Emmaus House Staff
Father Dan Krettek
Fr. 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.
Office Assistant / Bookkeeper
Mr. Kevin O'Donnell
,Kevin comes to Des Moines from Michigan. 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 over twenty years ago, and in the years since then, his appreciation of Ignatian spirituality continued to grow. As Co-Director at Emmaus House, Kevin is looking forward to continuing to share his experience and passion for Ignatian spirituality, including the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian method of discernment.
Mary comes to us from Our Lady's Immaculate Heart in Ankeny, where she has worked as Bookkeeper since 2009. She also gained experience working at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish and Student Center in Des Moines & Ss. John and Paul Parish in Altoona.
In addition to her bookkeeping responsibilities, Mary will also assist with communications and various aspects of programming logistics and day-to-day operations for Emmaus House.