Bryna Bozart is the founder and director of the Charlotte Spirituality Center. She brings 24 years of experience as Chaplain of the Carolinas Health Care System, received her certificate for supervisory training of Spiritual Directors from “Together in the Mystery Supervisor Program” associated with San Francisco Theological Seminary. Bryna holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, a Masters of Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University, and a BA in secondary education from Meredith College. She is certified by NACC and offers Spiritual Direction in private practice at St. Luke’s parish in Mint Hill, NC.
Within the community, Bryna is a founding member of both R.A.I.N. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) and the Charlotte Diversity Council. She has served as a consulting chaplain to Florence Crittenton House, and as a spiritual advisor to International House. She has sat on the advisory board of The Sisters of Mercy and the House of Prayer Retreat Center in Hot Springs, NC, and was an early participant in Mecklenburg Ministries.
Bryna Bozart has been published regionally and nationally, including articles in journals and magazines such as: Health Progress, National Catholic Reporter, Sisters Today, Today’s Parish, Living Prayer, Catholic News and Herald, Messenger of the Sacred Heart and Voice of the Shepherdress.
Linda Flynn is a co-director of the Charlotte Spirituality Center and Director of the CSC at The Oratory, Rock Hill, SC. She has been practicing spiritual direction and facilitating prayer groups for over twelve years in the Charlotte community. A spiritual director and retreat leader, she specializes in Ignatian Spirituality, discernment, twelve step recovery, the enneagram and veterans spiritual care. With a degree in Hospitality Management, she received her spiritual direction training with the Jesuits in Raleigh, NC, her certificate from the Charlotte Spirituality Center and her supervisory certificate from “Together in the Mystery Supervision Program” associated with San Francisco Theological Seminary. A teacher at the CSC and The Oratory Center for Spirituality, Linda is a progressive, ecumenical Catholic-Christian, a mother of five and loves community! Linda is also the co-founder of the annual event “Blanket Banquet” for the homeless in Charlotte. Her hero is Dorothy Day.
Carol Hassell is co-director of the Charlotte Spirituality Center. She received a Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte in 2002. She is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church USA since 2004 and a Level VI student at the CSC. She has served 1 year as an associate pastor and 8 years as a solo pastor. Carol loves all the disciplines of ministry including the ministry of spiritual direction. She is an active member of the Presbytery of Charlotte’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry shepherding men and women through discernment in the inquiry and candidacy phases of the ordination process and served previously as co moderator of the CPM. She is currently serving as chaplain at Sharon Towers Independent and Assisted Living Community in Charlotte, NC. Carol offers retreat leadership and mini workshops on traditional and creative pathways of prayer, scripture as an entrypoint to prayer (lectio divina, Ignatian contemplation, praying with psalms, etc) and Bible study towards a personal, liberating encounter by the Spirit bringing the Word to life for us, in us and through us.
Suzan Strader is a long-time Bible teacher with a passion for encouraging individuals to be all that God created them to be. She graduated from Orange County Center for Spiritual Development, certified by Loyola Marymount University. Suzan is also a certified Life Coach and mother of three grown sons. Her previous career was in the beauty salon industry. She says that as she used to make people beautiful on the outside, now she helps them see their interior beauty too.
Peg Ruble is a Level VI student of the Charlotte Spirituality Center with a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola of New Orleans. Now retired from Diocesan Catechetical Leadership, she enjoys being a wife, a mom to three grown children and a grandmother to five grandchildren.
Barney Offerman, PhD is a graduate of the Charlotte Spirituality Center’s Spiritual Direction Program and has advanced degrees from from the University of Illinois, Loras College, Tulane and Michigan State University. He has taught at Cleveland State University and was a James Duke Distinguished Professor at Johnson C. Smith University for 10 years. He has also worked as Associate Director in Labor Relations at the Institute of Industrial Relations, Loyola University in New Orleans and as a Diocesan Director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Charlotte, NC.
Pat Davies has a BA in French and MS in Education. She completed two training programs in Spiritual Direction through the Archdiocese of New York and the Center for Spirituality and Justice. She has more than 10 years experience in individual Spiritual Direction, 8 day Silent Retreats, the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, themed retreats and days of Recollection. Her parish is St. Therese in Mooresville, NC. She is the mother of 2 grown children and a 6 year old grandson.
Spiritual Direction is offered by faculty members for a modest fee. Contact individuals for an appointment:
*Bryna Bozart firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Hassell email@example.com
*Linda Flynn firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzan Strader email@example.com
Donna Rae Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
*also available for SD Supervision
Spiritual Direction sessions with CSC directors-in-training are also available, free of charge.
Contact Bryna or Linda to arrange.