President: Vicki Brooks

Secretary: Sr. Maria Hill, CSJ

Treasurer: Michelle Carriere


Kari Canizaro

Randy Clement

Fran Harvey

Paulette Pourciau

Camilla Pugh


Awakening and deepening spirituality to impact our world

The mission of St. Joseph Spirituality Center is rooted in the mission of Jesus Christ, the same mission which continuously unfolds in the Church and in the world: "That they all may be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you; I pray that all may be one in us." (John 17:21)

From its mission, interpreted through the charism of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Christ, women and men desirous of a life of faith, prayer and service. Within the Roman Ignatian Spirituality as the context for its offerings.

The purpose of the Center is to promote religious education and the spiritual development of adults. This includes activities that foster the wholeness and holiness of the human person, which leads to a deepening and effective consciousness of the role of the Christian in the world.

The Core Values of CSJ Sponsored Ministries:

  • Exercise our personal and collective leadership to bring about a more just and peaceful world.
  • Collaborate with others to change societal systems that cause injustice, oppression and poverty.
  • Take steps to strengthen, heal and renew Earth.
  • Work toward transforming the culture of power, privilege and violence, to a culture that is inclusive, embraces diversity and welcomes the gifts of all.




    Dianne Hanley
    Dianne Hanley
    Executive Director

    Dianne L. Hanley is the Executive Director of the St. Joseph Spirituality Center. Ms. Hanley holds a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She has extensive experience in leading retreats, and ecumenical and interfaith dialogues. She is a trained facilitator for Ignatian retreats and has practiced Ignatian Spirituality for the past 20 years. Ms. Hanley has a thorough knowledge of the Catholic Social Teachings, having attended the Social Action Summer Institute over five summers as well as having traveled with Catholic Relief Services to Ethiopia and Tanzania. She is also engaged in the social mission of the Church as a community advocate with Together Baton Rouge, intentionally living as a contemplative in action. She served previously at Catholic Charities as the Parish Social Ministry Associate Director for the Baton Rouge Diocese and at St. George Catholic Church as Social Responsibility Coordinator.

    Melinda LeBlanc, MPS
    Adjunct Spiritual Director

    Melinda received her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans. Melinda holds a Masters in Political Science from LSU, and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She is a member and serves as secretary on the Board of LSDI, Louisiana Spiritual Directors, Inc. She is active in homebound ministry, RCIA and marriage preparation in her home parish of St. Patrick. After 30 years in state government, she pursued her love of prayer and ministry by joining the staff at Christ the King Parish and Student Center on LSU's campus where she served as Spiritual Director and Campus Minister. As she now brings all her gifts to the work of the Center, she feels blessed to be able to share in the faith journeys of those she directs.

    Faye Coorpender
    Faye Coorpender
    Adjunct Spiritual Director

    Faye Coorpender received certification in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocesan Spiritual Center in New Orleans and eagerly anticipates the privilege of accompanying others on their spiritual journeys. Faye has ten years experience working as a Theology teacher. She recently retired from St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge where she taught for three years. She was previously at St. Francis Catholic Academy in Gainesville, Florida where her roles included teaching Theology, English, and later serving as Campus Minister directing retreats for high school students. Faye attended the University of Florida, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's Degree in Education. She also has been active in her home parish as a Faith Formation teacher and has taught RCIA for students in varied grade levels. Faye says that the grace that she received over the years in regular Spiritual Direction opened the door to her own pursuit of training in Spiritual Direction.

    Carmen Smith
    Carmen Smith
    Adjunct Spiritual Director

    Carmen Brito-Smith received her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans. Carmen is originally from Ecuador and has lived in the U.S. for the past 36 years. She provides spiritual direction in both Spanish and English. She works at Our Lady of Mercy as a substitute teacher as well as serving in the after-school care program. Carmen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Florida Atlantic University. She enjoys traveling and has visited the Vatican in Rome as well as the Holy Land and Medjugorje. Through Just Faith programs, Carmen has participated in prison ministry, inter-faith dialogue, and social justice initiatives.

    Dana Territo
    Dana Territo
    Adjunct Spiritual Director

    Dana is a graduate of the Religious Studies Institute at St. Benedict Seminary College and has professional certification from the New Orleans Archdiocesan Spirituality Institute in Spiritual Direction. She is a member of St. Jude the Apostle Parish where she was formerly the Director of Ministries. Dana Territo has worked as the Director of Services at Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area/ Charlie's Place in Baton Rouge for almost nine years and is a Certified Dementia Care Partner, in addition to having a Certificate in Gerontology. Dana has long served on many work groups involving the support and advocacy of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or dementia and their caregivers, and now teaches dementia care to staff in nursing homes throughout Louisiana. She has also given presentations for the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center (formerly the Cenacle). She completed the Ignatian Exercises in 2012 and also co-facilitated a Creighton Retreat last year.


    Sr. Cynthia
    Sr. Cynthia Sabathier, CSJ
    Associate Director

    Sr. Cynthia Sabathier, a Sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph, holds Masters degrees in English and Ministry as well as spiritual direction certification through the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans. She has had extensive experience in the fields of education, congregational leadership, pastoral ministry and spiritual direction, specializing in adult faith formation both with individuals and with small Christian communities. She was Executive Director of St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Baton Rouge for the past 12 years. She has been a spiritual director for 20 years. Sr. Cynthia does individual ongoing spiritual direction as well as directed retreats as a full-time ministry. Sister also offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in a 34-week format and Peer Supervision for spiritual directors. Cynthia ministers to and with men and women of various faith traditions.

    Sr. Lucy
    Sr. Lucy Silvio, CSJ
    Associate Director
    Spiritual Director Emeritus

    Sr. Lucy Silvio, a Sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph, holds Masters degrees in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans and in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha. She is also a certified Enneagram and Myers-Briggs teacher. She has had extensive experience in the fields of education, leadership, spiritual direction and retreat work. Currently, in addition to serving on the staff of the Spirituality Center, she serves as the Vicar for Religious and Associate Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    Kathleen Babin
    Sr. Kathleen Babin
    Spiritual Director
    Spiritual Director Emeritus

    Sr. Kathleen Babin, a Sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph, holds degrees in education and theology, and post-graduate studies at Notre Dame University and Our Lady of the Lake, San Antonio. She has served as a teacher and administrator and in Congregation leadership for the Sisters of St. Joseph. She has served on the staff of Management Design, Inc., specializing in facilitation, organizational development and leadership training for church groups. She has served as founding member and president of the board for Myriam's House, a residence and ministry to homeless women in the Baton Rouge area, Sr. Kathleen is a co-founder and former director of the St. Joseph Spirituality Center. She is a trained administrator and interpreter of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Enneagram. Having ministered as a spiritual director for over 25 years, with training in Ignatian Spirituality, she is now retired, but still serves part-time as a spiritual director on the staff of St. Joseph Spirituality Center.

    Elizabeth Marchand
    Administrative Assistant

    Elizabeth Marchand recieved her high school diploma at St. Joseph's Academy in 2016. Currently, she is majoring in Public Relations and Construction Management at LSU.



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