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Sheila Howe

Sheila is one of the founders of AZ Ecumenical Institute for Spiritual Directors completed her own training in Spiritual Direction at the Kino Institute. She provides counseling services for individuals, couples, and families. Her primary focus includes the mental, spiritual and physical well-being and transformation of those who seek her help and listening heart. 


Cathy Olds, MA

Cathy Olds has worked as a lay minister in the Catholic Church for 40+ years. She has a Master of Arts in Theology and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Arizona Ecumenical Institute for Spiritual Directors. She has ministered as a spiritual director for twelve years and has the privilege of supporting those on the spiritual journey believing that God meets us where we are. Cathy has a love for Celtic Christian spirituality and women’s spirituality.  

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Kathy Perrin

Kathy recently moved to Arizona from North Dakota where she completed certification in spiritual direction in 2006 through the Emmaus Program at the Annunciation Monastery. Her background in the Benedictine tradition of prayer, community, service, respect for persons, moderation, and hospitality lend to her focus on spiritual companionship with those who are seriously ill and those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

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Diane Saunders, MTh, MEd

Diane was drawn to contemplative spirituality as a young adult and has nurtured this spirituality by studying Spiritual Direction at the AZ Ecumenical Institute for Spiritual Directors and Boston College. She has a Masters in Theology and Education and has worked in the field of Religious Education. Diane treasures the incarnational nature of family life as a primary source of grace., and values Spiritual Direction as a practice that unbinds one for a greater identity in God and the fullness of life and joy. 

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Cheryl Thomsen, MA

Cheryl Thomsen has an MA in Theology from the University of San Francisco and is certified by the AEISD program in Spiritual Direction.  She began her Spiritual Direction practice at the Franciscan Renewal Center.  Her focus is to help others to listen to their soul, throughout personal and professional life transitions, including times of grief, loss, or the search for purpose.  Other areas for spiritual growth include exploring how to live a contemplative life, the integration of East-West Spirituality, Franciscan Spirituality and 12 steps.