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May 14-16, 2018

Retreat Presenter

In his forty plus year career as a wordsmith, Frank Cunningham worked as a reporter, including freelance work in the Western Pacific for the old Chicago Daily News, as a newspaper and magazine editor, writing teacher, and book publisher. In 1977 he joined Ave Maria Press at the University of Notre Dame, a publisher of high school texts, parish materials, and a wide variety of books on spirituality and personal enrichment.

He became President and Publisher of the company in 1993. Among the noteworthy authors he worked with are Henri Nouwen, Joyce Rupp, Michael Pennock, James Finley, Thomas Green, Robert Wicks, Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Kieran Sawyer and Joseph Champlin. The Association of Catholic Publishers gave him its Outstanding Service Award in 1996 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Since retiring to the Lake Michigan town of South Haven, Frank continues to do some publishing projects, and writing. Vesper Time is his first book, and his articles have appeared in America, US Catholic, International Travel News, and Notre Dame Magazine. He also participates in community service projects and does “too much” yard work and home maintenance. He and Sue, spouses of 53 years, enjoy both hosting and visiting kids and grandkids, and engaging in their lifelong love of travel—much of it on foot for Frank.

Frank is an active hiker, cyclist, and skier. With a group of old and new friends, he has taken part in numerous long distance hiking and biking trips in Spain (he walked the Camino de Santiago in 2007), France, Ireland, Portugal, the U.K. and New Zealand, plus numerous hikes in the U.S. and Canada.

Music Leaders

We are so blessed that Pamela Chappell brings her gift of music to us at each of our retreats. She will lead us in uplifting songs of contemplation and joy. Steve Small will accompany on piano.


The Spiritual Center of Maria Stein, Maria Stein, Ohio

Retreat Director

Karen Small (269-637-1692 or 269-487-6260)


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The Disciplined Order of Christ

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Florence, South Carolina 29502
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