The Team

Spiritual Directors on the Retreat Team

Robyn BluntMs Robyn Blunt
Robyn is a Lay Chaplain, parent, grandmother, and Spiritual Director, who walks daily with people searching for a deeper meaning or an awareness of a personal God in life. Spiritually and theologically, Robyn draws deeply on the rich Christian tradition,  prayer practices and life experiences,  to assist people who’ve lost faith or no longer understand who God is.  Robyn works in Orange with people touched by Mental Health, Grief and Loss.

Kathleen JonesMrs Kathleen Jones
Married with six adult children; Kathleen has a strong desire to enable others to encounter God’s compassionate, all-embracing love for them in their own sacred stories and in the detail of their daily lives. Kathleen has worked as an Occupational Therapist and has been working as a Spiritual Director and involved with the Retreats in Everyday Life in the Diocese since 2009.

Fr Carl Carl MackanderMackander
Carl is a diocesan priest of the Bathurst Diocese and Parish Priest of Wellington. In 1998 after completing a three-month Ignatian program at St Buenos in Wales, Carl joined Sr Patricia Nugent rsm in directing Retreats in Everyday life in the Diocese. He is an experienced guide and has wide interests in and is an avid reader of spirituality, social justice and theology.

Photo of Ann-MareeSr Ann-Maree O’Beirne rsm
Ann-Maree is a Sister of Mercy, interested in accompanying others in their search to recognise and give expression to God in their everyday life and has been involved with the Retreats in Everyday Life in the Diocese since 2009. With a background in teaching and parish work. Ann-Maree is currently living in Bathurst, working in spiritual direction as well as a casual tutor for ACU while doing a PhD in Theology.

Photo of MaureenSr Maureen Schiemer rsj
Maureen is a Josephite Sister with degrees in Theology and Christian Spirituality and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Heart of Life, Melbourne. After long involvement in Catholic Education in the diocese, Maureen is currently Pastoral Assistant in the Oberon parish and has been involved with the Retreats in Everyday Life in the Diocese since 2010.

Photo of Fr Steve Sinn sjFr Stephen Sinn sj
Steve is a Jesuit Priest with many years’ experience walking with people from all walks of life. Before coming to Bathurst Steve was Parish Priest at St Canice’s in Kings Cross, for 18 years. Steve moved to Bathurst in 2014 to found a community centred around vulnerable, marginalised men and women. He also offers retreats and spiritual direction.