Program Facilitators

These are the people that have joined us and collaborate with us throughout the year with workshops and events that have nourish, opened our hearts and minds in creative ways to the work of God in us. We are humbled by the work of the Holy Spirit in them and thankful to have them on our team.

Melissa Tablada

Melissa Tablada is a licensed marriage and family therapist, Creighton fertility care practitioner intern and SoulCore leader. She lives in Miami with her husband AJ of 2 1/2 years. Melissa serves women, couples, and families to help them become healthier in mind body and spirit. SoulCore is a beautiful practice of praying the rosary, meditating on scripture and exercising while doing so. Together let’s grow and become the best version of ourselves!

Mayra Hall

Mayra Hall has been a spiritual director since 1998, studying at Creighton University, St. Thomas University, and Mercy Center (Burlingame) Since then, she continued her studies in pastoral ministry, various bodywork modalities, and creative expression. She offers spiritual direction in person and online. Mayra is also certified as Facilitator in SoulCollageⓇ and Expressive Writing for Health, and offers workshops in both. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Stella Kessler

Stella Maria Kessler is a certified Enneagram facilitator from the Atlanta Center for Wellness, and a certified Spiritual Director from St Thomas University. Stella has assisted STU as an instructor for the 1st year Enneagram segment, and has supervised 3rd year students for their Spiritual Direction Course. At MorningStar she has lead the St Ignatius Spiritual Exercise Course, and presented a three part course entitled Transformation in Christ. She had lead an interactive 12 Step Spiritual Lab at a Rehab Center.

Ann Rose

Ann Rose taught English and Humanities fulltime at Miami Dade College for
35 years, and then taught another 11 years at St. John Vianney College
Seminary after her retirement. She currently co-facilitates Year 2, the
Ignatian Retreat, in the Spiritual Companionship Program at MorningStar. A
member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Coral Gables, Florida, Ann has
given presentations and led retreats locally and in other areas of Florida
and North Carolina. She frequently combines her interest in the art and
writings of earlier Christian traditions with our present-day longing and
search for spiritual depth.

Lynn Brown

Lynn Lynne Brown has been involved in ministry for over 30 years, mostly in the Archdiocese of Miami, with a 5 year stint in upstate NY, where she served on the Bishop's Council of Women to the Church in the Diocese of Syracuse. Lynne graduated from the Spiritual Companionship Program at St. Thomas University in Miami with Practicuum in Spiritual Direction in 2012.

Rev. Katie Carroll

Katie has over 30 years’ experience serving and leading churches. She also has directed the social emotional learning program at an area school. She offers seminars in hospital and retreat settings (including MorningStar) on a variety of life issues.

Ligia M. Houben

Ligia M. Houben MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT, is the founder of My Meaningful Life, LLC and executive director of The Center for Transforming Lives in Miami, FL. Ligia is a whole-hearted speaker in the field of grief & loss and life transitions. She is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement and a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling. She holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Miami, MA in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificates in Multidisciplinary Gerontology from Florida International University and in Loss and Healing from St. Thomas University.

Sue DeFerrari

Ministry Director

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