About Us

About Loyola CIS

Our Centre is co-located with St Ignatius Parish, Norwood and occupies rooms where St Mary of the Cross MacKillop spent time in prayer during part of her time residing in Adelaide. The focus of Loyola is to provide opportunities for people to reflect freely on how God is present in their lives and the world and to create space for authentic response to that presence. To help us to do this we offer a variety of experiences bearing in mind ‘It is not much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul but the intimate understanding and relish of things’ (St. Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises). All spiritual direction and accompaniment, personal individually directed retreats, days of reflection and group programs are conducted in the quiet surroundings of our our Centre in Norwood. Our extended live-in retreats are held at the Sevenhill Centre of Ignatian Spirituality and St Joseph’s Retreat House at Largs Bay.

The Loyola Team

Wayne Brabin (Director) is married with 4 grown up children and has an extensive human resource and human development background. He is a trained spiritual director and Giver of the Full Spiritual Exercises. Wayne is also an experienced retreat guide whose particular interests are in offering spiritual formation and leadership support to those working in education and in adapting the Spiritual Exercises in all forms for men, for parishes and for others ‘on the margins’.

Judy Backstrom is a trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator and a supervisor of peers. Judy has worked with people using creativity and images to assist with their transformative journey and has a particular interest in accompanying and supporting people ‘on the margins’. She brings a depth of life experience to her ministry and encourages people to recognise their inner graces.

Stephanie Brabin is a wife and mother, a trained spiritual director, and an experienced retreat guide and a Giver of the Full Spiritual Exercises. She has an extensive background in pastoral care support in the health care sector. Stephanie is a member of the national Arrupe Spiritual Direction Training Program team and the coordinator of the Arrupe program in South Australia. She has a particular passion for accompanying others on their spiritual journey and supporting those in formation.

Val De Brenni is a trained spiritual director and supervisor and is Director of the Ecumenical Spiritual Direction Training Program offered by the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide. She has a special interest in the spiritual formation of teachers and leaders in Catholic schools and is a Covenant Josephite.

Judy Foster is a wife, a mother and nanny of three, and a retired primary school teacher. She is a trained spiritual director and has been a member of CLC for over 30 years. Judy seeks to find God in all things and has a love of nature and quiet moments..Judy has a desire to walk with others on their journey of a deepening relationship with God and themselves as they explore the deepest and most revealing of all questions, "Who actually am I".

Angela Hazebroek is a trained spiritual director and Giver of the spiritual exercises. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. As one of the founding directors of a town planning consultancy, Angela has extensive experience in strategic planning and facilitation with both secular and religious organisations. She has a particular interest in assisting with ecological spirituality and in reconnecting with our mystic traditions.

Annette Heinemann is a trained spiritual director and a Giver of the Full Spiritual Exercises, having been formed through the Arrupe program. She has a background in health care, chaplaincy and parish ministry. Annette has a particular interest in accompanying people who are seeking God in the story of their circumstances life, particularly those who are ill or facing life-changing events.

Paris Huffman  is married with 3 grown up children and is the SA Chairperson of the Christian Life Community. She has an extensive background as a primary school teacher and in Ignatian spirituality, particularly as giver of the First Spiritual Exercises. She has a particular interest in assisting those seeking to ‘find God in all things’ as a Giver of the First Spiritual Exercises.

Anne Maloney is married with five adult children and is a trained spiritual director. She is an experienced facilitator of reflection day and weekend experiences for women and youth group leaders. Anne has a background in education and experience in pastoral care in a hospital setting and also with the homeless and marginalised. She is interesting in assisting others explore and deepen their spiritual selves and has a passion for developing and nurturing the faith of young people.

Chris McCabe is the mother of four adult children and a trained spiritual director. She is an experienced facilitator of reflection day and weekend experiences for women and youth group leaders.Chris has a background in education and experience in pastoral care in a hospital setting and also with the homeless and marginalised. She is interested in assisting others to explore and deepen their spiritual selves and a has a passion for developing and nurturing the faith of young people.

Fr Tony Papps is an ordained Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide with 39 years experience in Parish pastoral ministry and catholic Education. He is a spiritual director, having received his formation during his years in spiritual ministry and at the Loyola Centre in Guelph, Canada. Tony has worked in a variety of pastoral and spiritual ministries, and has a strong commitment to the spirituality of the laity. He finds ongoing nourishment in the Australian bush and in Indigenous spirituality.

Rev Deirdre Ragless is a trained spiritual director and an ordained Anglican priest working in the Adelaide Anglican Archdiocese. During Deirdre's training as a nurse, the combined physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects of a patient's wellbeing were foundational in her continuing formation in pastoral care, chaplaincy, theology and spiritual direction. Her desire is to accompany people with varying desires with an open and caring heart.

Jan Sobotta is a trained spiritual director and experienced retreat guide and a Giver of the Full Spiritual Exercises. She has a special interest in offering Prayer programs and Retreats in Daily Life in parishes and communities, individually guided retreats and support and supervision of those undertaking formation and training in spiritual direction.

Julie Tranfa is married with three children and is a trained spiritual director and Giver of the Full Spiritual Exercises. She has a particular interest in Sacramental Theology and is the SA State Team Co-ordinator of the First Spiritual Exercises. Her deepest desire is to nourish people’s faith by giving the spiritual exercises in all forms, retreats and days of reflection.

Outreach Team

June Duffy, Sr Cynthia Griffin RSM, Margaret McCulloch, Vin O’Loughlin, Rev Anthony Price, Rev Deirdre Ragless, Sr Elaine Treagus RSM, Margaret van der Linden, John van der Linden, Dulcie Wong, Jeff Wright.