Michael Dante, Director

Michael Dante, Director

Michael joined the Faber Center in August of 2012. He is passionate about Ignatian Spirituality and the spiritual journey. For almost 20 years in his retreat and spiritual direction ministry, he has accompanied others as they, too, encounter and respond to God's love and invitation. Michael believes this God of love can be found in all things and finds us in all things. He has a Doctorate in Spirituality from The Catholic University of America and a Master's of Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union. In addition to his ministry experience, Michael has taught courses and presented workshops on Ignatian Spirituality, Christian Spirituality, and Systematic Theology. 


Anne Arabome, S.S.S., Associate Director


Anne joined the Faber Center in fall of 2016. She is a member

Anne Arabome, S.S.S. of the Sisters of Social Service in Los Angeles, CA. She

received her training in Ignatian Spirituality at St. Bueno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Wales, UK. Anne is a firm believer in the transformative and renewing power of the Spiritual Exercises and has accompanied people of all walks of life in various settings, including hospital and youth chaplaincy and an internship in L'Arche Community. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in spirituality and is completing a doctorate in systematic theology at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. She is co-founder of Wellspring Africa, an affilitate with WORKS IN NEW DIRECTIONS, a non-profit corporation that operates under the asupices of the Sisters of Social Service. Wellspring assists young African women who live in poverty to move forward with their lives through education and life guidance.


John Schwantes, S.J., Associate Director

John Schwantes, S.J.

A native of West Chicago, IL, Fr. John Schwantes, S.J. joined the Faber Center in Fall of 2016. He was ordained in Milwaukee in 1969 and since then has engaged in a number of priestly ministries. He taught theology and social studies at Creighton Prep in Omaha, and then became Director of Campus Ministries at Creighton University from 1971-75. At that time he became deeply involved in Christian Life Communities (CLC), developing local groups in the Twin Cities, St. Louis and Milwaukee from 1971-1997. From 1976-1981, he lived in the inner city of St. Louis while involved in the formation of young Jesuits. From 1991-1995, Fr. John also did spiritual direction and retreat work with faculty and staff at Marquette University through the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He took his skills to the Sioux Spiritual Center in Plainview, SD, offering retreats to Native Americans in the Rapid City diocese from 1997-2000. He went to the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI in 2001 becoming its director from 2003-2014. The Spiritual Exercises and Al/Anon have enriched his life and ministry throughout his priestly career.




Monica Meagher, Spiritual DirectorMonica Meagher


Monica joined the Faber Center in Fall of 2013. She graduated from Marquette with a bachelor'sdegree in Theology and Secondary Education andtaught high school Theology here in Milwaukee for 10 years before returning to Marquette for graduate studies. She went on to pursue pastoral studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary where she obtained a Master's of Divinity degree. Monica has served in parish and educational ministry in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for over 30 years. She has held many leadership positions and has engaged in a wide range of pastoral, spiritual and community ventures. She is a frequent speaker throughout the Milwaukee area and has an active ministry of spiritual direction and retreats. Monica completed a graduate certificate in Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola University-Chicago which prepared her to guide people in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.




Ellen BlonskiEllen Blonski, Administrative Assistant

Ellen joined the staff of the Faber Center as their Administrative Assistant in January, 2009. She comes to the Center after having worked in a similar position in the office of Campus Ministry.  In her 30 years at the university, Ellen has served on numerous committees and been active in promoting the mission of the university. Her responsibilities in the Faber Center include providing assistance to all of the staff, managing the day-to-day activities of the office, helping to plan and coordinate all Faber programs and welcoming its many visitors.





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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

The exercises are a pathway to recognizing God's activity in our deepest desires and growing in unity with God. Emerging from the experience of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, the Exercises provide a structured opportunity to mature in spiritual freedom and make choices that are responsive to God's call in one's life.