|The Spiritual Path
The spiritual path for each human being is a sacred and precious journey and unfolding. Listening to the movements of the Spirit takes a life-time. St. Benedict tells us to listen with the “ear of the heart” in his Rule.
I am a Benedictine Sister living and working as a core community member of the Desert House of Prayer. The Desert House is a small retreat center run by the Redemptorists. It is located near Saguaro National Park West northwest of Tucson, Arizona.
I am a recent graduate of the Heyschia School of Spiritual Direction. This program is run by the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Tucson, Arizona.
My roots are Roman Catholic and Benedictine. However, I am open to directees from various backgrounds, faiths, and life experiences. Though Christian, I also honor other traditions. I was part of my community’s (former) Osage Monastery Forest of Peace Ashram in Oklahoma. Osage monastery is a retreat center dedicated to contemplative prayer and interreligious dialogue.
Consequently, a very important experience for me was being a member of the board of directors for the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. It is a North American board that is “part of the larger DIM/MID group which works under the aegis of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome” (MID website). During my years on the board I served as secretary of the board and attended meetings and dialogue events. These gatherings included Gethsemane III and several Nuns in the West dialogue encounters. I coordinated and facilitated Nuns in the West III.
My interests include contemplative prayer, Lectio Divina, art and nature.
Spiritual direction is offered at my office at the Desert House of Prayer.
You can reach me by phone or email: Sr. Katherine Ann Smolik, OSB at (520) 400-9263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.