Maris Stella Program Presenters 2023
Br. Donald Bisson FMS is, first and foremost, a spiritual director and is widely respected as a specialist in the training, formation, and supervision of spiritual directors. A Marist brother, he has graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology, and earned his Doctor of Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion specializing in Spiritual Direction and Jungian Psychology. Don is internationally recognized for his lectures, workshops, and retreats on the interrelationship of Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology.
Fr. Anthony Ciorra ordained in 1973, has ministered in parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, and formation ministries. He has a Ph. D. in Theology from Fordham University. His publications include Everyday Mysticism, and Beauty: A Way to God (Paulist Press, 2013). Currently he is Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies and a consultant for Mission Integration at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. He was recently elected to international leadership for his community.
Virginia L. Collins-English, M.Ed., CAGS, MAAT is a certified spiritual director and retreat director, and a psychotherapist. She offers individual spiritual direction, including her own practice, Holy Listening. The widow of an African-American civil rights leader and professor, she serves the spiritual yearnings of people who are marginalized by church or culture, and those who are bereaved. She is the author of Prayering: Openings for Contemplation and Personal Prayer and Quiltsong of a Barefoot Theologian. She lives in western Massachusetts.
Anita M. Constance, SC, is the author of several spiritual books, and experienced in giving retreats and workshops. Her other ministries include liturgy, spiritual direction, bereavement support and pastoral counseling in parish settings.
Fr. Anthony Randazzo is the happy Pastor of Holy Trinity in Westfield, NJ.