About HOC

Heart of Christ is a Spiritual Direction Training Program recently developed in response to a felt need for more trained spiritual directors in the Ann Arbor area.  The program was established by Jeannette Barbacane and Tesa Fleming, trained spiritual directors who are members of Christ the King parish in Ann Arbor.  Trained in Ignatian methods of spiritual direction, they bring both Ignatian and Carmelite spirituality into the curriculum.

Jeannette Barbacane has a Masters Degree in Religious Studies, Nursing and Counselling and works as a nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital.

Teresa (Tesa) Fleming, JD, works as an attorney with the Mitzel Law Group in Ann Arbor.

Teaching is primarily presented by Jeannette and Tesa, with guest lecturers including:

Dr. Ralph Martin, is the president and founder of Renewal Ministries and Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

David Mangan, is a lay ecclesial minister in the Diocese of Lansing and a participant in the orignial Dusquene weekend

Therese Cirner, is a Catholic therapist and author.

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, is an internationally known speaker and author.  She works with Renewal Ministries and hosts a radio program “Food For the Journey.”

John Kazanjian works with Renewal Ministries, conducting missions and Unbound Conferences in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Peter Williamson, holds the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary; he is an author and editor of Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series, a speaker and missionary with Renewal Ministries.

Gerry Rauch, is a member of the faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary and founder of Annunciation Virtues.

Dan Burke, Executive Director of the National Catholic Register, is founder of Avila Institute and Divine Intimacy Radio, a well known Catholic blogger at Spiritual Direction.com, and an author and speaker.

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