Spirituality Programs
Facilitator Bios
Jeanne Connolly

Jeanne has a strong background in workshop development and delivery, organizational development, team facilitation, process improvement, and strategic planning. She believes that people are an organization’s greatest resource and that organizations must continually inspire service and commitment while balancing financial viability and operational value. Jeanne offers consulting services and workshops through J.M Connolly and Associates. She also currently serves as Vice-President of Board of Directors for the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR). Since 2007, Jeanne has served as the Director of Covenant Companionship and External Communication with the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters.  She has been a Covenant Companion with the Wheaton Franciscans for more than 20 years.

Jeanne operates on the belief we are all called to be instruments of peace, transformation, and hope -- each in our own way. Each of us has a role in life, ministry, and mission to be in service with the Creator, and one another, for the greater good. Being open to the Spirit, remaining open to personal transformation, and pursuing opportunities for life-long learning helps us to understand and affirm that call “deep within.” She desires to facilitate opportunities for greater wholeness and to affirm how each of us lives out the call of the Spirit in our daily lives. 

Jeanne Connolly

Jeanne Connolly

Jeanne Connolly is the Director of Charism and Mission and has more than 30 years of leadership, management, training, and consulting experience. She holds an Ed.D. in Adult Education/Human Resource Development from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. 

Sr. Glenna Czachor, OSF

Sr. Glenna Czachor, OSF

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 Desmarais

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 Devo

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, OSF

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.

Karen Hurley Kuchar

Karen Hurley Kuchar

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.

Christine Kroon

Christine Kroon

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.

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

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 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.

Sr. Glenna Czachor, OSF

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. Learn More...

Sr. Georgene Wilson, OSF

Sr. Georgene is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister.  She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree. Learn More...

 

Sharon Devo

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. Learn More...