Gloria Toole, a retired educator, is a Spiritual Director who serves through the FCJ Centre. She is also an elder, children's church coordinator/teacher, facilitator for a Spiritual Companioning group and co-facilitator of a grief support group within her home congregation. Gloria has meditated for over 30 years and has studied and practiced Christian contemplative prayer for two decades. She is married and has a grown stepson.
Fr. Charles Pottie-Pâté, SJ
Fr. Charles Pottie-Pâté,SJ is originally from Nova Scotia with Acadian roots. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1959 and has completed 54 years as a Jesuit. Father Charles has been giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola since 1970 in one form or another, accompanying people in their journey of faith. He has been in the Calgary diocese since September of 2011 and his ministry involves the continuation of his work with Ignatian Spirituality including the Spiritual Exercises, retreats, and spiritual direction. Father Charles is a musician, plays the piano and organ and has been involved in liturgical music ministry for several years.
Sr. Elizabeth Poilievre, fcJ
As a Faithful Companion of Jesus (fcJ), Sr. Elizabeth has experienced God’s deep, abiding presence calling, guiding, challenging her to discover more and more who she is in God. She is an experienced spiritual director and leader of prayer/retreats for groups. She has the capacity for deep listening and helping people make connections between the sacred and the ordinary experiences of people's lives. Sr. Elizabeth's formation in spiritual direction and retreat ministry is from Loyola House, Guelph, ON in 1997, and a MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, NE in 2006. She has also participated in the Returning to Spirit program which was developed to help people heal from residential school issues. Sr. Elizabeth has seen how sharing the sacred ground of one’s story with another person in the presence of the Divine enables people to live into greater fullness of the person they can become.
Andy Jackson has been meditating for the past 30 years. He began by taking the meditation class offered by Engeline Piet at the FCJ Centre, and has meditated weekly with her ever since. He also completed the teaching meditation course offered by the World Community for Christian Meditation also offered at the FCJ Centre. He has a master’s degree in education and was a teacher and administrator for many years.
Paula D'Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001, she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman's voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and When People Grieve. Watch for Paula's newest works: STARS AT NIGHT: When Darkness Unfolds as Light (2016) and WINTER OF THE HEART: Finding Your Way through the Mystery of Grief (2018).
Florence Dickson life has been enriched by a daily meditation practice of over 30 years under the guidance of Engeline Piet. She believes that spiritual growth and personal transformation begins when we learn to “be still”, meditate on Scriptures, and connect with God in spirit and truth. Florence loves to combine the Scriptures and Biblical principle along with Christian meditation to promote a greater awareness of God. Florence completed the Teacher Training course offered by the World Community for Christian Meditation at the School of Christian Meditation.
Cynthia Brown, B.ED, AT, DKATI, is a professional art therapist and educator co-creating relationships in the fields of art, expressive therapies and education. She has facilitated workshops and sessions with groups and individuals using art therapy in various settings and is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She is certified in Therapeutic Body Mapping, is a Touch Drawing facilitator, and teaches kindergarten working with several Independent arts and nature based schools. Cynthia has taught English in Japan and has travelled extensively throughout the world. She lives with her husband in Cochrane, Alberta.