SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS FOR 2017-18
MARY ANN BIGELOW Mary Ann is married and the mother of three adult children. She is an active member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, has been involved with the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Retreat since 1995, serving as Director from 2011-2016. “My faith journey led me to Ignatian Spirituality in 1994 when I made the Challenge 2000. I made the SEEL Retreat in 1995-96. Since then, life has not been the same. The Spiritual Exercises took hold of me and have changed everything. I never dreamed that my God could love me so personally and completely, and challenge me so deeply. The Spiritual Exercises continue to pull me closer to Christ and call me to daily conversion.”
MARION DALEY Saint Ignatius says in his Spiritual Exercises, “It is not so much knowledge we seek as it is to taste and relish” what we seek. The Spiritual Exercises were a journey of the heart and the beginning of a deeper relationship with God for me. It continues to be ongoing and I could never go back. Marion is an active member of Saint Francis and guides the “Challenge” pray groups and volunteers for other programs. Marion is married and has three children and four grandchildren.
DIANNE KELLER “Regarding the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: It’s where I MET GOD!” Dianne is married, a mother and grandmother. A member of St. Francis Xavier parish, she has a nursing background and is interested in prayer and healing ministry. “Before the Exercises, I never believed that it could be possible or achievable to live in and with love and gratitude. But it is! They are right about St. Ignatius … he should be a Saint!
LUKE LARSON Luke is the Director of the Spiritual Exercises Retreat Ministry. He and his wife Evie, both native Montanans, feel blessed to have their family, including four adorable grandchildren, relatively close. As a Jesuit seminarian for eight years, Luke gained proficiency in the Spiritual Exercises and in the art of discernment. For 14 years he was an executive mission leader with one of the largest Catholic health systems in the nation. He holds certifications as a lay chaplain, executive coach and spiritual director. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in religious studies from Gonzaga University. Twice Luke and Evie have walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Insights gained from their first trek were the impetus for Luke’s published book about the Camino.
JAMES LORAN Jim is married to Janet. They have six grandchildren. Jim grew up in Missoula and attended Catholic schools. The nuns taught Jim that the meaning of life is to know, love and serve God. We do this through our prayer life. “The SEEL program has allowed me to grow in my understanding of God and God’s love for me. God is so magnificent that we will never exhaust our understanding of Him.”
LINDA MCKAY Linda was born and raised in Colombia by her American father and her Spanish-Chinese mother. Linda and her husband Larry met in Indonesia while Linda was on vacation from teaching in Pennsylvania. “Even in adversity I have felt blessed, but the Spiritual Exercises awakened me to so many more daily riches and challenges coming from God. To me, walking in prayer is a holy experience for both retreatant and director. Each is graced by the presence and power of God’s love. It is a love yearning to be shared.”
LARRY MCKAY Larry was raised in Missoula, graduated from MSU in Bozeman, and went off to seek his fortune. He is now married and has a daughter, one grandson, and two granddaughters. His wife Linda and he returned to Missoula and St. Francis Xavier Parish in 2003. “The Spiritual Exercises are a life-changing experience that lasts a lifetime. Linda and I completed the Exercises and director discernment together. That makes our union with God and together spiritually stronger every day.”
ANN MORIARITY “The Spiritual Exercises were only the beginning. The beginning of a new and deeper relationship with God, the beginning of an ongoing journey trying to imitate and follow Jesus Christ. This journey is exciting, joyful, awesome, painful, full of struggle and failure, and never boring. I could and would never go back.” Ann is an active member of St. Francis Xavier parish and volunteers with SEEL, spirituality programs, and peace and justice programs. She is the mother of three daughters and two sons and has thirteen wonderful grandchildren.
DIANNE PETERSON Dianne has been married to her husband, Larry, for over 40 years. She has two grown daughters who live in Missoula. Her spiritual journey has led her down many pathways … including a 500 mile pilgrimage on the El Camino trail through Spain to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. It was during this walk she felt her call to become a spiritual director. She discovered that the SEEL program, though life changing for herself, is a precious gift to be shared with others. Dianne is a member of St. Francis church and works as a registered nurse at Missoula Prerelease.
JOHN WILLIAMS The Spiritual Exercises have brought me to understand that Jesus wants to be a part of our everyday life because of the deep love He has for us. The exercises have pushed me to explore the connection between this love and God’s creation we call the universe.” John is a scientist living and working at the Bitterroot Catholic Worker Farm.