Meet our team of talented Presenters.
Fr. Carl J. Arico is a founding member of Contemplative Outreach and served as its vice-president for many years. Currently, he serves on the Gift Committee which is entrusted with the stewardship of the works of Father Thomas Keaking. He is an editor and contributor of the Contemplative Life Program and the Heartfulness and the The Gift of Life series. Father Carl is a popular retreat leader and international speaker. He is the author of A Taste of Silence. Presently, Fr.Carl is in residence at Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Bayonne, New Jersey.
Anita Constance, S.C. is a certified spiritual director and graduate of the An Croi' Spiritual Guidance Program, receiving a diploma in Spiritual Guidance from the Jesuit Milltown Institute in Ireland. She is the author of several books, and is experienced in giving retreats and workshops. Sister Anita received a M.S. from Fordham University where she focused on spiritual and pastoral counseling. Healing Touch, bereavement counseling, and spiritual direction are among her ministries.
Patricia Crowley OP, is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, NJ presently directing the Lumen Center at Caldwell, NJ. She has worked in education as an administrator,as well as an elementary and secondary teacher. Sister Pat worked for twelve years as a staff member for RENEW International. She holds a Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
Kathleen Detlet, D. Min. is a certified spiritual director and graduate of the An' Croi Spiritual Guidance Program. Kathy has taught on all levels of education and now enjoys offering retreats, days of prayer, and journeying with others as a spiritual guide. She holds a Masters in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University, a Masters in Counseling from Seton Hall University and a Doctorate in Ministry from Drew University. Dr. Detlet is Co-Director of the Lumen Center.
Karen Frank, R.N., is a Jewish Pastoral Nurse whose work integrates physical and spiritual health. She serves as Congregational nurse at area synagogues, meeting with members and their families who are undergoing health or aging concerns. She also has a private practice in the area where she consults on health issues, assists families in making lifestyle choices, helps them grapple with physical or spiritual issues, and connects families to community resources. Karen is also a national trainer for facilitators in the Wise Aging Program, designed by Dr. Linda Thal and Rabbi Rachel Cowan. She leads local groups in the program, whose focus is on seeing aging as a time of possible growth, enrichment, and deeper spirituality.
Ginger Grancagnolo, Ed.D., OPA is a Lay Dominican Associate. She is a lecturer, author and private counselor. Thirty years experience in the fields of education, psychology, and theology have earned her many degrees, including a Doctorate in Christian Ministry. Dr. Ginger has a sound practical approach in helping others toward self-assertion. She has created many healing CD workshops and is the author of Who Would I Be If I Weren’t So Afraid?, The Mother Principle, and The Father Principle. Her most recent book is How To Find Your JOY in a Crazy Upside-Down World. Dr. Ginger is an adjunct professor at Bloomfield College in the Department of Education. She also has her Doctorate in Christian Ministry.
Janet Ruffing, RSM, Ph.D., STM, MAS, is Professor of the Practice of Spirituality at Yale University , (2010- ), Professor Emeritas of
Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University (1986 - 2009), and a founder of Spiritual Directors International. She taught
English and Religion in secondary schools before her doctoral studies as well as serving in Diaconal Formation for the Diocese of
Oakland, CA. She has offered spiritual direction since 1978 and trained spiritual directors from 1984 - 2009.
Paul Sansone has studied Scripture at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. His is very active and committed to Adult Education especially in the area of faith formation. Paul is a frequent presenter at the Lumen Center.
Jane Selinske, Ed.D., LCSW, NCPsyA is a certified teacher, administrator, and former principal of a girls academy and a special education school. She has taught at all levels of education and has led workshops, retreats, staff trainings and group facilitations. As a licensed clinical social worker she has worked in numerous hospitals and clinical settings. Dr. Selinske's training in religious studies and spiritual direction was utilized in the Newark Archdiocesan Spiritual Direction Training Program where she taught and supervised. She led the Foundational Spiritual Experience Program at Immaculate Conception Seminary for graduate, ministerial and theology students. She is a presenter who has united the fields of education, psychology and spirituality.