Pursuing Excellence in Spiritual Direction
Our Spiritual Directors are talented listeners. They know how to start the retreat experience with a person’s unique experience of God. The Directors at Eastern Point know how to follow the Exercises closely and faithfully while finding the flexibility to meet individual needs. Our Directors know how to let God direct the retreat experience while asking supportive questions and offering guidance in prayer.
Our resident Directors are joined by guest Directors carefully chosen for their abilities to work thoughtfully with retreatants within the framework followed at Eastern Point. Because all Directors, resident and guest, are afforded the benefits of peer supervision, there is ongoing growth and learning for professionals dedicated to their calling and to the mission of Eastern Point.
Our Spiritual Directors also participate in continuing developmental programs at regional institutions, e.g., Boston College programs on the practice of hope and the programs offered by the Jesuit Collaborative. In turn, our staff provides support to the groups for supervision, training, workshops, and retreats in other locations.
We are pleased to present brief bios of our resident staff:
Richard J. Stanley, SJ
Richard Stanley was born and raised in western Massachusetts. He began college at Fairfield University in Connecticut, joined the Jesuits, and was ordained in 1974. Since then he has been on the staff of Eastern Point, a parish priest in Norwich, Connecticut, and a campus minister at Fairfield University. He divides his time between EPRH and Boston. Richard is an accomplished musician who lends his considerable talents to masses in the retreat house.
Joanne Fantini, CSJA
Joanne Fantini, CSJA was named the new Director of Eastern Point Retreat House as of July 1st, 2013. Joanne brings a wealth or education, training and practice in Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises as well as substantial business experience to the position. She is the mother of 4 adult children and has been an Associate member of the CSJ's of Boston for 27 years. She holds an MA from BC with a concentration in Spirituality and Ministry and completed 2 Practicums in Spiritual Direction with CRD and The Jesuit Collaborative. Joanne has been providing spiritual direction and retreats since 2007 in the Ignatian tradition.