How We Serve

Spiritual Direction


Sister Karen Joseph provides Spiritual Direction.

Spiritual direction is essentially companioning someone in her or his spiritual life. A spiritual director listens to a person’s life story and is attentive with the directee to God’s call and presence as it unfolds in the ordinary events of life. Through monthly conversations, the goal is to deepen one’s relationship with God by learning to recognize divine grace in all aspects of one’s life.

Other ways of describing spiritual direction include holy listening, spiritual friendship, sacred journeying. It is the art of listening with an ear for the movement of the Holy, or the Divine, in the context of a trusting relationship. Because sessions focus on the faith journey, spiritual direction is not a substitute for psychotherapy or counseling.

The standard fee for spiritual direction, which is available at the monastery, or other locations, is usually between $45 – $60 per session, negotiable according to need and arranged with the director. No one will be deprived of spiritual direction for financial reasons.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 812-367-1411 or the phone number listed below the photo of the spiritual director you wish to contact. 


Spiritual Direction Agreement

A Directee meets with a spiritual director to explore his/her spiritual life. Spiritual direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery of God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment. The director follows the “Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.” These guidelines were established by “Spiritual Directors International” and are available upon request.

Although it is appropriate at times to discuss psychological and relational difficulties in the context of spiritual direction, a spiritual director is not a psychotherapist, and does not provide such services.

The director will hold all spiritual direction conversations with the directee in strict confidence. Spiritual Direction time together is sacred. The director will not reveal the content of these conversations except where the directee has given his/her signed consent or where it is legally and/or ethically required, as in cases of actual or suspected abuse, or risk of injury to self, to a minor, or to any third party. Occasionally, the director may need to use material from the sessions for supervision purposes but the directee’s name will not be revealed.

The usual donation is between $45 – $60 per session, negotiable according to need and arranged with the director. No one will be deprived of spiritual direction for financial reasons.

Spiritual Directors

Sister Betty Drewes, OSB

812-631-3059
Sister Betty has degrees in education, counseling, and spiritual direction. In addition to serving as spiritual director, she enjoys leading days of reflection and retreats. She sees directees in southern Indiana and western Kentucky.

Sister Susan Mary Hooks

812-639-1062
Sister Susan Mary has a bachelor's in business administration. She completed the spiritual direction program in 2016. She currently serves as pastoral life coordinator in Nashville, Indiana. She sees directees in Nashville, Indiana.

Sister Kathryn Huber, OSB

812-631-2959
A trained spiritual director, Sister Kathryn has a master’s degree in pastoral studies with a concentration in spirituality, and has served in community leadership. She sees directees in Ferdinand, Indiana.

Sister Karen Joseph, OSB

812-367-1411 ext. 2832
Sister Karen's education focused on monastic studies and theology. She spent 23 years in leadership in monastic community. She sees directees in Ferdinand, Indiana.

Sister Joella Kidwell, OSB

812-367-1411 ext. 2835
Sister Joella has a master's degree in biological sciences and a diploma in theological studies which included training in spiritual direction. She sees directees in the Southern Indiana region.

Sister Pat McGuire

812-639-4113
Sister Pat has a Master's degree in Christian Spirituality and certification in Spiritual Direction. She has served as teacher, missionary, and pastoral associate. She sees directees in Ferdinand, Indiana and Evansville, Indiana.

Sister Rose Wildeman, OSB

812-367-1411 ext. 2615
Sister Rose has a master's degree in music from Ball State. She worked as a music teacher and liturgist for 34 years. She completed her spiritual direction internship in 2007. She sees directees in Ferdinand, Indiana.

Sister Jane Will, OSB

812-631-8976
Sister Jane is spirituality ministry director at the monastery. She is a licensed psychologist, a spiritual director, and is trained in religious formation and education. She sees directees in Ferdinand and Evansville, Indiana.