Mary da Silva Abinante
Mrs. Mary da Silva Abinante has worked in parish, retreat, and high school ministries in California and the Northwest for over 30 years, focusing on spirituality, liturgy, and ministry formation. She is currently on the Adult Spirituality Team at St. Ignatius College Prep. in San Francisco. She has a M.A. in Religious Education and has done additional graduate work in adult formation. She and her late husband Phil have three college-age children.
Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.
Ordained a Jesuit in 1984, Fr. Gregory Boyle worked as a teacher, pastor, and prison chaplain before founding Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries in 2001. Homeboy traces its roots to “Jobs for a Future” (JFF), a program created by Boyle in 1988 at Dolores Mission parish to address the needs of gang-involved youth. Today Homeboy Industries’ nonprofit development enterprises include Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy Maintenance, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, and Homegirl Café.
As an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Boyle is a nationally renowned speaker, and author of the worldwide best-seller Tattoos on the Heart. Homeboy Industries is recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the country.
Ms. Linda Cunha-Ricchio is Director Emerita of the Institute for Leadership in Ministry of the Diocese of San Jose. She has worked in diocesan and parish roles for over 15 years, focusing on ministry leadership, adult formation, and spirituality. She is a graduate of the Pierre Favre Program. Linda currently directs individuals in the Spiritual Exercises, 19th Annotation Retreat, and leads parish sessions on prayer and spirituality. She is bilingual (English and Spanish).
Fr. Fernandez teaches pastoral theology and missiology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University at Berkeley. He publishes, gives workshops and retreats, and assists at local parishes.
Ms. Cris Goodman graduated from the Favre Program and has co-led retreats at JRC. She worked as a spiritual director in the Pilot FIRE program at Holy Spirit Parish and has worked in the Institute for Leadership in Ministry. Cris has also accompanied souls during 8-day silent retreats and directs the Spiritual Exercises as well as general spiritual direction.
Ms. Anne Grycz is the Director Emerita of the Institute for Leadership in the Diocese of San Jose. She works closely with both the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos and the Ignatian Center at Santa Clara University. She is also involved with Permanent Deacon and Advanced Lay Leadership Formation in the diocese. Anne is a graduate of the Pierre Favre program and, with Andrew Rodriguez, S.J., facilities the program’s third year class.
Bobby Karle is a Jesuit from the Midwest Province and co-founder of Ignatian Yoga. He began practicing yoga in 2009, between his time as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize and entering the Jesuits in 2010. He is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from DePaul University. Bobby taught Religious Studies and Yoga at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep for three years. He is currently in studies at the Jesuit School of Theology for the final three years of priestly formation.
Peter F. McGoey M.A. MFC is a Primary Counselor at the Cottage Hospital COPE Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Programs in Santa Barbara, California. He also conducts evaluations in the Trauma Department at Cottage. Peter has worked for over 35 years in the Chemical Dependency Recovery Field. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara Continuing Education Department, Antioch University and Santa Barbara City College. He has led retreats for individuals and family members in recovery from alcoholism or addictions. Peter has completed the training to teach Centering Prayer focusing on 11th step Meditation for those in 12 step programs.
Brendan McGuire is pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in San Jose, California. He also serves as vicar general of the diocese and director of parish planning. He is the author of three books of Sunday homilies and is a contributor to Give Us This Day.
Rita is a pastoral minister with a BA in Theology from John Carroll University, a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and a doctorate in Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. For the past 22 years Rita served in the Secondary apostolate as the Director of Adult Spirituality at St. Ignatius high school in San Francisco. Rita is a trained spiritual director in Ignatian retreats from Creighton University. Her ministry includes spiritual direction and a retreat director in the Ignatian tradition.
Fr. Tom C. Weston, S.J.
Fr. Tom C. Weston, S.J., has been involved in 12-Step Programs since 1976. A former Director of the Jesuit Volunteers Corps and a teacher at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, he has degrees and experience in counseling, education and theology. He counsels, conducts workshops and seminars, and preaches retreats internationally and often. He lives and gardens in Oakland, California.