Retreat Presenter Biographies

Listed below you will find information about our regular retreat presenters. We are grateful to be able to partner with these knowledgable, humble and Spirit-filled men and women to offer life-giving and life-changing retreats and programs, all of which are created to support each guest in their spiritual journeys to a deeper relationship with God.

Thanks to each of them for all that they offer us and our guests.

 

Rev. Jim Farrell
  • Fr. Jim Farrell is Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Indianapolis and Director of Mission Advancement for Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House. He is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Saint Meinrad College and the Angelicum University in Rome. Ordained by Pope Paul VI in 1975, Fr. Jim has served in several parishes throughout the archdiocese including Sacred Heart (Jeffersonville), St. Barnabas, St. Andrew the Apostle, Our Lady of Lourdes, Good Shepherd (all in Indianapolis) as well as serving as dean of the New Albany deanery from 1993-1996. Fr. Jim has been a retreat director since the very early days of his priesthood, and he began offering parish missions in the 1990's. His retreat work has been offered throughout the archdiocese as well as in Alaska, Washington D.C., Florida, Kentucky, and Minnesota. He has recorded a very popular series of guided meditation CD's entitled Pathways to Prayer. Fr. Jim has visited the country of Uganda several times since 1996 and continues to support the work of a mission there in the Arua diocese of Uganda. His interests include walking and reading.
Rev. Jeff Godecker
  • Fr Jeff Godecker has been a priest of the Archdiocese for 46 years, serving in a variety of capacities including as a high school religion teacher, campus minister, pastor of two parishes and in the Office of Catholic Education as the religious education director. He is regarded as a good homilist and teacher. He retired as Catholic chaplain of Butler University in July of 2013 but remains active in a variety of sacramental and religious formation settings. Fr. Jeff currently offers several retreats at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House including a series on the Spirituality of Aging. He resides in one of the private residences at Fatima. Fr. Jeff's interests include traveling, cooking and dining with friends and family, and reading. We are blessed to have Fr. Jeff supporting our ministries here at Fatima and to have him in residence here.
Rev. Keith Hosey
  • Fr. Keith Hosey is a retired priest of the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana and will celebrate his 60th Anniversary to the priesthood in the fall of 2016. He was the director of John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City for over 40 years, 1966 - 2006. Fr. Keith is in residence in Sabbath House at Fatima Retreat House and assists with the Tobit Marriage Preparation Weekends, Masses for our silent days of reflection, and facilitates other retreats here and across the country. We are blessed to have Fr. Keith in residence at Fatima.
Connie Kramer, SP
  • Providence Sister Connie Kramer is a former parish life coordinator having served in this capacity at St. Ann Parish, Terre Haute. While there she was director of the St. Ann Community Outreach Services as well as St. Ann Dental Services. Sr. Connie entered the congregation of The Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, in the fall of 1964 and in addition to parish life coordinator, she has served as a high school teacher, business officer, religious education director, and parish pastoral associate. Recently, Sr. Connie received a certification as a Grief Specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute (2012) and certification as a Spiritual Director from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction (2013). Sr. Connie has been part of a team offering a weekend retreat on grief at Fatima Retreat House as well as offering other days of reflection on grief. In 2016, she will begin offering an annual grief program for parents who have had miscarriages or who have experienced the death of a young child. She is also very active in the Ignatian Spirituality Project retreats in Indianapolis.
Mary Schaffner
  • Mary is on staff at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House as the Associate Director of Spirituality Ministries. In addition to her work with silent directed retreats and on-going spiritual direction, Mary offers Ignatian retreats in everyday life, days of reflection and preached retreats. Mary brings experience as a religion teacher, high school campus minister, young adult minister, director of religious education, pastoral associate and most importantly, the experience of encountering the graces of God in her own and other’s lives. Mary holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology as well as a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University. Mary and her husband John have five children and three grandchildren.


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