Our Spiritual Directors

Questions?  Interested?
Contact Tom Morgan, intake coordinator.
 
We also offer occasional spiritual direction groups for men or for women. Please ask!
 

Read more about our spiritual directors and contact us if you are interested.
  
 

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Saint Mother Teresa

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
Lao Tsu

Marilyn Buehler values the truths reflected in all spiritual traditions. Having studied both eastern and western wisdom, she honors each person’s unique journey. She provides a reflective, listening presence to help you discern your unfolding inner life. A certified Spiritual Director through the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukee, Oregon, she enjoys contemplative practices and is a lay associate of the Camaldolese Benedictine monastery in Berkeley. She has long been a meditation teacher and offers classes in chair yoga and wellness topics for body, mind, and spirit.

She has a Master’s of Divinity; her thesis explored spiritual care in the hospital setting.  Previously, she was ordained as an Esoteric Christian minister. Her background also includes I.T. project management and systems analysis. Marilyn enjoys spending time in nature, in her garden tending native California plants, walking along the American River, and being in the mountains.

  

              
"The soul should always stand ajar
That if Heaven inquire
He will not be obliged to wait."
-- Emily Dickinson

WYN CANE was raised in a rural setting and grew up with a love for nature and seasonal changes. Silence, observation, listening, and discovery as she roamed the hills became an integral part of her. Her interest in Spiritual Direction grew out of annual silent retreats, retreats for boys at the high school level, of participation and facilitation in a contemplative group rooted in the practice of “lectio divina”, Days Apart, and women’s retreats. She was trained at the Spirituality Center in Los Angeles. Wyn is also a trained Hospice Volunteer, Stephen Minister and has contributed to the Day with Directors at Bread of Life. She believes there is a divine spark, a source of wisdom and knowing, at the heart of human existence and finds it a privilege to companion those who choose a deepening of their spiritual journey.


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“The sacred duty of being an individual is to gradually learn
how to live so as to awaken the eternal within oneself.”
- John O’Donohue
 
LUCIE CHALIFOUR is a layperson in the Catholic Church and has been a healthcare worker, a childbirth educator, and a doula. Lucie has a deep understanding of how the sacred rhythms of living and dying can mirror and be integrated within the journey of the heart and soul. She also serves as a facilitator for one day retreats or extended experiences for church-related and non-religious groups. Guided meditation and storytelling in facilitated groups are a way of inviting participants to open eyes to the extraordinary within the ordinary. Lucie offers direction for small groups as well as individuals. Appointments are available in Sacramento at Bread of Life as well as Woodland. She was formed as a director through the Bread of Life internship program. Lucie is mother to five grown children.

  
 
“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary
of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice,
to which we may continuously return.”

–Thomas Kelly

KATIE HARMON-MCLAUGHLIN is a minister and spiritual director who is passionate about seeking the Sacred Presence in all persons and life circumstances. She desires to tend the longings, callings, and questions that shape our lives by opening safe, receptive space to listen deeply and accompany others along the spiritual journey. As a minister, Katie’s focus is spiritually forming individuals, families, communities, and leaders. She is especially interested in the link between contemplation and action, and believes that as we awaken to the Sacred in ourselves and all life, we begin to discover the courage and compassion to transform our world. She received her Master of Arts in Religion through Community of Christ Seminary and was trained in Spiritual Direction and Leadership through Pneuma Institute. She is also a new mother who is currently learning about being spiritually formed through the gifts and challenges of parenthood!



  
“…our work is to receive the gift of the sacred story
from a directee, and to bear witness to all of the story's dimensions - the beauty, the pain, the sorrow, the joy.”
                                                                   - Christine Valters Paintner

KATHY MIRANDA brings diverse experience as a spiritual director, supervisor and facilitator of groups, workshops and retreats. She served on the Bread of Life internship faculty in the Art of Spiritual Direction. Her particular love - the intersection of spirituality and creativity - is the focus of her M.A. in Transpersonal Studies. She offers creative expression, dream work, and Enneagram integration as well as traditional methods of spiritual direction. As a group leader she integrates prayerand ritual, creative expression, and processes to deepen adult spirituality. She is honored to walk with others on their spiritual path and to witness the many ways God is at work in people's lives. She offers spiritual direction out of her Pleasanton home office as well as at Bread of Life. Kathy received her formation at Mercy Center, Burlingame.

  
 
                All journeys have a secret destination                                    
              of which the Traveler is unaware.
                                                 -Martin Buber

JEFF MITCHELL came to Spiritual Direction attending to his own needs, and found a calling to listen compassionately to others. He considers himself a companion with others on the journey, and is honored to listen and affirm those seeking to explore and share their sacred stories. Serving people in the church and community as a pastor for 35 years has impressed upon him that all people matter and long to be welcomed and heard.

Jeff has been a Spiritual Director for 15 years having received formation at Bread of Life. He is a presenter for the Centering Prayer workshop for Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Jeff enjoys leading retreats, workshops, and classes. His themes include topics dealing with: Spiritual Formation, Leadership, and Contemplative Christianity. His book, The Gift: Ancient Secrets of Solomonʼs Wisdom, is historical fiction recounting Solomonʼs relationship with Zadok, his spiritual director and priest. Together they explore and examine what are to become Solomonʼs 7 Pillars of Wisdom and Spiritual Formation.

