John and his wife Alice-Marie moved to Decatur from Virginia in 2019. He trained as a spiritual director in a two-year program called Ruah at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical monastery in Richmond, Va. He was a member of the faculty for the following six years, leading retreats on discernment, spiritual growth, and handling shame. John’s approach...

Suzie Hawkins is a wife and mother of four. She holds a B.Ed. and a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia. Additionally, she has a Masters degree in Christian Spirituality and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Loyola University Chicago. Suzie attends St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville where she meets with directees both in-person...

Brad Hamrlik has served as a spiritual director since 2004 while earning his Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Loyola University in Chicago as a Jesuit in formation. He made the 30-day Silent Retreat form of the Spiritual Exercises and has led others through the 19th Annotation Retreat in Everyday Life form. Brad has served Ignatius...

Michele Berrell is a theology teacher at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Ga. and has been at there since 2002. She teaches the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Michle received a B.S. in Education from Georgia State University, and a Masters of Theological Studies and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring...

Mary Maio, MTS, CSD, graduated from Spring Hill Jesuit College in 2019 with a Master of Pastoral Studies and Certificate in Spiritual Direction. In 2022 she earned certification as an Enneagram Coach under the guidance of Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD. In Mary’s private practice, she accompanies others through the Spiritual Exercises, leads group spiritual direction, and...

Lisa Persons graduated from Candler School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 1996 and then worked as a hospice chaplain and with the mentally ill in downtown Atlanta. An associate of Green Bough House of Prayer since 1996, she delights in companioning others as they seek to deepen their experience of the Holy...

Maureen and her husband, Bob, have 6 adult children and 12 beautiful grandchildren. As a stay-at-home mom raising her young children, Maureen embraced the spirituality of “the little way,” recognizing the holy in the “ordinary”. In 1998 she returned to school, receiving a Masters in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College in 2001 and a...

Kathy Hoffman began her vocation as a high school teacher, and after taking a 20-year break from classroom teaching to raise three sons, she sensed a call to return to the profession she loves. In the time away, her passion for teaching and her love of the scriptures found expression in ministry as a lector...