Preaching Staff

Brother Bob Roddy, OFM Conv.,

Br. Bob is the Director of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center. Brother Bob joined our staff in January 2007. A native of Nebraska, he has served at our Franciscan Retreat Centers at Mount Saint Francis, Indiana and Mesilla Park, New Mexico.

Brother Bob brings over 17 years of experience in preached retreat ministry. He has also served as an editor for a major Catholic Publishing Company and as Administrator of St. Bonaventure Friary in Washington, DC. Brother Bob has pursued graduate studies in English and Christian Spirituality. His interests include food [he loves to cook], film, and travel.

Br. Bob’s Spiritual Reflections

Father Steve McMichael, OFM Conv.

Fr. Steve is no stranger to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center; he began his journey with the Franciscans here in the mid-1970s. A native of Minnetonka, and a son of St. Therese Parish, Fr. Steve is an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He also leads pilgrimage groups with the Franciscan Pilgrimage program. Fr. Steve has a strong interest in interfaith dialogue, especially among Christians, Jews and Muslims. He is an avid hockey fan and makes a mean corn dog.


Father Jim Van Dorn, OFM Conv.

Fr. Jim is the Guardian of St. Joseph Cupertino Friary. Fr. Jim returned to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center to serve on the preaching staff in early 2009. He also served here during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Fr. Jim has served in a variety of ministries in the province: parish ministry, preached retreat ministry, initial formation ministry, vocation outreach, and parish mission ministry. Fr. Jim brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center and we are thrilled to have him join our community and preaching staff.

Fr Jim Van Dorn Flyer

Father Jim Kent, OFM Conv.

Franciscan priest Jim Kent, the former Minister Provincial of our Province (similar to a Bishop) for ten years brings fresh energy and perspective to the Prior Lake Retreat Center. Fr. Jim is a native of Indiana and holds a master’s degree in theology as well as a master’s in creative writing. An avid reader and enthusiastic downhill skier, Fr. Jim is excited to be a part of the friars serving the retreat ministry in Prior Lake.

Staff Profile Fall 2019 Newsletter

Kathy Berken

Kathy earned her master’s in Theology and graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Catherine University, St. Paul. Previous to her arrival in Minnesota, Kathy was a house coordinator for the L’Arche community in Clinton, Iowa, where she lived and worked with adults with cognitive disabilities. Before that Kathy was the staff reporter and marketing manager for The Compass, the newspaper of the Green Bay, WI diocese, and previous to that she was a high school and college math teacher. Kathy is originally from Wisconsin and has two grown and married children and three grandchildren; she enjoys reading and writing, cooking and baking, bike riding, and spending time with her family. She is also the author of “Walking on a Rolling Deck: Life on the Ark”, a memoir of her ten years with L’Arche.

Staff Profile Winter 2014 Newsletter

Cindy Geiger

Cindy is a certified spiritual director with a Masters Degree in Theology from St. Catherine University. Cindy received a BA in psychology from Dartmouth College and teaching degrees from University of Dayton in Elementary and Special Education.

She brings much wisdom, patience, and humor into spiritual direction. Raised as a Presbyterian in a biracial family of seven children, she joined the Catholic Church in 1993. Her various experiences provide her rich understanding of the sacred art of listening to others. She has worked in hospital treatment centers, taught children with special needs, supported youth with gender identity issues, and facilitated church retreats and classes for both youth and adults. Married to Tom for 33 years, they have five adult children, three married, and a new granddaughter. Cindy enjoys music as a member of both a women’s chorus and a hand bell choir for over 15 years. She also loves to travel and read a good book.

Kris Joseph

Kris is married, and has two adult children and two grandchildren. She is a spiritual director and licensed psychologist with a private practice out of Carondelet Spirituality Center. She has served on staff at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center since 1998.

