Retreat Team

Sister Ann Rodgers, C.P. , Retreat Program Director, is a Sister of the Cross and Passion. Sr. Ann is a full time staff member in the Ministry of Spirituality as a member of the retreat team at OLC, and a spiritual director. She spent many years teaching at all levels and in parish religious education programs. She holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies.

Fr. John Powers, C.P.
is a Passionist Pilgrim Preacher and spiritual storyteller. Ordained in 1977, he is the author of six books for adults and two for children. He has served as a Co-Director, Producer and Host of The Passionist Radio & TV Ministry in Springfield Massachusetts, Director of Calvary Spiritual Center and Rector of Passionist Communities in Shrewsbury Massachusetts and Bronx, New York. Fr. John C.P. now serves as a Pilgrim Preacher of Retreats, Parish Missions, Day, Evening and Overnight Programs. He has preached from Connecticut to Texas, Florida to Australia, New York to Tennessee, Germany to Louisiana.


Sister Joanne Fahey, C.P. 
is a native of Rhode Island.  Sister Joanne entered the community of the Sisters of the Cross & Passion in 1964 and professed her first vows in 1967.  She was involved in Education during her early career, teaching in schools staffed by the community in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. In 1985 she responded to her community’s call to establish a mission in Jamaica, West Indies remaining there for two years.  Upon her return from Jamaica, Sister became involved in retreat ministry. She was the Administrator and served on the retreat team at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat in Farmington, Connecticut from 1991-2000.  Sister Joanne remains active in the ministry of Spiritual Direction. 

 Maria Decsy is a member of the OLC Retreat Staff and a teacher of World Religions at Manchester Community College. 
She has a Master's Degree in Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry from St. Joseph College, a certificate in Spiritual Direction 
 from the Archdiocesan Spiritual Life Center and a PhD in Biochemistry from New York University.



Kathy Irr
 is a registered nurse who has worked for more than 30 years in the arena of psychiatric nursing and as a high school nurse. Presently she is a spiritual director and an experienced retreat director. She has extensive experience in the twelve-step program. Kathy has been married for 28 years and has two grown sons. 


Celeste Calabotta
, Music Minister and pianist at OLC, has Bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy and a Master’s  degree in English Language and Literature.  Her over thirty years’ of teaching experience has included middle and high school English, Freshman Composition at  St. Joseph College, and over 18 years of teaching Confirmation at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford.  Celeste has also worked as a corporate recruiter and a communications consultant at MassMutual  Insurance Company in Springfield, MA.  She began studying contemplative prayer five years ago, has been professed as a Lay Carmelite, and coordinates  Lectio Divina prayer groups at St. Thomas and Our Lady of Calvary.  She lives with her husband and two children in West Hartford where she teaches piano in her home.

Annemarie O'Connor The newest member of the OLC Retreat Team, Annemarie holds Masters in Pastoral Ministry and Social Work, and has served in both university and parish ministry and in various areas of social work. She interned at the School of Servant Leadership at the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry and received her certificate in spiritual direction at Mercy Center. She is part of the Contemplative Formation Program at Mariandale Retreat Center and has served on directed retreats at Linwood Spiritual Center in New York.

Our Lady of Calvary staff members are available to present day or evenings programs to groups such as Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Religious Educators, Small Christian Communities, Faith Sharing groups, and Women's Guilds. The programs may take place at the Retreat House or in your parish. For information on scheduling a program and choosing a topic, please call Sr. Ann Rodgers at (860) 677-8519.

31 Colton Street • Farmington, CT 06032 • (860) 677-8519 •