Life’s Journey

As seen in the Summer/Fall 2017 Norbertine Center for Spirituality program guide

Dear Friends,

BridgeRemember the Nissan® car commercials several years ago? The company’s slogan was: “Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!” Isn’t that true? Life truly is a journey with many ups and downs, twists and turns. Life here at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality is much the same way. As most of you know, we are continuing a journey that began in 1979 with the creation of the then-Ministry and Life Center. And, like it has in other eras, the center is undergoing a shift in leadership and a makeover in its physical structure.

  • Judy Turba has recently been named director of external relations and media advancement for St. Norbert Abbey, in which she is involved with strategic abbey initiatives, along with public relations, communications, and vocations. She continues her role as executive editor of Abbey Magazine. The center is grateful beyond words for the countless lives that she has touched throughout this past decade under her leadership.
  • With this transition of Judy has come other shifts in our center leadership structure. I have assumed full directorship of the center, having shared the role with Judy for the past two years as co-directors.
  • Kathie Tilot, having completed her spiritual direction formation program at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin, will serve as spiritual direction coordinator, as well as public relations coordinator for the center.
  • Ann Herlache has taken on the role of program coordinator, overseeing the production of the program guide, as well as the various and numerous programs and retreats that we host here at the center.
  • Sr. Lisa Alexander, SSJ-TOSF, has been hired as the new administrative assistant. Sr. Lisa is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (I challenge you to say that fast three times!) based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She has a background in healthcare administration work, as well as leadership with her community. We are delighted to have her on board!
  • Finally, Lori McKeough continues in her role as weekend assistant, providing hospitality for the retreatants who grace this place Friday through Sunday.

Not only does this journey include a bridge from our past to the future as described by our staff transitions, the construction of an elevator and a large meeting room to provide for our growing needs will present other “ups and downs.” We are thrilled that handicapped accessibility will be a reality in the near future! But in the meantime, please pardon the dust on this long and winding road of construction.

Life truly is a journey. Don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

Tony Pichler

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