St. Joseph's Renewal Center

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  PRESENTERS


Beth Barker has been in Church Ministry for over thirty years. She is the Director of the Cursillo for Women. For the past eight years Beth has been involved with Religious Education and Youth Ministry. She is certified as a Spiritual Director and a Director of the 19th Annotation Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises. Presently, Beth is the Associate Director of St. Joseph Renewal Center.


Jim Barker is the President of Roanoke Sand and Gravel and a board member of Hope House Ministry. He is the Director of St. Paul’s Cursillo Men’s Program in Brooklyn. Jim completed the three year training program in the Art of Spiritual Direction through St. Joseph Renewal Center and has been practicing for the past five years. He has been involved with the Men’s Movement for over a decade.


Judith Coste holds a BSN from SUNY Stony Brook and her RN from Pennsylvania Hospital of Nursing. Judy’s career as a nurse was spent in the operating room and as a surgical nurse- educator until retirement. Along with over twenty-five years of nursing experience, Judy is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and has shared her creative talents as a member of the parish retreat planning committee. She graduated from a three year training program in the Art of Spiritual Direction, as well as training in giving the 19th Annotation Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She has completed formal training in Supervision of Spiritual Directors. Judy is a team member of the Women’s Spirituality Retreat.


Josephine Daspro, CSJ, D.Min. Director of St. Joseph Renewal Center, Brentwood, NY has worked in education, in parish ministry, as a Director of Religious Education and as the Director of Spirituality and Adult Formation. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree in the area of Spirituality and Suffering, from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Sister Josephine has given spirituality retreats for men and women and has extensive experience as a Spiritual Director and Supervisor, and is the Director of a Three Year Training Program in the Art of Spiritual Direction. She has trained experienced spiritual directors to give the 19th Annotation Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as well as training experienced spiritual directors in becoming supervisors.


Ann Marie Dodd is a certified spiritual director, having completed the three year training program in the Art of Spiritual Direction at St. Joseph Renewal Center. She is a board member for St. Paul’s Cursillo and Retreat Program; having been part of the Brooklyn Cursillo for over 30 years and continues today to be part of the Spiritual Team. Ann Marie has been involved in parish ministry over the years and is an active member of her parish community. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration and works full time for the Northwell Health System, with over 20 years experience in Practice Administration. Currently, she is the Director of Training and Development for the Patient Access Center.


Michael Dunne is a graduate of the Pastoral Formation Institute, Rockville Centre, NY and completed the third year track in Liturgy. Michael coordinates the monthly “Men 2 Men” gathering at Montfort Spirituality Center in Bay Shore, NY for St. Joseph Renewal Center. He is the former Northeast coordinator of Man Matters Spirituality, an affiliated chapter of Illuman, previously known as MALEs the men’s work arm of the Center for Action and Contemplation founded by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Michael has been trained as a spiritual director and as a supervisor of spiritual directors. He is a director of the 19th Annotation Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Michael serves as a cantor in St. Mark’s Church, Shoreham. He and his wife Valerie have a blended family of five grown children and eight grandchildren.


Valerie Dunne is a certified Spiritual Director. She is experienced in directing the 19th Annotation Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Valerie is also trained as a Supervisor of Spiritual Directors and as a Director of Directed Retreats. She is a graduate of the Pastoral Formation Institute in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY with a third year track in Pastoral Care of the Sick. Valerie and her husband Michael are involved in ministry to married couples and are members of St. Mark’s Parish in Shoreham. They are the proud grandparents of eight active grandchildren ranging in ages from 6 months to 13 years.


Suzanne LePre, RSM holds a Masters degree from Fordham University, Bronx, NY in Religious Studies. Sister Suzanne has worked in education, in parish ministry as a Director of Religious Education and as a Pastoral Associate. Sister Suzanne is certified as a Spiritual Director and as a Supervisor of Spiritual Directors. She directs the 19th Annotation Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She is a team member of the Women’s Spirituality Retreat. Presently is the Life Coordinator for her community’s assisted living residence at Mercy Convent, in Whitestone, NY.


Jean Lynch is a Spiritual Director and Supervisor of Spiritual Directors who has a MA in Theology from St. John’s University and an Advanced Certificate in Spirituality from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, NY. A facilitator of retreat and workshops designed to provide healing through prayer and reflection, she is certified in Inner Healing Prayer and Mandala Assessment through the National Institute of Inner Healing. A wife, mother, grandmother and teacher of religion for many years, she created and has been facilitating the God Gives Us Songs in Our Sleep Program for twenty years.


Lyn Quinn is a graduate of the Pastoral Formation Program, in Rockville Centre Diocese, NY and has completed a three year training program in the Art of Spiritual Direction, as a spiritual director. Lyn has been facilitating MOMS groups at her parish as well as bringing the experience to other parishes for 18 years. She is a Staff Associate at the Cenacle Retreat Center, Ronkonkoma, NY.


Joan Vessio is retired from a career with the Brooklyn Union Gas Company. Joan is certified as a Spiritual Director and as a Supervisor of Spiritual Directors. She directs the 19th Annotation Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Joan is a co-coordinator of the Women 2 Women here at St. Joseph Renewal Center. She is a team member of the Women’s Spirituality Retreat.