Spirituality Programs
Facilitator Bios
Karen Hurley Kuchar

A time of transition in her life was the source of many poems, which are published in a collection entitled, Consider the Lobster.

She holds a Master of Counseling Psychology from George Williams College.  Her professional career included both counseling and administrative roles in nonprofit social service organizations.  During her time as executive director of Family Shelter Service, she worked with a volunteer group to encourage clients to write about their experiences.  Two published anthologies contain survivor stories of heartbreak as well as the resilience of the human spirit, Wings for the Soul and Storms Inside the House.

She lives with her husband in Downers Grove.  In addition to her work and writing, she enjoys her grandchildren and spends time in nature, which provides inspiration for many of her poems. She is currently a member of the Writers Workshop at COD and benefits from the support offered by the instructor and the community of writers.

Karen is President of the board of Anawim Arts, an organization that seeks to integrate the arts and spirituality. Anawim is a collaborative ministry sponsored by The Institute of the Blessed Virgin and grew out of the work of the Loretto Sisters in Wheaton. Anawim currently partners with Tau Center to offer programs and events at our location.

To learn more about Anawim, go to www.anawimarts.com.

 

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...