We are proud to host to such a diverse group of facilitators throughout the year that bring a rich mix of backgrounds, education, experience and practices to Wheaton and the surrounding communities.
Every season, Tau Center offers a fresh selection of special spirituality programs and events, alongside ongoing sessions such as meditation and centering prayer. From programs provided by Wheaton Franciscans to well-known national presenters, we strive to provide our participants an atmosphere where they can find something comfortable at Tau Center no matter where they are along their spiritual journey.
Find out more about this season’s current facilitators:
Dessi is the founder of From The Place, a ministry dedicated to helping women grow in their faith and build a vibrant relationship with the living God. She was born in Bulgaria (Eastern Europe) and moved to the United States when she was a teenager, settling in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Sr. Glenna M. Czachor, OSF, is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister and serves as the Director of Tau Center. She earned a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and has more than 25 years of experience planning liturgies and prayer, and offering presentations and retreats for faith groups and parishes. As the Pastoral Associate of St. Gerard Parish in Brooklyn Park, MN, Sr. Glenna directed the RCIA, and adult and young adult faith formation programs.
Sharon is a Wheaton Franciscan Covenant Member and on staff at Tau Center as our Program Specialist. She has practiced meditation for over 25 years, including study with Pema Chodron, and continues to create space for silent retreat on a regular basis.
Sr. Pat Irr is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister and core facilitator at Tau Center. Sr. Pat has a Master’s Degree in Sacred Science from St. Bonaventure University and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, along with 20 years of experience in ministry at the Institute for Pastoral Leadership.
Gabriela grew up in the bustling and colorful surroundings of Mexico City. She holds masters degrees in art, religions and psychotherapy, and degrees in communication and history. She is certified as a Life Coach and facilitator of Universal Energy.
Born in former communist ruled Czechoslovakia and raised in “West” Germany, from a young age Marian was enthralled with nature and the inherent order of the Universe. This fascination resulted in his growing desire to express beauty and harmony through light and sound.
Matt Pozen is Director of Parish Faith Formation at Visitation Parish in Elmhurst, Illinois. He is also a regular presenter for the Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet. He graduated in 2001 from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, and was ordained in priestly ministry in 2005.
Mary Rittman has been a member of an ongoing spirituality group at Tau Center for more than 14 years. She is a retired language arts teacher with over 15 years’ experience in meditation and is also a certified Healing Touch Practitioner with her own private practice.
Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, has gained widespread recognition in the field of health and healing as an educator, author and speaker who shares practical strategies for enjoying a healthier, happier, more fulfilling everyday life.
Rebecca Russell, MS, is a professional coach and educator offering individual and group experiences to help people create more fulfilling lives and navigate meaningful career transitions. Rebecca leads yoga and meditation classes for people of all ages at DePaul University, the College of DuPage and through ongoing group classes.
Larry Stoll is a Buddhist/Christian and has been an active member of the Awakening Heart Sangha since 2008.
Veronica Ward is a retired a pastoral associate and a certified Zentangle instructor. She has been a Covenent Companion of the Wheaton Franciscans for over 7 years.
Georgene L. Wilson is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. Georgene lives in silence and solitude and offers spiritual presence and services from her home in Wheaton, IL.
Therese is a longtime friend of the Wheaton Franciscans. She is a licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Illinois and has Certifications in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy. Therese also is a clinical aromatherapist and loves sharing the connection of Essential Oils as companions in life.
My experience in the [Tau Center] program was profound. In the past six months I have changed jobs so that I am working in an environment that is aligned with my inner desires. It hasn’t been easy but I continue to journal and look forward to coming back to Tau Center soon.”— Tau Center program participant