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:
Gillian Ahlgren is Professor of Theology at Xavier University and the author of The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity (Fortress). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the History of Christianity, where she studied with Bernard McGinn and Martin Marty.
Sr. Glenna is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister and serves as a Community Outreach & Retreat specialist with more than 25 years experience in group facilitation and retreat leadership, specializing in contemplative prayer and worship, scripture study, and creative spirituality.
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 is on staff at Tau Center as Director and Program Specialist. 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.
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.
Karen Hurley Kuchar is a leadership coach and consultant to nonprofits. As a life-long writer and reader, she is fascinated by both the power and beauty of words. She started Wisdom Writing Circles using the Amherst writing method that inspired her writing through using prompts and positive feedback.
Chris is a RTY 200 Registered Yoga Teacher with a special certification in Yoga to Transform Trauma since 2016. She also practices Zen Meditation with the Empty Circle Zen Group of NWI led by Senior Dharma Teacher Jerry Ashmore which she incorporates into her Yoga teachings.
Susan Lincoln is a classically trained musician and former opera singer whose passions and studies have led her into the healing arts.
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.
Larry Stoll is a Buddhist/Christian and has been an active member of the Awakening Heart Sangha since 2008.
Chris' personal meditation practice started three years ago while working through some difficult times. It has become such an important part of her life that it lead her to find ways to grow deeper in the person practice. Currently, Chris is in process of taking a two-year mindfulness meditation teaching certification program to grow and volunteer to train others.
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