Workshops and Retreats

I am available for end-of-life rituals, retreat direction, workshops, public speaking, and more. I write and speak on a variety of topics, including psycho-spiritual healing and integration, grief, eco-spirituality, the Enneagram, and more. I am happy to develop a new offering that fits your own, or your community’s, needs. Some recent talks and retreats can be found below.

Upcoming Offerings

23-02_03 Converting Vice to Virtue

According to the legendary Enneagram teacher Helen Palmer, all of us have a connection to a vital “life force” that can carry us through difficulty.  Yet this life force becomes constricted as we develop defense mechanisms to protect us from the hard edges of life.

In this series, the wisdom of the Enneagram will help us to discover the “vices,” or driving emotions, that constrict the life force in each of the nine types.  Through attention to the spiritual struggle and opportunities of each of the nine types, we will learn how to work with these constrictions and develop receptivity to the “virtue” of our type.

For more information or to register, click here.

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The Lenten season is a busy one for many Christians in ministry, and campus ministers no less. Amid your daily service and before the rush of the season, please join us for your own retreat space so that you can “take a breath”: connect with other colleagues, share your faith and experiences, pray with us, and most of all decompress. Grade school, high school and college campus ministers alike are welcome.
More information and registration can be found here.

Select Workshops, Talks, and Retreats

“When Directees Talk Politics,” Spiritual Directors International Conference, Madison, WI, May 5, 2023. Learn more and register for the conference here.

“Aftershocks: Grief that Lingers,” online offering, On the Third Day Renewal and Formation Center, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines. March 18, 2023.

“Taking a Breath: A Contemplative and Connecting Evening for Campus Ministers,” St. Raphaela Center, Philadelphia, PA, February 15, 2023. Open to all grade school and college campus ministers. Register here.

“Converting Vice to Virtue with the Help of the Enneagram,” Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia, PA, February 9, 16, and 23, and March 2, 2023. Open to all who have some experience of the Enneagram.

“Sacred Journey: A CLC Retreat,” Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown, NJ, January 27-29, 2023.

“Self-Compassion,” USA East Province of the Society of Jesus virtual staff retreat, October 21, 2022.

“Listen to the Voice of Creation: A Day of Reflection, Prayer, and Action,” keynote, All Saints’ Parish, Syracuse, NY, October 1, 2022.

“The Enneagram: A Tool for Spiritual Growth,” Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia, PA. September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 2022.

“When Patients Talk Politics,” a virtual conversation with the pastoral care team of Mercy Health System, St. Louis, MO, September 22, 2022.

“Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality,” Jesuit Volunteer Corps Staff Retreat, Wellspring Conference Center, Germantown, MD, September 8, 2022.

“The Enneagram for Self-Care,” with Kessuda Boonngamanong. Jesuit Volunteer Corps Staff Retreat, Wellspring Conference Center, Germantown, MD, September 7, 2022.

“The Enneagram in the Workplace,” Holy Child Academy teachers’ in-service, August 31, 2022.

“Ignatian Journey to Spain,” a guided pilgrimage with Fr. Josep Lluís Iriberri, SJ, for Spiritual Directors International, July 24 – August 2, 2022.

“Honoring Relationships,” Jesuit Volunteer Corps DisOrientation Retreat, Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown, NJ, July 19, 2022.

“Discernment in Troubled Times: Ignatian Wisdom for Spiritual Directors and Companions,” four-part webinar series, Spiritual Directors International, May and June 2022.

“Riding the Waves Amid the Ups and Downs,” USA East Province of the Society of Jesus virtual staff retreat, May 20, 2022.

“God in All Things: A Pilgrimage through Ignatian Spirituality,” Holy Mountain Retreat Center, Garrison, NY, May 14, 2022.

“Becoming a Change Agent,” a virtual offering for the Institute for Catholic Formation, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, May 12, 2022.

“The Grief of Goodbyes,” talk at Campus Ministry Student Leaders’ Retreat, Cristo Rey Philadelphia, April 22, 2022.

“Sacred Planet: Story of Faith, Story of the Cosmos,” Holy Mountain Retreat Center, Garrison, NY, April 2, 2022.

“The Enneagram: Ego and Integration,” St. Raphaela Center, March 5-6, 2022.

“The Enneagram in the Workplace,” Holy Child Academy teachers’ in-service, February 18, 2022.

“From Faith to Action: The Nuts and Bolts of Nurturing a Creation Care Team in Your Parish,” in collaboration with EcoPhilly.org and Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, January 22, 2022.

“The Waiting Earth: An Eco-Spiritual Advent Retreat,” Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2021. (“Deep Time: Cosmic History and Advent Waiting,” November 29; “Birth Pains: The Vulnerable Child and the Fragile Web of Life,” December 6; “And Ransom Captive Israel: Active Hope and Eco-Justice,” December 13; “The Cosmic Christ: Seeing Creation, Seeing God,” December 20.)

“Ministry Across Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Lines,” with Boreta Singleton, Seattle University Campus Ministry, December 7, 2021.

“ADEI Leadership Roundtable: Allyship,” Tandigm Health Executive Leadership, Conshohocken, PA, October 25, 2021.

