Introducing our 2019-2020 Presenters

We, the co-directors of Marie Rose Place, wish to thank all our presenters for generously giving of their time and talent without monetary compensation. May God bless each one of you! We also wish to thank the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the Basilian Fathers of Sandwich for their on-going support and encouragement for the mission and ministry of Marie Rose Place.

"If we are in God and God is in us, how can we not be on fire?"
Blessed Marie Rose Durocher,
Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary


Bruce Burton taught international relations and political science at the University of Windsor for over thirty years. He has a special interest in Asia, which has taken him to India, China, Vietnam and Myanmar. He hikes at Point Pelee or Ojibway Park to satisfy his love of birding. His other addictions include reading the Tablet, a U.K. international Catholic weekly and watching British TV crime mysteries. His passion for the ecological dimension of his religious faith began when he heard Sr. Dianne Bergant’s talk on The Integrity of All of Creation at Assumption University’s Christian Culture Series in 1993


Dr. John Cappucci is the fifth and current holder of the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and conflict at Assumption University. He has extensive first-hand research experience working with both Jewish and Muslim communities. In addition to his research, Dr. Cappucci has also taught an array of courses across the social sciences and humanities.


Deacon Fred Eldridge M.A. graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in English. He taught high school English until his retirement. He took courses in Theology at Canterbury College and Assumption University. During this time, he also began studies at the Haden Institute at Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Niagara Falls, graduating as a trained Spiritual Director. Fred was ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada on St. Andrew’s Day 2009 and went on to receive an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Assumption University. He volunteers at the Hospice of Windsor. Currently Deacon Fred ministers at the Anglican Church of the Ascension. His other interests include leading Bible Study, Centering Prayer, a prayer shawl ministry, attending theatre and dining out.


Julie Gauthier R.N. resides in Amherstburg, ON. She graduated as a registered nurse from Hotel Dieu Hospital in Windsor. She retired from nursing when she adopted her two children. She nursed five members of her family at home over a period of 20 years. She has been widowed for 5 years. She was involved in Youth Ministry and COR retreats for 15 years as well as the Volunteer Management Program "Called, Gifted and Sent" in her home parish. For relaxation she enjoys spending time with her adult children and grandchildren. She cherishes the friendships she has formed through golf, exercise classes, her book club, euchre and Centering Prayer groups.


Antoinette Janisse snjm is a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary whose aim in life is to build the Kingdom of God through prayer and action. She is a former teacher, missionary and spiritual leader.


Helen Janisse is a retired pastoral minister and an Affiliate of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul projects such as Forgotten Harvest and Helping Hands. She also provides transportation for refugees living at Angela Rose House and is a caregiver to a friend suffering from Alzheimer's.


Diana Mady Kelly is a graduate of Richard Rohr's Living School. She is Professor Emeritus with the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor.


Dr. Norman King is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Windsor and Acting Principal and Director of Education at Iona College. From 2011 – 2017 he held the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict at Assumption University. He has written and lectured on a wide variety of themes in the area of religion and spirituality. He has given particular emphasis on the role of story, music and other arts, and on the human quest for meaning, for a sense of worth and purpose in our lives.


Paul McGill csb is a Basilian priest who has been ordained 44 years. He has served as a High School History Teacher for 6 years, a Pastor for 20 years, and as a University Chaplain for 20 years. In his current capacity as co-director of Marie Rose Place, he hopes to utilize his skills as a group facilitator, a community builder and an adult educator. He enjoys following current events and travel.


Franklin Mizzi csb is a Basilian priest. He possesses a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counselling, has graduated from a Post Degree Programme in Marriage and Family Therapy, is licensed by the state of Michigan as a Marriage Counsellor and is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has previously served as a High School Teacher, a High School Principal, and a Campus Minister.


Jane Ripley B. Mus. - After several years of teaching elementary school and having a private piano studio, Jane returned to the University of Windsor and completed a vocal degree as well as a diploma in church music. She continues to teach piano, theory and voice, and is director of the Gallery Choir at Corpus Christi Church. She is also an instructor in spirituality and music at Iona and Canterbury Colleges. She has recorded an instrumental CD entitled "Come to My Heart" featuring violin and cello, as well as a CD of the Corpus Christi Gallery Choir.


Janine Rocheleau snjm is a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and is co-founder and co-director of Mary Rose Place. She has a Bachelor of Art degree in Social Sciences from the University of Windsor and a Master of Art degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Joseph College in Hartford CT. She has much experience in teaching elementary school, youth and vocation ministry and retreat facilitation. She is a Therapeutic Touch Practitioner and belongs to the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario (TTNO). She is a Patient Care Trained Volunteer (PCVT) at the Hospice of Windsor. For relaxation she delights in movies, jazz and classical music, opera, detective stories, murder mysteries, folk art, stained glass, and clay sculpting.


Anne Shore M.A. was born in Montreal and began her education career as an Elementary School and Special Education Teacher. She then moved on to becoming a Campus Minister at Loyola College. She eventually was named the National Chaplain for University Campus Ministry in Canada.

Given this background and wealth of experience she was invited to become the Director of the Department of Theology at Assumption University in Windsor where she taught graduate theology. She also taught in the University of Windsor's Faculty of Education. In addition to all this, Anne was on the committee to develop the permanent Diaconate Program for the Diocese of London.

These days Anne is a frequent speaker and workshop/retreat facilitator throughout Ontario, Quebec and Michigan on diverse religious and theological topics. In her spare time for relaxation she enjoys reading, movies, music, the Raptors and finding her ancestors through genealogy research.


Crystal Kotow-Sullivan M.A. is a lifelong learner and educator. She has spent many years teaching and facilitating workshops in Canada, USA and Africa. With a background in Adlerian psychology, theology and Ignatian Spirituality, as well as a love of science and math, she brings a unique perspective to personal growth and our journey to wholeness. She has worked with and used the Enneagram and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) for over 30years both personally and with her family and clients. She continues to teach online, loves to cook, garden read, knit and spend time with her grandchildren.


John Sullivan M.A. has been a relationship/marriage therapist and coach for the past 30 years. He was personally trained by Dr. Harville Hendrix, the creator of Imago Relationship Therapy - a system followed by over 2500 therapists in 53 countries. He has been facilitating Getting the Love You Want workshops and seeing clients in Canada and the USA for 3 decades. He passionately believes the tools are available in today’s world to allow couples to create the relationship they truly want, and has combined his years of experience teaching, coaching and counselling to help couples do just that. "I prefer the term coach, to therapist or counsellor, as the connotation around those words is that there is something wrong with the person, whereas, as a coach, there is nothing wrong with my players, but sometimes what they are doing is not working as well as thy would like. I believe the same is true of relationships."


Ferdinanda Van Gennip M.Div. is a retired teacher and translator. She also has a Master of Divinity degree from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. During her theology studies, being especially inspired by the talks and writings of "eco-theologian" Fr. Thomas Berry, she focused on ecology and spirituality. She believes that it is religious leaders of all faiths who are in the best position to guide humanity and society to deal with today’s environmental crisis as we only protect what we love and believe to be sacred.


Ruth Ann Wilhelm is a retired Social Worker after 30 years of private practice. She enjoys many creative ventures including quilting, water colour painting, writing and drumming. In the last five years she has presented workshops on creativity, aging, grieving, spirituality and living well at Marie Rose Place.

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