ABOUT

Hi. Welcome. I’m Lisa. Thanks for being here.

I am the wife of a hard-working, great guy, mother of three awesome daughters, pastoral minister for over 25 years in the Detroit area, aspiring writer/speaker, Level III trained Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechist, Jesuit-trained, Vatican II, Francis-loving Catholic. Oh, and a big fan of Jesus.

What brings me joy…

Family

Writing and Speaking

Reading

Learning new skills

Being the smile at the door

Planning and launching programs that support togetherness

Add Your Past Experiences

Director of Discipleship Formation at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Lake Orion, MI
(2014-Present)

Responsible for hiring and managing a four-person department that cares for PK-8 Faith Formation, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and Sacramental Preparation programming and activities for our parish of 1900+ families.

Transformed a textbook/classroom model of religious instruction into an engaging Montessori-based, experiential, contemplative style of faith formation called The Catechesis
of the Good Shepherd (CGS). Created beautiful, inviting, screen-free spaces for children
and adults to ponder together the essential mysteries of our faith, foster a deeper
relationship with God, share genuine dialogue with one another and embrace a pace of life more conducive to spiritual knowing.

Developed a innovative on-line program during the pandemic of 2020 to help our parish families establish a contemplative ritual in their homes. http://www.familysabbath.com

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Retreat Director/Preaching Staff Member
Capuchin Retreat Center, Washington, MI (2012 – 2015)


Designed, prepared and led weekend and day-long retreats.

Wrote and delivered talks on topics such as: Forgiveness, Benedictine Spirituality, Ignatian Discernment, and Silent Contemplation.

Planned prayer services during retreats and holy days.

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Pastoral Associate at St. John Fisher Parish serving Oakland University, Rochester, MI
(1998-2014)


Member of a dynamic, progressive Pastoral Team caring for a parish of 900 families
and a public University of over 19,000. Project management, marketing, writing, public
speaking, creative catechesis and team building were the central components of the
position. I also provided pastoral care, spiritual formation, liturgical preparation, led over 40 retreats and established functional partnerships among very diverse organizations and individuals to collaborate on spiritual initiatives and projects. Envisioned, designed and launched the most viable Catholic young adult community within the Archdiocese of Detroit, in terms of program offerings and number of young people (ages 18-35) involved.

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