“Be yourself, only make that self all that God wants you to be (Cornelia Connelly),” 8th Grade Retreat, Holy Child Academy, Drexel Hill, PA, October 20, 2021.

“True Longing,” talk at Campus Ministry Student Leaders’ Retreat, Cristo Rey Philadelphia, August 21, 2021.

“Grieving What We Have Lost,” online offering for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, June 16, 2021.

“When Patients Talk Politics,” with Medina Jones, Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Conference, June 12, 2021.

“Reconstructing a World: Re-entry After the Pandemic,” online offering, Jesuit Connections, May 18, 2021.

“Your Sorrow Unmasked: Journeying Through Grief,” online offering, Spiritual Directors International Conference, April 25, 2021.

“Addressing Pandemic Burnout,” USA East Province of the Society of Jesus virtual staff retreat, March 30, 2021.

“The Enneagram for Team-Building,” with Kessuda Boonngamanong, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Online Staff Retreat, March 29, 2021.

“The Heart Beneath is Teaching: Christmas Wisdom for Times of Pandemic,” Church of Our Redeemer online offering, Lexington, MA, December 20, 2020.

“Crossing the River,” a year-end virtual staff retreat for Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, December 15, 2020.

“Encontrar a Dios en un pandemia,” online offering for “Care for the Person,” 3rd Leadership Summit, St. Raphael Catholic Church, Raleigh, NC, August 23, 2020. Re-recording of “Finding God During a Pandemic” (Office of Ignatian Spirituality) with Spanish translation by Lili Villafuerte.

“Journeying through Grief and Healing: An Evening Retreat,” with Jaclyn Newns, St. Raphaela Center Online Offering, July 22, 2020.

“Prayer and Reflection for Health Care Providers in Light of the Pandemic,” co-reflector, St. Raphaela Center Online Offering, July 15, 2020.

“Introduction to the Enneagram,” with Kessuda Boonngamanong, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Online Staff Retreat, June 24, 2020.

“‘Love with No Place to Go’: Grief in Times of Transition,” Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Online Offering, May 27, 2020.

“Finding God During a Pandemic: Insights on Grief and Loss,” Office of Ignatian Spirituality Online Offering, April 30, 2020. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TBe4SVxuwc)

“There’s a Person There: An Introduction to Human Dignity,” Cristo Rey Philadelphia, November 23 and December 7, 2019.

“Encountering Beauty: A Retreat into Rest and Creativity,” with Jaclyn Newns and Paul Burgmayer, St. Raphaela Center, Philadelphia, PA, October 19-20, 2019.

“Honoring Relationships,” Jesuit Volunteer Corps DisOrientation Retreat, Stony Point, NY, July 19-20, 2019.

“Healing,” Jesuit Volunteer Corps Ignatian Retreat, St. Raphaela Center, Philadelphia, PA, May 3, 2019.

“Loving Awareness: A Resource for Promoting Spiritual Growth and Healing,” Population Health Professionals Training Program, Philadelphia, PA, April 23, 2019.

“Taizé: Its History and Spirituality,” Blessed Sacrament Church, Los Angeles, CA. February 17, 2016.

“Towards a New Solidarity,”​ Taizé European Meeting, Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. Jan 3, 2013.

“The Camino de Santiago: History and Spirituality,” Assumptionist Center of Brighton, Boston, MA. Oct 27, 2012.

Media Appearances

On Finding Hope, a podcast by Counselor Mandy Bird: March 17, 2021, “Asking the Big Questions is Key”
https://anchor.fm/findinghope/embed/episodes/15–Asking-the-big-questions-is-key-with-guest-Nicholas-Collura-esrl3q

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) Webinars: March 30, 2020, COVID-19: A Question of Faith, panelist.

On NPR’s All Things Considered​: September 18, 2015, “Social Media-Savvy Bishop Brings Fresh Approach To Spread Of Catholicism”​

On The Huffington Post Live: May 1, 2013, “Pope John Paul II’s Inevitable Canonization”​

On The Huffington Post Live: April 1, 2013, “Will Pope Francis Be A Gamechanger For Church?”​

On The Huffington Post Live: March 29, 2013, “Good Friday”​

Publications

“When Patients Talk Politics: Opportunities for Recontextualizing Ministerial Theory and Practice,” Pastoral Psychology (August 2022)

“Ecological Conversion,” A Matter of Spirit: A Publication of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (No. 134: Spring 2022)

“The Terror That Strikes at Night: A Reflection on Overnight On-Call Shifts,” Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (Vol. 75, No. 4: December 2021)

“Spiritual Direction as Grief Work,” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction (Vol. 26, No. 3: September 2020)

Thirty-five articles for The National Catholic Reporter, June 10, 2014 – August 26, 2015

“Some Reflections on the Eucharist as Fragment,”​ Worship (Vol. 88: March 2014)

“Meister Eckhart: Seeing All Things as Naught,”​ Lumen et Vita (3:2013):
http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/lumenetvita/article/view/5349

“Cinematic Montage and the Act of Insight,”​ Lonergan on the Edge, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Sept 21, 2013. The delivery of an academic paper: