Emmaus House Staff


Father Dan Krettek

Fr. Daniel Krettek, Co-Director: Fr. Krettek is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Des Moines, and pastor of St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish in Elkhart, Iowa. He attended seminary at the North American College in Rome prior to his ordination in 1978. He has done advanced studies in theology, canon law, and spirituality, with certification in spiritual direction and retreat direction. He completed the School for Charismatic Spiritual Directors at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery, and has been trained to present the Introductory Workshop in Centering Prayer by the Contemplative Outreach organization.


He has served in parish ministry, individual and group spiritual direction, ministry to the divorced and separated, hospital chaplaincy, and high school campus ministry. He has been a co-director at the Emmaus House in Des Moines since 1997, doing spiritual direction, retreats, and other spiritual renewal programs.    



Mr. Kevin O'Donnell

Mr. Kevin O'Donnell, Co-Director: Kevin O’Donnell comes to Des Moines from Michigan, where he was born and has lived his entire life. He is a trained spiritual director, having earned a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his M.A. in Christian Spirituality at Creighton University as well. For his undergraduate studies, Kevin earned a B.A. in Psychology from Oakland University. He is also a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner.


As a spiritual director, through both ongoing spiritual direction and directed retreats, Kevin feels humbled to accompany others on their spiritual journeys. He considers it to be a blessing to listen, along with those he companions, to the ways in which God is uniquely inviting each and every one of them into deeper intimacy with God and service of others.


Kevin was first introduced to Ignatian spirituality twenty years ago, and in the years since then his love of Ignatian spirituality continued to grow. As Co-Director at Emmaus House, Kevin is looking forward to continuing to share his experience and training in and passion for Ignatian spirituality, including the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian method of discernment.


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Des Moines, IA 50314