Campion CIS - Kew VIC
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Michael Smith SJ
Director of Mission
Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality
99 Studley Park Road, Kew VIC 3101
Campion has 16 single bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities, a
conference room to seat 50, meeting rooms, Chapel and dining room
where all meals are fully catered. Our gardens and the surrounding
Yarra Bend Park give space for contemplation and gentle walking tracks.
Our Conference centre is also available for private hire.
Live-in retreats include all meals, bed linen and towels.
Campion is also the home of Sentir Graduate School of Spiritual Formation which is the Australian Province's school for formation in the Spiritual Exercises, Spiritual Direction and Ignatian formation.
Sentir is the new name for the Institute for Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Formation. The name, which in Spanish means heart-felt knowing, is one that Saint Ignatius of Loyola used often. Sentir reflects our desire and purpose: to focus on the formation and integration of the whole person — head and heart. Sentir is a Recognised Teaching Institution of the MCD University of Divinity
which works with the National Centres of Ignatian Spirituality. Sentir:
• specialises in the study of Christian spirituality and pastoral
formation for ministry;
• provides opportunities for on-going research;
• supervises praxis in specific spiritual traditions;
• collaborates with centres of spiritual formation including WellSpring Spirituality Centre (Ashburton) and Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality (Kew).
Campion Team Members
Michael Smith SJ (Director) has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and a Doctorate in Education from La Trobe University Melbourne. Key aspects of his ministry include giving the Spiritual Exercises and forming of spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition.
Margaret Biviano has a background in education. She is especially interested in introducing Ignatian spirituality to parishes and to small groups.
Bill Brennan is a spiritual director with formal training in the Siloam and Arrupe programs. He assists at Campion in the formation and supervision of spiritual directors. Bill is also a community nurse working with people experiencing homelessness.
Jacinta Bright is a spiritual director and a giver of the Spiritual Exercises. Jacinta is a pastoral associate in a Melbourne parish and, on behalf of Campion, coordinates Campion’s work at Corpus Christi Community, Greenvale. Jacinta is married with four adult children.
Frank Burke is a Companion in the Ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with a Masters degree in Economics and has a background in mediation of work place conflict. Frank’s particular interests include spiritual direction and the development of lay leadership in parishes through programs of Ignatian Spirituality.
Patricia Chisholm is professionally qualified in nursing, theology and spiritual direction. Her special interests are Ignatian Spirituality, healing prayer and eight day individually guided retreats. She is married and the mother of five children.
Margaret Claver FCJ (Campion Outreach) brings a background of living Ignatian Spirituality as a member of the Society of Sisters, Faithful Companion of Jesus. Margaret is a qualified Director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and enjoys giving retreats in daily life, especially to young people.
John Doenau SJ has experience in Ignatian spirituality, retreats and spiritual direction. He brings wide experience in marital, sexual and personal counseling, as well as marriage and sexual enrichment programs to his spirituality ministry.
Margaret Fahey OLSH (Campion Outreach) has experience in education, pastoral ministry and spirituality. She trained in retreat-giving and spiritual direction at Saint Beuno’s in Wales and at Heart of Life in Melbourne.
Terry Fanning (Campion Outreach) has a background in nursing, is an Arrupe Graduate . Terry is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction.
Jill Firth is a spiritual director who has trained at Wellspring and Campion. She holds an MA in Spiritual Direction and a Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Spirituality. She works in education and pastoral ministry.
Margaret-Mary Flynn (Campion Outreach) has a background in education and has been studying and working as a spiritual director at Campion and the Diocese of Sandhurst since 2004. She lives in Bendigo with her husband, has three adult children and enjoys reading, writing, domestic arts, yoga and gardening.
Jan Geason RSM was formerly a teacher and social worker. Jan returned to giving spiritual direction after eleven years in leadership in her Mercy Congregation. She trained in spiritual direction at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.
Michael Hansen SJ has creative and artistic energies that enhance the development and practice of Ignatian Spirituality and spiritual direction. Author of several prayer books, he is now working on the Ignatian First Spiritual Exercises.
Joan Jennings is a psychotherapist with a nursing background. She has completed a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction. She is married with four grown children.
Mandy Lane trained as spiritual director, giver of the Spiritual Exercises in the Arrupe Program and works on retreats throughout the year at Campion. Mandy is a wife, mother and grandmother and has a keen interest in gardening and Her desire is to empower others as they pursue deeper connections to God.
Laurence Leonard SJ is the superior of the Jesuit community at Campion. He did his training in retreat-giving and spiritual direction at St. Beuno’s in Wales. His interests include eight-day individually guided retreats and the Spiritual Exercises.
