Spirituality Programs

Tau Center Seasonal Facilitators

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.

Interested in facilitating a program at Tau Center? Please contact Sharon Devo at 630-909-6809 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find out more about this season’s current facilitators:

Dessi Bushi

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 Czachor, OSF

Sr. Glenna is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister and serves as the Director of Tau Center with more than 25 years experience in group facilitation and retreat leadership, specializing in contemplative prayer and worship, scripture study, and creative spirituality.

Laura Desmarais

Laura explored meditation while living in India ten years ago. Since then, she has explored Centering Prayer and has been influenced by Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault.

Sharon Devo

Sharon is on staff at Tau Center as Program Specialist, Retreat Leader and Program Facilitator. With a nearly 30 year meditation practice, rooted in desert spirituality and eastern traditions, she creates space in her life for solitude and silence daily.

Ela Geske

Ela Geske received her Kundalini Yoga instructor and Gong training through the 3HO Foundation/Spirit Rising Yoga in 2014.

Sr. Pat Irr, OSF

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 Kraus

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.

Marian Kraus

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.

Susan Lincoln

Susan Lincoln is a classically trained musician and former opera singer whose passions and studies have led her into the healing arts.

Jill Monaco

Jill Monaco is the Founder and CEO of Jill Monaco Ministries, a 501c3 non profit that publishes the online magazine SingleMatters.com.

Matt Pozen

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

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

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

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.

Larry Stoll

Larry Stoll is a Buddhist/Christian and has been an active member of the Awakening Heart Sangha since 2008.

Susan Tauster

Susan Tauster has practiced and taught Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and meditation for over 20 years.

Sr. Georgene L. Wilson, OSF, D.Min.

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 Yonikus

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