Sister Elizabeth Amman, OP – Director
Sister Elizabeth Amman is a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister with a background of leadership positions in health care, development, and education. Along with masters degrees in Health Care Administration and Religious Education, she is a certified Spiritual Director. She is also experienced in development, financial management and facilities planning.
Sister Elizabeth grew up in a small rural German community in the Saginaw, Michigan area (Chesaning), and she welcomes the tranquil and serene work setting of Marywood. In addition to management, she offers spiritual companioning.
Sister Anita Beskar, FSPA
Sister Anita Beskar, joins the Marywood community after nearly 60 years of active ministry in her Franciscan community. She brings a broad experience, including developing a Global Education program at Viterbo University, and, most recently, companioning women in their early years of incorporation into the life of a Franciscan Sister. The contemplative atmosphere of Marywood draws her to offer hospitality and presence in this sacred space.
Mary Ellen Green, OP
Sister Mary Ellen Green, a Sinsinawa Dominican, joined the Marywood staff in September 2019. She is serving in both financial development and programming for Marywood. Most recently she served as the Director of Development for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation.
Her fifty years of ministry include being on the leadership team of her congregation as well as teaching and administration on the secondary level. In additional to her educational ministry she has done retreat work throughout the United States as well as in New Zealand, Australia and France.
Sister Mary Ellen has her MA in Pastoral Ministry from Santa Clara University, an MS Ed in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh, and a BA in French education from Edgewood College. Theological study and prayer have always and continue to provide the context for her service.
Sister Karen Kappell, FSPA
Karen Kappell, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, is an artist and teacher who has used these skills in combination with spiritual direction training to create programs and opportunities that develop the creative potential in those who attend Marywood. She believes that the quiet and beauty of Marywood surroundings contribute to bringing forth the creativity that lies within each person. Sister Karen has a studio in her residence where she produces art in a variety of media, in addition to coming to Marywood to share her talents. She is also available as a certified spiritual director.
Sister Marla Lang, FSPA
Marla Lang, joined the Marywood Spirituality Center staff as Outreach Coordinator July 2003. She brings to Marywood her rural family background from Central Wisconsin, the tradition of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and an array of educational and spiritual experiences. Her previous ministries as teacher, principal, director of religious education, parish director and religious community leader have enriched her life and the offerings she shares at Marywood and in outreach programs. Sr. Marla savors the exchange of gifts that happen whenever two or more people meet. She is also available as a certified spiritual director.
Sister Julia Walsh, FSPA
Julia Walsh grew up in a small farming community in Northeast Iowa with her parents and three siblings. Since graduating from Loras College, Julia has interned with the Iowa Catholic Conference, served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and taught high school theology and social studies in Chicago and La Crosse. She is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union and writer found at MessyJesusBusiness.com.
Susan Fredenhagen – Office Manager
Susan Fredenhagen is the office manager at Marywood. She loves the energy and spirit that is found here and the beauty and serene setting makes it a wonderful environment in which to work. Susan has lived in the Northwoods since 1974, owning and operating a local business for 17 years with her husband and three children. She is an avid outdoor person, especially enjoying horseback riding, canoeing and cross-country skiing.
Grant Van Lishout
Pastor Grant is a a spiritual director and program and retreat facilitator. He is serving at Marywood after thirteen years in parish ministry. A pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Grant has served in Hot Springs, SD, La Crosse, WI, and Atlantic, IA. He seeks to walk alongside others in their faith by listening and encouraging in order to help nurture relationships as well as care of one’s self spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. Grant is a family man who loves to spend time with his wife, Sherry, and two daughters, Lily (8) and Hope (5). As a lifeguard and YMCA Swim Coach, he also enjoys personal fitness, reading, and walking his two dogs. Born and raised in Valders, WI, Grant has studied at UW-Green Bay, and St. Olaf College in Minnesota and earned a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL. In 2017 he completed the Spiritual Directors Preparation Program at Franciscan Spirituality Centerin La Crosse, WI. He is also an Affiliate with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. As a Marywood staff member, he is especially interested in broadening Marywood’s Ecumenical partnerships and companioning men and married couples as they explore their spiritual journeys. He looks forward to meeting you!
Pat Pintens is a native of northern Wisconsin. She and her many siblings were raised on a small dairy farm. She credits this for her love of both vegetable and flower gardening, walks in the woods, berry picking and silent sports. Pat has served parishes as a catechist, Director of Religious Education, Campus Minister, Parish Director and choir member. She holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education, Masters in Theology and Masters in Christian Spirituality. Pat dedicates half-time to Marywood as a presenter and doing outreach. She is also available as a certified spiritual director.
Philip Theiler – Buildings/Grounds Supervisor
Phil Theiler grew up in northern Wisconsin in the small town of Tomahawk, where he developed his love for the outdoors. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and graduated with a degree in Forestry. He worked for 34 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Forester and Wildland Firefighter. He and his wife, D’Arcy, have three grown daughters and a golden retriever, Gracie. At Marywood, Phil serves as the Marywood Buildings/Grounds Supervisor.