Retreats are planned, staffed, and led by a wide variety of people from the local community and beyond. The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist often plan and lead retreats. In addition, area priests, counselors, musicians, and retreat masters provide their wisdom and expertise. We also invite people from the larger Catholic community to join with our retreatants for a time of reflection and prayer.
Marcia Foote – Retreat Coordinator
Marcia Foote graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education/Language Arts. She served as a catechist, director of religious education and a teacher in both public and Catholic schools in Michigan. Upon her retirement as a Catholic school teacher in 2011, she joined the staff to work as the marketing coordinator. In 2016, she begins a new role as retreat coordinator for the Center.
Sister Barbara Cline, FSE, Ph.D. – Spiritual Integration
Sister Barbara Cline, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, currently works at the Diocese of Grand Rapids as the Director of Faith Formation. She completed her undergraduate degree from Viterbo College in Elementary Education. She has a Master’s degree in pediatric development from Michigan State University and a second masters in Theology Catholic Distance University. She completed a doctoral degree in Special Education Administration from Michigan State University. Sister Barbara has worked in the area of disability most of her life. She spent years in the Middle East – West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon as well as in North Africa (Egypt, Morocco) as the Director of Catholic Relief Services. In North West Cameroon she worked in a physiotherapy program for children with disabilities and limb malformation.