Emmaus House Staff
Father Dan Krettek
Fr. Dan Krettek is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Des Moines. 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
Kevin O'Donnell, M.A., 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 contemplatively, along with those he companions, to the ways in which God is uniquely inviting each and every one to become their most authentic selves, grow in deeper intimacy with God, and compassionately serve others.
Mary McConville is a graduate of Creighton University, and earned a Masters degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. Her professional career included business writing, marketing, project management, computer sales, software application development and business analysis. She is an active member of St. Theresa Parish in Des Moines, serving in parish organizations, liturgical ministries and acting as facilitator for Adult Faith Formation courses.
She has participated in retreats and conferences, and is an avid reader of Thomas Merton, Edith Stein, and St. Teresa of Avila. Going through the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life in 2015 opened powerful vistas of faith. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the mission of the Emmaus House.