Retreat Center Staff and Community

Our staff includes: Barry May, maintenance; Nettie Castelyns, dietary; Sister Linda GreggSister Mary Rowell, Sistr Teresa Ryan and Sister Christine Carbotte.


Nettie Castelyns

Nettie Castelyns

Nettie Castelyns

 

 

Nettie Castelyns, our nutritionist, has been with us for over 25 years. Her wholesome, home-cooked meals, served with taste and elegance, are very much appreciated by those who come. The produce from our organic garden, in Nettie’s capable hands, adds much to food servings, creatively presented at each meal. Nettie is also responsible for general house-keeping.

 

 

 


Linda Gregg

Sr. Linda Gregg

Sr. Linda Gregg

 

 

Linda Gregg, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada, has a Masters of Divinity, and is presently working on her doctorate in ecology. For the last ten years, she has worked here as part of the team that offers spiritual direction as well the yearly programme, and is responsible for the Community Gardens and our own organic garden. Linda contributes much to an earth-sustainable way of life.

 

 

 

 


Mary Rowell

Sr. Mary Rowell

Sr. Mary Rowell

Mary Rowell is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada. Currently, Sister Mary works in retreat ministry, spiritual direction and ecological initiatives at Villa St. Joseph. She also teaches courses in moral theology, Catholic Social Teaching, worship and ethics and Christian leadership at Regis and St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She is also a researcher for the Canadian Catholic Bioethics
Institute.

Previously, Sister Mary worked as a Nurse and Nurse Educator in England and in many countries in Asia and the Indian sub-continent where she developed programs in ophthalmology and blindness prevention.

She has also worked as a clinical ethicist at St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario, the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre and at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto- during which time she was cross-appointed as Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Sister Mary received her BA in Philosophy and her in MA in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of London in the UK and her PhD in Theology from the University of Durham, also in the UK.


Barry May

Barry May

Barry May

 

 

Barry May, our part-time maintenance worker, is currently the custodian of St. Michael’s Church. After working for 28 years in the food-processing industry, he is putting to use the skills learned from a farming background, as he attends to repairs and upkeep on our large property. Barry is married to Therese, is father to Sara and Lee, and Pappa to Brayden.