Staff

 Jane Comerford, CSJ

Director for Spiritual Life

Jane, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, has many years of experience as a spiritual director, retreat facilitator and presenter nationally and internationally. Before coming to the Forest of Peace she was on the staff of the Desert House of Prayer in Tucson, Arizona, where she served as a spiritual/retreat director. With a degree in education, a Master’s degree in spirituality and certificates in expressive arts therapy and mid-life development, she is able to be of support and guidance to many on the spiritual journey.

Her passion and joy in life have been to accompany others on the spiritual journey. She has many interests in the field of spirituality: Celtic spirituality, creation-centered spirituality, east-west integration, the expressive arts, the new cosmology, energy work and is known for her creative and innovative programs. Originally from upstate New York, she has lived in Washington, DC, where she was on the formation faculty at the Catholic Unversity of America, in Seattle and Spokane, Washington, where she served as director of spirituality centers, and in Tucson. She has been long involved in interfaith experiences and has led interfaith pilgrimages in  India, Nepal and Ireland.

Message from Sr. Jane:. It has been both challenging and exciting to be a part of the “refounding” of the Osage Forest of Peace as an interspiritual contemplative retreat center. We are moving toward an interspiritual age and the Forest serves as one example of how people of varying faith traditions can live in harmony and peace.  It is a blessing to be on the forefront of this movement and to work with a board that believes in the vision and mission of the Forest of Peace.

 

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Mike Touchstone

 Director of Administration, Maintenance, Grounds

 

Mike comes to the Forest after many years in secondary education as a teacher, administrator, and Board Member.  He has served in positions related to finance and administration, and has worked in West Africa for three years as a school principal and teacher.  Just before coming to Sand Springs in October, 2012, Mike spent two months hiking 900 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon and Washington.  Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and a Master’s degree in School Administration.  Mike was a member of a Catholic religious community for 20 years, has worked for the US Forest Service as a firefighter, as a crewleader for youth conservation crews, and was in the California Conservation Corps.  He has lived in California, Oregon, Arizona, and New Jersey.  He enjoys working outdoors, backpacking, gardening, and repairing things.

“I want to be sure that each person who comes to the Forest of Peace has a pleasant stay, and I look after the practical, but important: plumbing, heating, cooling, and lighting.  I also take care of the grounds by herding leaves in the fall and by keeping the trails in good shape.  I subscribe to the monastic tradition of Work and Prayer.  I’m a good listener and appreciate each person’s life journey.”

        

 

Sheila Lazier, Guest Services Coordinator

Sheila comes to the Forest from Chicago where she spent 30+ years working for non-profit medical organizations.  Most of her career was in continuing medical education, developing training materials, organizing seminars for medical specialty groups, and working with accreditation organizations to achieve certification for practitioners.

Sheila brings a strong background in continuing education and training, as well as skills gained through directing a foundation, serving as managing editor for medical education textbooks and multi-media materials, as well as a meeting planner and exhibit manager for large conventions.  She enjoys coordinating details, connecting with the public and organizing and marketing events.  Sheila has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Master’s degree in Adult Education.

“I’ve learned a lot working within the system of allopathic medicine, but have always had a strong desire to be part of the new paradigm of healthcare that includes healing modalities for the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies.  I am grateful for this opportunity to serve in the Forest, immersed in a community dedicated to shared values regarding interfaith spirituality.  I look forward to making your stay a comfortable one.”

 

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 Sister Maryann Greenwald, SSND

 

S. Maryann is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, an international Catholic religious community. Her background includes being an elementary school teacher and principal, a pastoral associate in several parishes, ministering to the elderly, being a child advocate for children and their mothers who experienced sexual and domestic abuse. She also has experience and training in spiritual direction and retreat work and is a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) trained chaplain. For the last couple of years she ministered as a hospital chaplain at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Her experience includes ministering to people from a variety of faith traditions, both Christian and non-Christian.

 

“Meditation and living a contemplative lifestyle has been a part of my spiritual practice for many years. During these years I have taken advantage of making retreats in a variety of contemplative settings, enjoying opportunities for personal growth as well as an understanding of Eastern Contemplative meditation practices. It has long been a desire and hope of mine to spend my semi-retirement years in a prayerful, contemplative setting, being present and helpful to others as a Spiritual/Retreat director. I am grateful for this opportunity to form community and as a volunteer be of service to spiritual seekers as they come to Forest of Peace.”