Marybeth Martin, PHJC, received a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago, spiritual direction training from the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago, spiritual direction internship at Claret Center and supervision training from the Institute of Spiritual Guidance at Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI. She is a spiritual director and supervisor for other spiritual directors. Some of her experience includes young adults, long-term volunteers, 12-Steppers, women in religious communities and people of different ages and at various levels on the spirituality spectrum. She also enjoys leading spiritual companioning groups, retreats and reflection days, even by Zoom!
As a spiritual director, she companions people to help discover their inner wisdom and stillness, the invitation to growth, what opens and blocks the awareness of being Beloved. As a supervisor, she walks with other spiritual directors as they name their strengths and areas for growth to be more free in their own ministry.
Marybeth grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana and is a member of an international religious congregation, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, with a motherhouse in Donaldson, Indiana. She currently offers spiritual direction with two Chicago area parishes and does part-time campus ministry at Ancilla College on the grounds of her Motherhouse. Previous experience includes teaching special education, ministering on college campuses and with young adults, serving in vocation ministry and discernment and co-directing a volunteer service program.
Spiritual direction has been an important tool in Marybeth’s spiritual growth. She is grateful for the opportunities to help others listen to the story of their lives and see more clearly the sacred in work, relationships, every-day situations and their own minds and hearts.