Colleen Leonard SGS is an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader. She trained at Burlingame California and WellSpring Melbourne. Colleen has professional qualifications in education, theology and spirituality.
Marlene Marburg is a spiritual director, giver of the Spiritual Exercises and a poet. She holds a Master of Theology, and has worked in medical imaging and education. She is committed to encouraging people to find goodness and giftedness in themselves. Her vision values all of life as an invitation to wholeness.
Bernadette Miles (Sentir and Arrupe Program Coordinator) is married with four boys and trained in spiritual direction and theology after twenty years of computer consulting and business management. She has a special interest in formation of apostolic leadership and applying the concepts of Ignatian spirituality to organisational development.
Tim Moloney CFC is a Christian Brother who is trained in Spiritual Direction and theology. Tim is an experienced primary and secondary teacher having worked in Australia and East Africa. Tim’s interests lie in formation and spirituality, especially understanding its connections with the Universe story
Margaret Moore RSM brings a strong background in faith leadership and social justice through her work in schools, with young adults, and with families from refugee backgrounds. She trained in spiritual direction at ISL in Chicago and completed her Masters at Loyola University. She has recently returned from St Beuno’s where she gained further training and experience in this ministry.
Robert Morris SJ is a Jesuit scholastic on Regency at Campion (CIS). A New Zealander, Robert has degrees in History and Theology with a strong interest in the history of the Society of Jesus and Ignatian spirituality.
Geraldine Naismith (Campion Outreach) Geraldine is a working Psychologist and has completed the Arrupe program. She presently works in rural areas with the Outreach program.
Robert Paterson has a background in theological education in Melbourne, Hong Kong and London, is married and a grandfather. Formed as a spiritual director at Heart of Life and as a giver of the Spiritual Exercises at Campion, he is interested in the roles of the imagination and art in prayer and reflection.
Anne Priestley RSM (Campion Outreach) Anne comes from a background in education. She trained in retreat direction and spiritual direction through the Arrupe Program and the Siloam Program. Anne offers prayer days, spiritual direction and retreats, especially to young people in rural areas.
Moira Rayner is a spiritual director, giver of the Spiritual Exercises and a lawyer who focuses on workplace relations and resolving if not preventing conflict and desolation in the workplace. She is an Arrupe graduate, has a Masters in public policy and is completing a PhD on children’s participation in decision making.
Jacinta Rice CSB (Campion Outreach) is an experienced spiritual director and retreat giver trained at Wellspring and the Arrupe Program. Jacinta is currently working in the Ballarat Diocese. She is particularly passionate about giving Ignatian retreats to lay people who are discerning their call as parish leaders.
Mercia Richards IBVM brings a background of living Ignatian Spirituality as a member of the Loreto Sisters. Mercia is a spiritual director with training in the Wellspring and Arrupe programs
Marea Richardson is a Registered Psychotherapist (PACFA), Guided Imagery and Music Therapist (Music Psychotherapy), Accredited Grief and Loss Counselor (NALAG) and spiritual director. Marea works within a Christian perspective supporting people towards greater emotional, spiritual and psychological wholeness.
Dave Ryan SJ (Campion Outreach) Dave brings a background of living Ignatian spirituality as a member of the Society of Jesus. Dave was trained to be a spiritual director and giver of the Spiritual Exercises in the Arrupe Program at Campion. He desires to bring the Spiritual Exercises to people within country and regional Victoria.
Jennifer Sanders RSJ trained in retreat-giving and spiritual direction at St. Beuno’s, North Wales and as a giver of the Spiritual Exercises at Campion, after thirty years experience in education. Her interests include Spiritual Exercises, Individually Directed Retreats and Spiritual Direction
Peter Saunders is a pastoral psychotherapist and spiritual director who works at Campion. He is interested in bringing together the insights, gifts and practice of Ignatian Spirituality and psychotherapy in an approach that values the whole person.
Ruth Spierings (Outreach Coordinator) is married with three adult children and has a background in hospitality. Ruth trained as a spiritual director and giver of the Spiritual Exercises through the Arrupe Program. Her desire is to bring prayer days, retreats and the Spiritual Exercises to all within country and regional Victoria.
Liza Stewart is a wife, mother and grandmother whose background is in education. Her spiritual direction formation was at Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in Melbourne. She is passionate about encouraging the exploration and integration of all aspects of life.
Kathleen Walshe is married with children and grandchildren. Her background is in Pastoral Care and Psychological counseling including working as a telephone counselor with sufferers of mental health issues and suicidal ideation. She is an Arrupe graduate (Campion) and is committed to Ignatian Spirituality as a director and a giver of the Spiritual Exercises.