Spiritual Companions Directory

Avis Gomez

Catholic, Christian

Spiritual Direction centered around Carmelite prayer and Ignatius Discernment

Roman Catholic sister in Christ who was called to serve the Lord as a spiritual companion. Spiritual direction with a qualified lay person brings a unique understanding of Christ in every day life. I am called to serve as a spiritual director helping people to transform their relationship from knowledge and understanding of Jesus to a loving intimate relationship with Him.

Liz Buzone

Catholic, Christian

All seekers, Interfaith, LGBTQIA+

Spiritual Companionship, Co-Facilitator of Practicum Year 3 in the Spiritual Companionship Program at St. Thomas University.

I welcome all who feel called to live in an ongoing dialogue with the Divine. In spiritual direction, we will create space for witnessing the movements of healing and transformation on your own spiritual path.

“Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true. ” - Thomas Merton

Pat Fairfiled


Spiritual Companion in the Catholic faith

Pat Fairfield graduated from St. Thomas University, with a Masters in Pastoral Ministry. She completed the Spiritual Companionship Program in 2001. Was a facilitator in STU for 2nd Year in the Spiritual Companionship Program. She is participated in the Charismatic Renewal. She is open to looking for God and helping others seekers in their relationship with God.

Sue DeFerrari


Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School

Spiritual Companion/Director, MorningStar Renewal Center – Retreat and Conference facilitator. Director of Spiritual Companionship Program, St. Thomas University – 3 year certificate program.

Patricia Valderrama

Catholic, Christian

Ignatian Spirituality, Centering Prayer

Graduated from the Spiritual Companionship Program at St. Thomas University with Practicum in Spiritual Direction in 2018. Currently, co-facilitates Year 2, the Ignatian Retreat (19th Annotation), in the Spiritual Companionship Program at St. Thomas University. As a Spiritual Companion, I aspire to create a sacred space and walk with you in finding your own way to listen for God in your prayer and life.

Kathy Saunders

Roman Catholic

Spiritual Direction

Kathy served for forty years as an educator for the Archdiocese of Miami. She retired from teaching in 2019. Kathy received her Certification as a Spiritual Director in 2003 from St. Thomas University. She is a co-facilitator in the STU Spiritual Direction program, 2nd year, with a special focus on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. (19th Annotation)

Brenda Coutte


I am 68 years old, native from Panama, married with 5 children and 2 granddaughters. I am retired but still working from home with a flexible schedule. Lived in Miami for over 30 years and recently moved to San Antonio Texas. I am willing to do spiritual direction but it will have to be by Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp.

Isabel Lyon


Spiritual Direction

Certificate in Spiritual Companionship with Practicum in Spiritual
Direction, St. Thomas University.
A sacred space to connect with your true self and encounter God
in a deep, intimate and loving way.

Patty (Justo) Charbonneau

Catholic, Christian

All seekers, interfaith, grief/loss/trauma (ex. death, divorce), and LGBTQIA.

Spiritual Companion/Director.
Former educator and reading tutor.

In Spiritual Direction, I will listen deeply to you and the unfolding of your life to help you discern the ways you are being led by the Divine to transformation, healing and a richer life. My intent is to help create a space where you feel heard, seen, honored and accepted just as you are.

“All shall be well and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
Julian of Norwich, anchoress, 1342.