About Us

Established in 2008 by the Wheaton Franciscans, who live intentionally as a presence of blessing in our world, the Tau Center is committed to the transformation of our world by helping individuals awaken to the sacredness of life.

In the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, Tau Center provides a peaceful and reflective environment for people seeking a deeper relationship with God, self, others and all of Creation. Through the integration of body, mind and spirit, Tau Center is committed to offering diverse experiences where individuals can nourish their spirit, find companions on their journey, and connect what they discover to meaning in their life and the world around them.

We offer a sacred space to assist individuals on their own spiritual journey – whether it is to reconnect with their inner-spirit or whether they are seeking a deeper relationship with God and the world around them. Our programs encourage an awakening of the spirit that leads to hope, healing, peace and transformation.

Our Staff

Sharon Devo

Director of Tau Center

Program Facilitation, Spiritual Companioning

Sharon's intention is to be fully present with you in the space and silence, to allow your inner wisdom and the still small voice of the divine to emerge and be heard.

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Sharon Devo
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Retreat and Communications Coordinator

Retreat and small group coordination, e-communication 

Christine is the point of contact for retreatants and visitors to the Tau Center. She is responsible for web design and community outreach and is happy to answer your questions and introduce you (if you are new) to the Tau Center.

Christine has a background in Graphic Design and Non-Profit Administration. I like taking photos of the Wheaton Franciscan campus to share with the community on the Tau Center website. In addition, I enjoy drawing, cartooning, digital painting, graphic design, photography, and creating something new every day. 

Christine Cianciosi
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Tau Center Liaison

Sr. Glenna Czachor, OSF is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister with more than 25 years experience in group facilitation and retreat leadership, specializing in contemplative prayer and worship, scripture study, and creative spirituality. She holds a Masters of Pastoral Studies from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and is a graduate of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction of Tuscon, AZ. She has studied leadership and improvisational skills with the legendary vocal artist and motivational speaker, Bobby McFerrin.

Sr. Glenna serves on the Regional Leadership Team of the Wheaton Franciscans and acts as the Tau Center Liaison, working behind the scenes as a facilitator and guide for operations and as a creative consultant for programs and communications.  

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Sr. Glenna Czachor, OSF
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What is Tau? 

We are asked this question often. To find out more about the meaning and significance of the word 'Tau' in our name click here

St. Clare of Assisi

“What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you do and never abandon.”
― St. Clare of Assisi

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The Cosmic Walk

The Cosmic Walk is a walking meditation that offers a glimpse into our sacred origins.

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All that is Needed is Compassion

To your insight, my friend,

I’ll add my minute seeing:

a mustard seed size of wisdom is enough

to plunge the mind’s insight

into the heart’s seeing

that goodness is always ONE.

Compassion (com-passion) with another

whom/that is NOW before me is all that

is necessary, one breath at a time.

Georgene L. Wilson, OSF, D.Min.

Enjoy a contemplative walk

Walk on our campus along the Peace Path - a winding path through a beautiful prairie of several acres planted with native Illinois grasses and small woodlands. This is a beautiful space for a walking meditation, allowing for both spiritual reflection and physical exercise. 

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Contemplative Writing

Writing can be a form of prayer, meditation, or self-discovery. 

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St. Francis of Assisi

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

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