About the Facilitators
Diane Poplawski, OP
Diane Poplawski, OP, a Racine Dominican, has been active in vocation ministry at national and community levels and has ministered with Native Americans. She has a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. Diane resonates with Native American teachings and the prophet Micah’s invitation to “act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly....” There is currently a waiting list for Diane Poplawski.
Linda Wieser, OSF
Linda Wieser, OSF, is a holistic body therapist, spiritual guide, and Certified Personal Life Coach who focuses on the whole person, integrating the healing of body, mind, spirit, and emotions. She holds a master’s degree from Creighton University. Linda has a waiting list.
Marianne Kempa, SSND
Marianne Kempa, SSND, a School Sister of Notre Dame, is currently serving as a Minister of Pastoral Care at the SSND retirement and Health Care Center. Marianne is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program and continues to offer spiritual guidance as she welcomes companions to embrace the ‘star within’ and celebrate God’s abundance. She has a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, as well as degrees in Administration and Education.
Mary Therese Johnson, OP
Mary Therese Johnson, OP, is a Dominican sister who serves in pastoral care with her sisters in Siena Assisted Living community, and at St. Dominic Villa. Mary Therese practices mindfulness which helps her be more attentive to the present moment and the workings of the Holy Spirit. She invites companions to tap into their own life experience and inner wisdom as they seek a deeper spiritual life. There is currently a waiting list for Mary Theres Johnson.
Miriam Brown, OP
Miriam Brown, OP, a Sinsinawa Dominican, is a spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, and presenter on current spirituality themes. Miriam holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Fordham University and directed an ecumenical organization for 13 years. Miriam has an eye for the Spirit’s movement in the world and flowing in each person’s precious life.
Stephanie Mondello has a master’s degree in New Testament and Early Christian Literature as well as a certificate in spiritual guidance from the Siena program. After serving many years as campus minister and a religious studies teacher at a CSJ high school in CA, she decided to return to her midwestern roots to retire and has since enjoyed learning Tai Chi and living closer to her seven grandchildren.