Joanne Podlucky OP, who joined the staff of the Dominican Center for Religious Development in 2005 as the Administrator of the Center, received a graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center for Religious Development. She now serves as the Director of the Center. Sister Joanne earned a BA in English from LaRoche University, Pittsburgh, PA, and MA in Mass Communications from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. She studied Theology at Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI, and attended numerous workshops as well as classes on the Old Testament, Psalms, the Gospels and Christology.
For over 12 years, her communications ministry led her to work on projects about women, health care and education throughout the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic and South Africa, as well as Mercy Health Services (now part of Trinity Health System) based in Farmington Hills, MI. As Director of Communications there, Sister Joanne worked closely with the Office of Mission Effectiveness. She served as Director of Communications for the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Sisters of Mercy Regional Community and Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Southeast Michigan. Sister Joanne has experience in teaching, adult faith formation, spiritual direction and retreat ministry. She has ministered in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, PA; Montgomery, Al; Detroit and Lansing, MI; and Chicago, IL. Joanne serves on the Nurses Advisory Board at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center and also on the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Board at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, MI. She is also a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI).
The Reverend Victor Clore has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit since 1965. He is presently Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Northwest Detroit, MI; Adjunct Instructor at the University of Detroit Mercy; St. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, MI; Marygrove College, Detroit, MI; and Sacred Heart Major Seminary. For the past ten years, he has ministered as an instructor and supervisor in the Internship in Spiritual Direction Program at the Dominican Center for Religious Development.
Father Clore has a BA in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; STL in Systematic Theology from Gregorian University, Rome, Italy; MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy; PhD in Developmental Psychology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Post-doctoral Fellowship in Philosophy at Boston College.
Besides ministering as Pastor of several Detroit parishes through the years, Father Clore has also served as Chaplain to the Wayne County Youth Home; Associate Director, Department of Christian Service, Diocesan Coordinator of Campaign for Human Development, Archdiocese of Detroit; Auditor, Metro Tribunal, Detroit.
Father Clore is writing a book-length manuscript tentatively titled The Heart has Many Doors: Integrating Psyche, Mind and Heart from Freud to Lonergan.
Teresa Disch, OP ministered as a spiritual director and a retreat director for 30 years. She joined the staff of the Dominican Center for Religious Development in 2006 as a Spiritual Director, supervisor and facilitator in the Internship in Spiritual Direction Program.
Sister Teresa has an MA in Scripture/Theology from St. John's University, Collegeville, MN; MDiv from Loyola University, Chicago, IL; MSW from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
She also has experience in teaching, adult leadership development, parish ministry, pastoral counseling as well as formation of sisters and permanent deacons. Sister Teresa has worked with the Catholic faith communities in the dioceses of Detroit and Lansing, MI; Chicago and Rockford, IL; and Pueblo, CO.
Charlotte Hoefer, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister, founded the Dominican Center for Religious Development (DCRD) in 1980. She was the Director of the DCRD for 23 years and during that time was engaged in teaching and supervising in the Internship in Spiritual Direction Program. She was part of the founding staff of the Internship Program at Marywood Center in Grand Rapids, MI, and also was instrumental in establishing the Internship in Spiritual Direction Program at St. Francis Retreat Center, Dewitt, MI, with Sister Carol Johannes, OP, and Sister Suzanne Eichhorn, OP.
Before she established the DCRD, Sister Charlotte ministered as a spiritual director, directed retreats and facilitated adult faith formation experiences. She continues those ministries and also continues to minister as a supervisor and facilitator in the Internship in Spiritual Direction Program at the Dominican Center for Religious Development, Detroit.
Sister Charlotte has a BA in Latin from Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI and a MA in Latin from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. She also holds an MA in Spiritual Direction and an MDiv in Spirituality from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA. While at Weston she completed the Practicum in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Religious Development, Cambridge, MA. She has attended numerous post-graduate seminars in Spiritual Direction.
Sister Charlotte has been active in Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and for several years was the Southeast Michigan Regional Coordinator for SDI. She has given numerous presentations on spiritual direction, prayer, discernment and spirituality.
Faith Offman holds a Masters of Divinity from SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary, an Undergraduate in Pastoral Ministry and Community Services from Sacred Heart Major Seminary and Siena Heights University. She received a graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center for Religious Development and is a Licensed Social Worker for the State of Michigan. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI).
For the past 25 years, Faith has ministered in the church at parish, vicariate, diocesan and national levels. Her ministries include Christian Service/Social Ministry, RCIA, Faith Formation, Pastoral Ministry, Grief support, teaching and Retreat work. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI).
Faith has two children and four grandchildren. She and her husband, Steve, reside in Redford, MI.
Anita Smith Buckwalter has served in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. Her special areas of emphasis include spiritual direction and facilitating retreats. She was ordained to set-apart ministry in the Church of the Brethern in 1984. Anita joined the staff of the Dominican Center for Religious Development in 2004 as a spiritual director, supervisor and facilitator in the Internship in Spiritual Direction Program offered in DeWitt, MI. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI).
Anita has a Masterís in Education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, and a Bachelorís in Education from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. She received a graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center for Religious Development. She also holds a certificate in massage therapy from Lansing Community College. In addition she has attended numerous seminars in humanistic psychology, Transactional Psychology, family systems, conflict resolution, the Enneagram, and preaching. She recently participated in a two-year Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program in a study of the relationship of beauty and justice funded by the Lily Foundation.
She has served in outdoor ministries and also served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and worked in community theater. Anita is a widow who resides in Lansing near her two children and five grandchildren.