  
 

In the presence of compassionate non-judgmental listening,
miracles happen
. -- Marianne Williamson

Wisdom comes not by accumulation of more and more experiences but through discerning patterns in the deeper mystery of what is already there. -- Mary Catherine Bateson

TOM MORGAN provides spiritual direction at Bread of Life and at Mercy Center in Auburn. Born and raised in Germany, he is a military veteran, has a background in student affairs at several universities with extensive experience living and working in an Asian-American context. He provides spiritual direction for a broad range of individuals from various faith traditions, including: spiritual seekers, veterans, clergy, young adults and those from the evangelical tradition. He also has pastored several churches in the Sacramento region. Other interests include monastic & contemplative spirituality, the Enneagram, various Christian meditation practices, and encountering God in art and nature. Tom received his formal training as a spiritual director and also as a supervisor of spiritual directors through Christian Formation & Direction Ministries (CFDM) in Los Angeles, CA.

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Hush, holiness is here, now,
Especially in the depths of your, my and our suffering.
Breath softly, slowly, openly,
And your heart will hear what no ear has ever heard:
That our wounds are sacred vessels,
Containing gifts that cannot be imagined.
- Anonymous
A recently retired university professor, LEW ROBINSON brings to the spiritual direction relationship a practical understanding of Jungian psychology (informed by his rich encounter with depth therapy over many years), as well as firsthand experience in 12-step spirituality—as a sponsor, a facilitator for small spirituality groups, and a longtime participant in a recovery group for men. After completing the 3-year internship at Bread of Life, Lew began volunteering as a spiritual director at a nonprofit—Franciscan Living: Urban Center for Spirituality—in Sacramento. He delights in accompanying individuals in various stages of recovery who are searching for a more real relationship with a Higher Power of their understanding (including folks who struggle with the notion of a Higher Power). By consciously engaging the truly challenging and difficult triggers in life, Lew has realized for himself the gifts awaiting any seeker willing to look at his/her inner wounding. As such, Lew feels a deep calling to be a compassionate spiritual companion to fellow travelers on the journey toward healing and wholeness. 
  

 
The following directors are not accepting 
new directees at this time
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“I have ascended to the highest in me, and look, the Word is towering above that. I have descended to explore the lowest depths, and I found Him deeper still.”

- Bernard of Clairvaux

LINDSAY DEMARY is passionate about accepting and celebrating the uniqueness of individuals. She believes everyone has a sacred story and creates an open and welcoming space by inviting others into honest dialogue about their story. She seeks to accompany people from all walks of life and in whatever season they find themselves in--whether they are experiencing times of celebration and joy, despair and grief, or anywhere in between. As the mother of a toddler, she looks for how God works through the parent-child relationship and loves to learn from the wonder of children as they discover life. Her practice offers the integration of traditional prayer practices, creative expression and the analysis of spiritual temperament. She received her Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology.

  
  

"Listen to your life.
See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.
In the boredom and pain of it no less than in
the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the holy
and hidden heart of it
because in the last analysis
all moments are key moments,
                             and life itself is grace."
-Frederick Buechner

SANDRA LOMMASSON is the founder of Bread of Life and a spiritual director. Her passion is creating processes and pathways for awakening to the depth dimension of life in the everyday moments where we are each met by the Holy. Since 1996 she has been involved in the formation of spiritual directors and leaders of religious and public organizations. Sandra also serves as a retreat leader and Contemplative Dialogue facilitator and mentor. She has published several articles on spiritual direction and served on the Council of Spiritual Directors International from 1999-2005. She is mother to two grown children and delights in six very special grandchildren. She was formed as a spiritual director and then as a supervisor through Mercy Center, Burlingame.

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In our sleep, pain that cannot forget
Falls drop by drop upon the heart
And in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisd
om through the awful grace of God.
--Aeschylus

We choose to inhabit our days.
-- Dawna Markova

Born in Calcutta into a large Chinese family, CATHY SQUIRES’ journey of life has taken her through India, East Pakistan, Hong Kong and finally to the USA. Her spiritual journey through life-long healing and transformation has given her the gift to hear others coming from diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about emotionally healthy spirituality and emotionally healthy leadership. Her long involvement in church and ministry, her work in early childhood mental health and her work with the under-resourced have shaped her presence to allow each directee to bring his/her richness and authentic self into a spiritual direction session. She received training as a spiritual director at Mercy Center, Burlingame. Graduate studies in human development, faith development, psychology and counseling help inform her work.

  
  

"If you could understand a
single grain of wheat,
you would die for wonder.”
- Martin Luther

CAROL ABBOTT is a retired educator and writer with an abiding interest in lifelong learning. A gardener and outdoor enthusiast, Carol embraces discovering God in nature, everyday occurrences, and diverse faith traditions. Carol was the parent of a child with special needs, and has extensive experience in companioning parents, caregivers, and people facing end-of-life issues. After experiencing the liberating and transformational effects of spiritual direction in the 1990’s, she completed her spiritual direction training at Bread of Life in 2006. In addition to individual spiritual direction, Carol facilitates spiritual direction groups, and is a member of the Bread of Life faculty for the Listen to Your Life program. Carol is in awe of the mysterious ways that God works through each person’s life story. She finds that learning from others and mutually exploring the beauty of their sacred story is an honor, privilege, and source of hope.