Facilitators

Sr. Joetta Huelsmann, PHJC

Sr. Joetta has trained Spiritual Companions since 2009. Since then, seven groups of sixty two people have graduated.

She is the former director of John XXIII Retreat Center and now serves as the PHJC Provincial of the American Province. Sister Joetta has training in Ignatian Spirituality and is a graduate of the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Guidance.

Her master’s degree is in Human and Religious Studies and she holds bachelor’s degree in English with an Elementary Education minor. She has been a spiritual director for 35 plus years with experience in parish ministry as well. Sister Joetta is a member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

 

Rev. James Hilleson, MDiv, BCC

James is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving parishes in Ohio and Indiana for 27 years. In 2008, he began serving as Director of Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy Services at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. He was endorsed by the ELCA for chaplaincy ministry and was a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Retired from Chaplaincy in 2020, James has served as co-facilitator in the 2019-2021 Spiritual Companionship Program.

James’ MDiv. is from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA and his BS in Social Work is from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN.

In 2000, he received a Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant and studied Ecumenical relations with an emphasis in Jewish, Islamic and Christian studies. Part of his sabbatical included a 5-week study trip with the Tantur Institute, a Roman Catholic Ecumenical study community located between Jerusalem & Bethlehem, The Holy Land. He is a Spiritual Director/Companion, having completed the Spiritual Direction program at John XXIII Retreat Center in 2016, formerly in Hartford City, IN.

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