Maria Brackett, Executive Director

Maria Brackett is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and an MA from the University of Dallas, both in English. After this she went into the world of education, directing schools in the United States and Spain while also completing degrees in Pastoral Studies (Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum) and Education (Universidad Anáhuac). Accompanying people as they grow is her passion. She became involved in the ministry of spiritual direction about 20 years ago and 3 years ago decided to dedicate herself to it. She is also trained in giving the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, a ministry that is very close to her heart. She considers it a privilege to walk along others in their relationship with the Lord  




Fr. Robert Presutti, LC, Formation and Program Development Director

Fr Robert serves as the Formation and Program Development Director for the SDC Program. Previously, he has served as: vocations director; vice rector for the Legionaries of Christ College in Rome; founding director of National Consultants for Education; President of the University of Sacramento; Head of School and President of Pinecrest Academy (Cumming, GA); parochial vicar; and most recently Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs of Divine Mercy University and Adjunct Faculty for the PsyD Program. Over the course of his formation and priesthood, he completed studies of Classical Humanities in Salamanca (Spain) and philosophy and theology in Rome. He holds a license degree in philosophy from the Gregorian University, and a doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, both in Rome. Throughout the years as a religious and priest, he has served as spiritual director for persons from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life.




Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D.

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, is a professor of moral theology and spirituality and published numerous books on the spiritual life and spiritual direction. He received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. Fr. John was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He has taught moral theology at various ecclesiastical institutions at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A compilation of his many online answers to questions about the spiritual life was published in a book titled: Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions. He continues answering fresh questions online at



Glory Darbellay

Glory Darbellay is a consecrated member of Regnum Christi. She currently serves as the local director for the CRC, and as a spiritual director and preacher at the Our Lady of Bethesda retreat center.  Previously, she has served as; Dean of Studies at Immaculate Conception Academy; director of RC youth work in the New York Tristate area; member of the national council for the CRC in N.A. and member of the Regnum Christi Territorial Committee; and National Director for the Regnum Christi Mission Corps Program.  Over the course of her formation and consecrated life, she has obtained a bachelors degree in Pastoral Studies from the Anahuac University in Mexico, and a masters degree in Religious Sciences from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.  Glory served as a Campus Minister for DMU. She is currently studying a masters degree in Spiritual Theology through the Avila Institute. 




Stephen Grundman, Ph.D

Dr. Grundman is the Associate Vice President for Online Program Development at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Virginia, where he guides the development of new online courses and programs. He co-leads the design and deployment of this six course, online certificate in Spiritual Direction. He has 15 years of professional experience in the Higher Education space, and a  combined experience of more than 30 years in youth development, ministry, and Catholic education. Graduating from Thomas Aquinas College (California), he proceeded to earn a doctorate in philosophy at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). After Pope St. John Paul II published the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) and the General Directory for Catechesis (1997), Dr. Grundman helped launch a national catechetical institute (Institute for Evangelization), and became increasingly convinced of the Church’s own teaching that evangelization and catechesis are central to her life and mission. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, was a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) from 2008-2017, and speaks on a variety of topics. His ministry and apostolate experience also includes marriage preparation, small groups, street missions, local and national conventions for men, and helping teach Spiritual Direction. 




Fr. John Hopkins, LC

Fr. John entered the religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1979.  In 1991, he was ordained a priest by Saint John Paul II.   He served for 18 years in Washington, DC, area and helped in the founding of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Center for Family Development.  He is president emeritus of Divine Mercy University.  He also spent 7 years in Atlanta Georgia working to develop marriage preparation and renewal programs. He has helped marriages for more than 27 years. He has degrees in Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology and Moral Theology.  He has been a spiritual director for the past 28 years and has taught the art of spiritual direction to priests, consecrated and lay people for the past 15 years




Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D.

