women, differing denominational backgrounds, individuals and groups, through spiritual direction and retreats.


Marilyn Dansart, 563.556.7645,  mdansart@hotmail.com.   A married, Catholic, laywoman, certified in Spiritual Direction from Franciscan Spirituality Ctr. in La Crosse, Wis., she has 15 years’ experience directing  lay and vowed men and women, persons from diverse cultures, college seminary students, (Divine Word College) and deacon and lay ministry candidates. In 2003 she completed an MA in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.  She has facilitated contemplative prayer groups for 18 years.

Sue Hird-Pregler, St. Catherine’s (seven miles south of Dubuque) 563.588.4409, sucanoes@aol.com.  Graduate of the Center for Spiritual Guidance, St. Paul, Minn. Passionate about this ministry, she and her husband also offer time/space in a primitive cabin on a wooded acreage as a place of solitude and silence.

Linda Manternach, Dubuque Iowa, 563.543.8920, lmanternach@hotmail.com.  Trained in the contemplative tradition of spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C.  Parent to four children, working toward a license in Marriage and Family Therapy. Linda companions people of any faith tradition or no tradition.

Dorothy Schwendinger, OSFSchwendingerd@osfdbq.org, 563.564.5911 or 563.583.9786.  MA in Counseling from Loyola University; MA in Theology from St. Mary’s University; Spiritual Direction Program, La Crosse, Wis.; training at the Jung Institute Chicago; Internship at Cabrini Retreat House, Chicago area;  experience in congregational leadership and formation work. Open to direction all faiths and all spiritual journeys.

Illinois Quad Cities

Rhea Frank-Cottingham, Rock Island, Ill., 309.781.8546, cottingham3@juno.com.
BA in Social Work, Augustana College. Certified Spiritual Director through St. Ambrose University and the Prayer and Spirituality Center. Oblate of St. Mary Monastery, OSB.  Widow and mother of two young adults. Employed for the past 25 years as a care coordinator for the elderly with Alternatives for the Older Adult.

Sr. Kathleen Mullin, BVM, Rock Island, Ill., 309.762.2362 (W), 309.788.1411 (H). kathymulli@aol.com

A Catholic elder trained in spiritual direction – primarily Ignatian spirituality, she has many years of experience as a spiritual companion and facilitator of retreats, mostly with women and Christians. She serves on the staff of a Moline, Ill., parish.

Sr. Margaret T. Murphy OSB, Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Mary Monastery Rock Island, Ill., 309.283.2232, murpgy@smmsisters.org. Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis.

Sr. Mary M. Schmidt OSB, Rock Island, Ill.  309.283.2238, mschmidt@smmsisters.org.  Certificates from Mt. Angel, Oregon, and Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, SD.  Interested in walking with whoever needs to deepen their spirituality.

Rev. Daniel Witkowski, Moline, Ill., 309.764.3517, pastorwitkowski@hotmail.com. Lutheran, trained in Ignatian Spirituality using The Spiritual Exercises, Certification in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University; M.A. in Christian Spirituality from Creighton; M. Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary, and pastor of First Lutheran Church, Moline.



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