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.

Sharon Devo
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Retreat and Program Specialist

Custom and Seasonal Programs, Group Retreats and Spiritual Direction

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.

“Whether meeting with a group or an individual, I respond to your needs to customize an experience that meets your level of spiritual understanding. My goal when leading prayer services or retreats is to make the experience relevant to the participants. Theology and spiritual studies will have little impact if we cannot identify or connect with the spirit of the teaching.

We don’t need to look very hard to find places and events in our lives that touch our hearts and souls…but sometimes we do need a little guidance. I can offer gentle teaching and exercises to deepen your connection to God, self and the world around you.

Our lives are busy and our culture creates many distractions that can keep us from deepening our spiritual life. Therefore, an important element to prayer and retreats is silence. It is in these moments of peace that we can hear “the still quiet voice of God.”

In spiritual direction the greatest gift I can offer to an individual is the simple gift of deep listening. I will accompany you as a ‘compassionate listener’, reflecting back to you the wisdom you already hold in your heart and soul.  I will encourage you to move deeper with evocative questions, reflective exercises and an invitation to sit in silence allowing the Spirit within to speak. The power of Spirit, where two or more are gathered, is powerful and forms an anchor for us."

Sr Glenna Czachor, OSF
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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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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...

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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The Cosmic Walk

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

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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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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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