Dr. Klewicki serves as Associate PsyD Program Director, Associate Professor, and Clinical Supervisor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University, and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia.  She holds both a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Klewicki has been in clinical practice for over 17 years.  She currently has a private practice in Virginia, which focuses on providing psychotherapy and psychological assessments to adolescents, adults, and couples. She has been a member of the IPS clinical faculty for many years as both Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.  She has experience speaking to both lay and academic audiences around issues of communication, Catholic relationships, marriage, family life, parenting, and child development through the integration of sound Psychology and solid Catholic Theology.  She has been a guest on several radio shows and also writes for the Catholic Digest magazine.  Her clinical and research interests include psychological assessment of adolescents and adults especially the use of assessment as a therapeutic technique and the psychotherapy process especially the relationship between therapist and client as a tool for growth.




Janet Lees

Janet Lees has been a trained spiritual director for 21 years. In the past 7 years has also provided ongoing training, courses and supervision for spiritual directors. She spends a lot of her time also taking directees through the 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and helping others to learn this process as well. She was trained at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, OH.






Ian Murphy, Ph.D.

Dr. Murphy earned a B.A. in Social History from Carnegie Mellon, an M.A. in theology from Baylor, and completed the Ph.D. in systematic theology at Duquesne University, defending his dissertation on the New Evangelization in the United States. Dr. Murphy is  a freelance writer and sought-after Catholic speaker who enjoys doing Parish missions, Bible studies, youth & adult conferences, and Church events. He appears frequently on TV and often speaks on Catholic radio. Ian is presently authoring an autobiography about his conversion to Catholicism, and has already published both installments of a two-part series on Marian consecration. His current Facebook LIVE series can be seen at He currently resides in Charleston, SC with his wife Rachel.

Dr. Kathleen Musslewhite

Dr. Kathleen Musslewhite is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Maryland. She practices at Vital Sources LLC, a group practice in Frederick, Maryland. Her practice consists of both therapy and assessment. Her specialties include the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Panic Disorder. She received her Psy.D. from IPS, Divine Mercy University. Her undergraduate work in accounting and business administration was completed at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She also is an attorney having obtained her JD from the American University, Washington College of Law.

Kathleen is a wife, mother and grandmother. She lives in Maryland with her husband.



Harvey Payne, Psy.D.

Dr. Payne serves as the Dean of the Divine Mercy University School of Counseling. He was previously Dean of the College of Counseling at Columbia International University and has worked in the mental health field (counselor, psychologist) for over 30 years. His primary work has been in organizations serving children and adolescents with a variety of life issues and disabilities from almost every job level: front-line worker to mental health provider to administrator and consultant.  He has consulted overseas in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan.   Dr. Payne has a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, now the William James College, and had a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute, now the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, in child psychology. Dr. Payne's vision in life is being with people in a nurturing way so they can flourish through the grace and truth of the triune God.  In the broadest sense, this vision is to be one who diligently seeks right relationships between people, shows compassion towards others, and walks humbly and intimately with God. Current research and practice interests include the use of narrative to bridge Christian faith and psychology in theory and practice, in-session outcome measures to increase clinical effectiveness, the overlap of attachment theory and the biblical model of covenant relationships, professional ethics, and Pivotal Response Treatment for autism spectrum disorders. 




Victoria Rath, Ph.D.

Vicki serves as the Director of Course Development and Instructional Development at Divine Mercy University. She specializes in pedagogy and online learning and has played a key role in ensuring the online course material is dynamic and rigorous. She has extensive experience in course design and online learning.


Jennifer Ristine

Jennifer has been consecrated in the Regnum Christi movement since 1997.  She has participated in various initiatives that offer spiritual, cultural and faith formation through spiritual direction, retreats, conferences and/or teaching.  She is currently stationed in the DC area and serving nationally through conferences, retreats and as a contributor for the Regnum Christi Spirituality Center. Her educational background includes special education, pedagogy, and pastoral and religious studies.  She obtained her Masters in Theology from Catholic Distance University. Jennifer served as a professor of Education, Theology and Spirituality courses in Mater Ecclesiae College from 2003-2014. From 2014 to 2018 she served in Magdala, Israel. She is the author of Mary Magdalene: Insights from Ancient Magdala.



Rebecca Teti

Rebecca is a spiritual director, serving the needs of the Washington, DC area. She is married, has four children, and serves as the operations manager for the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of America. She has served over the years as a lay spiritual director at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center.




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