Spiritual Directors

Spiritual Direction is offered by more than 15 spiritual directors in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Below are introductions to many of these diverse spiritual directors and links to pages where you can learn more.

JeanetteBestlandSm Bestland, Jeanette has dealt with her own spirituality issues for 35+ years, and received her training in Ignation Spirituality and is certified by Sacred Ground. Her struggles have included addiction, divorce and loss of family, etc, and she has faced them with compassion, strength and confidence. She seeks to serve others with her hard earned wisdom. She sees people in her home and be reached @ 763-561-8056 or via email jeanettebestland@gmail.com. Learn more about Jeanette

patricia_blakely_lg Blakely, Patricia is a spiritual director and contemplative retreat leader.  Her emphasis is on the “art of inner listening,” awakening to the presence of the Mystery we call God through contemplative practices, ancient and modern, eastern and western. Patricia enjoys working with individuals and with small groups in her home in downtown Minneapolis and at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Patricia can be reached via email at pkblakely@aol.com and by phone at 612-824-3350. Learn more about Patricia

WendyFernstrum150 Fernstrum, Wendy is a certified spiritual director and a visual artist. “For me, the studio is a sacred, contemplative space, and making art is a form of prayer. Each moment of the day, in fact, is an opportunity to take my spiritual practice from the yoga mat or the meditation cushion to everyday life. In a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, God tells us to make big shadows He can move in, and I’m honored to be a spiritual companion to those who want to make more space for the divine in their lives.” Wendy can be reached at 651-395-8275 or via emailLearn more about Wendy

ColleenJohnson150 Johnson, Colleen: “Spiritual Direction honors the Divine within each of us. When we are allowed to be our true selves, we begin hearing the heartbeat of God alongside our own heartbeats, and when we are allowed to ask deep questions we begin to experience the healing we long for and the discernment we seek. I meet with individuals as well as groups. You may contact me by phone at 651-402-9342 (cell) or email at colleen_peace@hotmail.com.” Learn more about Colleen

DanJohnsonsm Johnson, Dan: “I have been practicing spiritual direction since 1997, specializing in helping people notice God in the particulars of everyday living. Finding contemplative spiritual practices that can be integrated into busy lives is one of my passions. I was trained in spiritual direction at Christos Center and completed additional studies in Ignatian spirituality at Creighton University. You can reach me at dan.johnson.spd@gmail or (651)808-1438.” Learn more about Dan

Krakowski, Michele has been listening to sacred stories of individuals for over a decade.  She received her training and certification through the Cenacle in Wayzata.  Michele has always made her home in the Episcopal Church and is comfortable with seekers of many beliefs and traditions. She meets with people at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in St. Paul and can be reached at 651.696.2765 or via email at michelek@sacredground spirit.org. Learn more about Michele

Kate Maxwell, Spiritual Director Maxwell, Kate has had the privilege of walking with people on their spiritual journeys for more than 30 years. She has worked with people who describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious,’ individuals in crisis or discernment, those who have experienced abuse, and those who simply want to deepen their relationship with God. Kate leads retreats and workshops, and is open to using technology for direction. 651-263-3840, katemaxwell1109@gmail.com. Learn more about Kate

joan_olson_sm Olson, Joan began her journey in spiritual direction in 1991 as a directee at The Cenacle in Wayzata. She received her Master’s Degree in Theology at the College of St. Catherine in 1997 and her certificate in Spiritual Direction at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in 2008. Joan has worked in adult faith formation at the Basilica of Saint Mary and as a hospice and hospital chaplain. Joan has a passion for end-of-life issues, grief work and the questions that arise from life’s losses. Contact: jsco@me.com or 763-234-5213. Learn more about Joan

kathrynporten Porten, Kathryn has been in spiritual direction and practicing the techniques of prayerful listening within her own community for over 20 years. Contemplative practices have been a central part of her journey for much of her adult life. She is interested in working with adults from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines and is developing a special practice working with adults who have cognitive challenges. Learn more about Kathryn

Mike Sirany, Spiritual Director Sirany, Mike (MA, theology) received his spiritual direction training through the Wayzata Cenacle, and has been directing for 19 years. With an Ignatian and 12-Step background, and a deep belief in a loving God, he is a compassionate, listening presence for those whom he companions. He teaches and supervises in the spiritual direction training program at Sacred Ground, and has taught theology at the University of St. Catherine for 11 years.  Mike can be reached at 651-483-8261, or at msirany@comcast.netLearn more about Mike

Jim Young, Spiritual Director Young, Jim: “We are our stories. Storytelling is at the heart of spiritual direction.  Through deep and prayerful listening to the stories of individuals, I help them connect to the story of God’s abiding presence in our lives.   I am a graduate of the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation where I am on the staff as a small group facilitator.” Jim can be reached via email at revjryoung@gmail.com and by phone at 507-301-9545. Learn more about Jim

mary-weddle-sm Weddle, Mary: Give yourself the gift of spiritual direction! Mary welcomes seekers at all phases of spiritual exploration who wish to attune to and nurture the sacred – however named or unnamed – in the ordinary, and not-so-ordinary events of their lives. A contemplative Christian, she practices Centering Prayer and Tai Chi Chih. She is a member of the Contemplative Body of the Episcopal House of Prayer. You can reach Mary by phone at 952-927-9357 or via email at weddleml@aol.com. Learn more about Mary