Sister Christine Connolly, OP, joined the staff of the Dominican Retreat & Conference Center in August, 2016. Sr. Chris has been engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work for over 30 years.  She is a trained spiritual director and served at Clarent Center in Chicago, conducting retreats for college students, seminarians and your adults, while concurrently serving as spiritual director at the Loyola University Institute for Pastoral Studies.  Sr. Chris is a member of the Dominican Sisters  of Peace where she served as Vocation Minister for her community.  She has a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College and   a master’s in  pastoral studies with a concentration in Scripture from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  Sr. Chris served as a Rector in a residence hall at the university of Notre Dame, in addition, she worked with Campus Ministry providing spiritual direction to students and staff and as a retreat director for the directed retreats on Campus.

Spiritual direction, sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human.

The primary focus of spiritual direction is a person’s relationship with God as it is reflected and challenged by all aspects of that person’s life.

Spiritual direction encourages you to experience a closer relationship with God. You might come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to:

  •     Identify and trust your own experience of God
  •     Deepen and expand your prayer and attentiveness to interior spiritual movements
  •     Integrate spirituality into your daily life
  •     Discern and make choices
  •     Grow in relationship with God, self , others and creation

Usually sessions are once a month for an hour. The suggested offering is $25-$40 per session. If you are interested in exploring this with one of our qualified directors please call our office at 393-4169 to begin the conversation.

                                                             Spiritual Directors


518-393-4169 / Fax (518) 393-4525

Sr. Susan M. Leslie, OP is a member of the DRCC Staff.  She has a rich background in spirituality, spiritual accompaniment, and various modalities of complementary medicine.  Sr. Susan, a trained spiritual director, has led retreats in the United States and Latin America, and also has conducted numerous workshops on self-care.  She enjoys accompanying individuals in spiritual direction, as well as in holistic healing practices.  Since she is bilingual, Spanish speakers would be most welcome!

Spiritual Direction

Dominican Retreat

and Conference Center