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 Reichter
Office Assistant / Bookkeeper

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.

1521 Center Street

Des Moines, IA 50314