Retreat Presenter Biographies

Listed below you will find information about our regular retreat presenters. We are grateful to be able to partner with these knowledgable, humble and Spirit-filled men and women to offer life-giving and life-changing retreats and programs, all of which are created to support each guest in their spiritual journeys to a deeper relationship with God.

Thanks to each of them for all that they offer us and our guests.

 

Cathy Campbell, SP
  • Sr. Cathy Campbell, SP, D.Min., is a religious educator, freelance writer & editor, workshop facilitator, and companion to elders facing the challenges of aging physically & mentally. Believing in holistic approaches rooted in Providence spirituality, she offers workshops and retreats to provide opporitunities for individuals to discover their own gifts for peacemaking and for caring for themselves in a holistic manner. She has facilitated retreats and workshops in nonviolent communication as a volunteer with the Peace Learning Center, as campus minister at Providence Cristo Rey High School, as an adjunct instructor in the Educational Leadership program at Dominican University, and as a consultant to Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. More recently as a companion to elders and their caregivers, Sr. Cathy has developed retreats and programs to provide moments of joy and respite. A Sister of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, she is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Indianapolis.
Liz Escoffery
  • Liz Escoffery, FCP, is a FertilityCare Practitioner in Indianapolis who accompanies many women and couples who have chosen to learn the Creighton Model and to receive NaPro Technology medical treatment in an effort to diagnose and treat the root causes of infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and other reproductive conditions. Liz is married, has one son and expecting her second child in the spring of 2016. Previous ministry experience includes working for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as the Associate Director of Vocations.
Rev. Jim Farrell
  • Fr. Jim Farrell is Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Indianapolis and Director of Mission Advancement for Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House. He is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Saint Meinrad College and the Angelicum University in Rome. Ordained by Pope Paul VI in 1975, Fr. Jim has served in several parishes throughout the archdiocese including Sacred Heart (Jeffersonville), St. Barnabas, St. Andrew the Apostle, Our Lady of Lourdes, Good Shepherd (all in Indianapolis) as well as serving as dean of the New Albany deanery from 1993-1996. Fr. Jim has been a retreat director since the very early days of his priesthood, and he began offering parish missions in the 1990's. His retreat work has been offered throughout the archdiocese as well as in Alaska, Washington D.C., Florida, Kentucky, and Minnesota. He has recorded a very popular series of guided meditation CD's entitled Pathways to Prayer. Fr. Jim has visited the country of Uganda several times since 1996 and continues to support the work of a mission there in the Arua diocese of Uganda. His interests include walking and reading.
Rev. Jeff Godecker
  • Fr Jeff Godecker has been a priest of the Archdiocese for 46 years, serving in a variety of capacities including as a high school religion teacher, campus minister, pastor of two parishes and in the Office of Catholic Education as the religious education director. He is regarded as a good homilist and teacher. He retired as Catholic chaplain of Butler University in July of 2013 but remains active in a variety of sacramental and religious formation settings. Fr. Jeff currently offers several retreats at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House including a series on the Spirituality of Aging. He resides in one of the private residences at Fatima. Fr. Jeff's interests include traveling, cooking and dining with friends and family, and reading. We are blessed to have Fr. Jeff supporting our ministries here at Fatima and to have him in residence here.
Rev. Keith Hosey
  • Fr. Keith Hosey is a retired priest of the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana and will celebrate his 60th Anniversary to the priesthood in the fall of 2016. He was the director of John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City for over 40 years, 1966 - 2006. Fr. Keith is in residence in Sabbath House at Fatima Retreat House and assists with the Tobit Marriage Preparation Weekends, Masses for our silent days of reflection, and facilitates other retreats here and across the country. We are blessed to have Fr. Keith in residence at Fatima.
Rev. Michael Hoyt
  • Fr. Michael Hoyt, a native of Indianapolis, is the 6th of 9 children of parents Dan and Judy Hoyt. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree from Ball State University he joined a religious order based in France. Fr. Michael was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. During his years in the religious life he served in many different ministerial settings both in the USA and in Europe. He is currently the administrator of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Indianapolis. He is a licensed social worker and provides pastoral counseling for individuals; however, he is not able to dedicate much of his time to this ministry due to his other reponsibilities. One of Fr. Michael's areas of interest is the intersection between spirituality and mental health.
Connie Kramer, SP
  • Providence Sister Connie Kramer is a former parish life coordinator having served in this capacity at St. Ann Parish, Terre Haute. While there she was director of the St. Ann Community Outreach Services as well as St. Ann Dental Services. Sr. Connie entered the congregation of The Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, in the fall of 1964 and in addition to parish life coordinator, she has served as a high school teacher, business officer, religious education director, and parish pastoral associate. Recently, Sr. Connie received a certification as a Grief Specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute (2012) and certification as a Spiritual Director from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction (2013). Sr. Connie has been part of a team offering a weekend retreat on grief at Fatima Retreat House as well as offering other days of reflection on grief. In 2016, she will begin offering an annual grief program for parents who have had miscarriages or who have experienced the death of a young child. She is also very active in the Ignatian Spirituality Project retreats in Indianapolis.
Kathleen McNamara Sisk
  • Kathleen is a certified spiritual director, trained at the Cenacle Spiritual Direction Institute in Houston, Texas. Since graduating from Purdue University in 1977, she has taught CCE, facilitated scripture study and worked in social service ministry in parishes in Texas, Norway and Egypt. Kathleen and her husband Carl have been married for 35 years and have 3 children. While serving on the staff at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Houston from 2004 – 2011, Kathleen offered guided days of prayer to individuals and small groups. “In searching for God’s presence in scripture, prayer and the experiences of our lives, we find our most intimate trusted companion.”

Sonia-Maria Raposo
  • Sonia-Maria Raposo moved to the US from Canada where she was a paralegal in corporate law. After moving here with her husband of four years, Konrad, she changed careers. Sonia-Maria is currently a FertilityCare Practitioner who teaches the Creighton Model natual family planning system. She teaches single, engaged or married women about their fertility and helps them in whatever situation they may currently find themselves, including whether they are trying to achieve or avoid pregnancy, want to monitor gynecological issues, or are struggling with infertility. On a personal note, she and her husband have been struggling with infertility since 2013 and are currently using the Creighton Model.
Mary Schaffner
  • Mary is on staff at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House as the Associate Director of Spirituality Ministries. In addition to her work with silent directed retreats and on-going spiritual direction, Mary offers Ignatian retreats in everyday life, days of reflection and preached retreats. Mary brings experience as a religion teacher, high school campus minister, young adult minister, director of religious education, pastoral associate and most importantly, the experience of encountering the graces of God in her own and other’s lives. Mary holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology as well as a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University. Mary and her husband John have five children and three grandchildren.

Fr. Tim Wyciskalla
  • Fr. Tim Wyciskalla was born and raised on the south side of Indianapolis in St. Barnabas Parish. He attended St. Barnabas grade school and Roncalli High School, where he graduated in 2006. After high school Fr. Tim entered Bishop Brute' College Seminary and attended Marian University where he obtained a Bachelor of Art degree in Philosophy and European History. He graduated from Marian in 2010 and continued his graduate seminary studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology where he earned a Master of Divinity. His first assignment after ordination in June 2014 was at St. Malachy Parish, Brownsburg as associate pastor. In 2015 Fr. Tim was appointed associate pastor at SS Francis and Clare Parish as well as chaplain at Roncalli High School.

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