List of All Spiritual Directors

Below is a list of Episcopal spiritual directors in Minnesota, with brief biographies and contact information.

Wendy Fernstrum, Spiritual Director

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 wendy@bigshadows.comLearn more about Wendy

Colleen Johnson, Spiritual Director

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” Learn more about Colleen

Dan Johnson, Spiritual Director

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

Jones, Morgan: Has served as a Lay Leader in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry for more than 30 years. Morgan has a special passion for persons who are experiencing significant life changes due to death, partnering or uncoupling, transitioning to an empty nest, etc. Morgan and his wife, Laura, also serve as music ministers across the country for Episcopal (and other denominations) congregations. Morgan believes the first priority is to Listen to the Directee for the moments of the Divine and then shine them back. You can reach Morgan at Learn more about Morgan

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, Learn more about Kate

Joan Olson, Spiritual Director

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: or 763-234-5213. Learn more about Joan


 Pikala, John received his spiritual direction certification through a five-year formation program at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in St Paul.  At Sacred Ground, John offers individual spiritual companioning to all, wherever you are on your journey, and whatever your faith tradition.  John also meets with people in Twelve Step recovery.  As well, John has been certified by Sacred Ground to lead directees through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. You may contact John at or 612.801.3857. Learn more about John.

Kathryn Porten, Spiritual Director

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 and by phone at 507-301-9545. Learn more about Jim

Mary Weddle, Spiritual Director

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 612-455-9395 or via email at Learn more about Mary

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