The Spiritual Direction Team

Roger Yaworski, S.J.
Roger Yaworski, S.J.

Roger Yaworski, S.J., was born in rural Saskatchewan and joined the Jesuits in Guelph in 1960. He was ordained a priest in 1971. He did graduate studies in theology and psychology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He most recently returned to Guelph in 2007 having spent the three previous years at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago as a chaplain. He was an accredited CPE supervisor. Previous work experience has been university and prison chaplaincy, novice director, formation director, assistant to the Provincial and Director of the Development Office. He claims that each time he returns to Guelph, it gets better.

 
John Govan, S.J.
John Govan, S.J.

John Govan, S.J., has been ministering at Loyola House since 1977. He has given and taught workshops in the USA, Asia and Canada about the Spiritual Exercises, Prayer and Discernment. He also actively brings together the experience of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Ignatius by leading Contemplative Retreats that use Ignatian Discernment as a basis.

 
Eric Jensen, S.J.
Eric Jensen, S.J.

Eric Jensen, S.J., entered the Jesuit Noviate in Guelph in 1958, after teaching high school for a year in Montreal, where he was born. He has an MA in English Literature from St. Louis University, and has taught at Loyola High School in Montreal and St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg. Of his thirty years in Winnipeg, sixteen were spent at St. Ignatius Church, the final ten years as Pastor, when he helped set up the parish's Adult Education Centre. He returned to Guelph in 2002, working at Loyola House, where he directs retreats and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In his spare time he paints and writes. He is the author of Entering Christ's Prayer (Ave Maria Press).

 
Bill Clarke, S.J.
Bill Clarke, S.J.

Bill Clarke, S.J., a Jesuit, has been doing the ministry of spiritual accompaniment of individuals and communities since his ordination as a priest in 1966. He came to Guelph in 1980 to be part of the Ignatius Farm Community of which he was the director for a number of years. Bill has been a chaplain and friend to the l'Arche communities for over thirty years. He joined the directing team here at Loyola House in 2002. Since then he continues the directing and preaching of retreats in other parts of the country and the world. He is the author of The Face of Friendship (Novalis, 2004) and Enough Room For Joy (newly edited by Novalis, 2005).

 
Yvonne Prowse, M.A.
Yvonne Prowse, M.A.
Yvonne Prowse, M.A. was a spiritual director serving as an adjunct at St. Ignatius Retreat House on Long Island.  She holds a masters in spirituality and spiritual direction from Fordham University.  She is the former director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Southwest, and has worked in social justice, peace and environmental ministries for over 25 years.  Yvonne has practised and worked extensively with Ignatian Spirituality and most recently is bringing its wisdom to the contemporary ecological crisis.  A Roman Catholic, she has also studied and practised with teachers in indigenous spiritualities and finds bridges between them expressed in her own spiritual practice.  Committed to the Ignatian contemplative approach to spiritual direction, she helps people to focus on and deepen their relationship with the Divine.