Kris is interested in the deep connection which we each have with God. She helps others to find comfort and assistance in the midst of the movement of their lives through this connection. Kris has a passion for gardening and an interest in nature. Both of these help to inform and form her ability to listen and wait, to see subtle changes, to trust “the slow work of God”, and to search for the growth often released after pruning.

Corrine Kindschy

Corrine is a trained spiritual director, having completed her studies in spirituality in the Master of Theology program at the College of St. Catherine.

Upon retirement and the death of her husband, Corrine served as a certified counselor with Catholic Charities in St. Paul, MN. Currently, she works as a companion guide in spiritual direction and other areas of spirituality. She resides in White Bear Lake, MN.

Staff Profile Spring 2013 Newsletter

Debbie Koop

Debbie began serving at Franciscan Retreats in March of 2013. She earned her Master’s degree in Theology and a certificate in Spiritual Direction in 2012 from St. Catherine University. In addition to working retreats, she offers spiritual direction for individuals at her church. An active member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Cottage Grove, she has volunteered in Mission Outreach, Music ministry, Liturgy, Parish Council, and bible study to name a few. She has been a long-time volunteer and leader for many organizations . She and her husband, Deacon Steven Koop have worked as a couple on marriage retreats, marriage preparation, and served the Archdiocese in many capacities. She is a wife, mother of four adult children, and grandmother of eight beautiful grandchildren. Debbie considers time with family and friends to be one of life’s greatest blessings. Golf, bridge, gardening, reading, going for walks and enjoying her grandchildren are her favorite activities.

Jayne Krim

Jayne received her spiritual direction certification from Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in St. Paul. She has been married for almost twenty-five years and has three teenage children. She loves to dance, cook, and spend time with her close friends. Jayne is passionate about her spiritual life and will journey with people from all religious traditions. She lives in Apple Valley, MN.


Director of Marketing and Operations

Bob Beck

Bob’s title, “Director of Marketing and Operations” reflects the varied duties entailed in his position. Bob’s time is split approximately 60/40% between marketing and operational support. Bob’s combination of experience in multichannel marketing and familiarity with the retreat center as a volunteer help him select the best ways to communicate with the variety of guests the retreat center is fortunate to host.

As an active retreatant, Bob welcomes making contact with all who have a heart for the retreat center, using their feedback on ‘what makes it special’ to help him shape his promotional efforts. Feel free to contact Bob to get acquainted over a cup of coffee.

Bob, his wife Sue and two adult children are Prior Lake residents.

Staff Profile Spring 2013 Newsletter

Administrative Assistant


Terri Farr our Administrative Assistant resides in Chaska with her husband Darrel and their daughter Kate.  Prior to working at the Retreat Center she was the Administrative Assistant for Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria.  Their daughter, Kate, just finished her freshman year at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  In her free time she loves to walk their mini golden doodle Daisy, entertain friends and family, along with reading any and all types of books

Staff Profile Fall 2019 Newsletter

Culinary Staff

Judy Miller

Judy is our kitchen manager and chef. Her creativity and extraordinary care in creating our meals is well known to staff and retreatants alike. Judy is a native of Prior Lake, MN. She graduated from Mankato State and has since pursued her vocation in cooking at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington (where she was Director of Food Services), at the Renaissance Festival (as La Feast Chef) and at Keystone Senior Community in Prior Lake. She is a member of the International Cake Exploration Society, which practices the art of cake decorating. Judy is a wife and mother of two children with five grandchildren.

Judy’s Gems: Favorite Recipes from Judy’s Kitchen

Music Ministry

Chris Martin

Chris graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. Chris taught music in the public school system for nine years and served as choir director at two parishes in Portland for many years.

In 1998, Chris and her husband, Mike, moved back to Minnesota. She joined the staff at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in 2000. When Chris and her husband visit Oregon, she plays and sings in a group called “Maggie’s Parlour.” The four women in the group play a variety of instruments and perform several styles of music. Irish music is one of their specialities. Their CD is available in the bookstore downstairs.

Staff Profile Summer 2013 Newsletter


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