Sister Pat Kieler

Stairs leading to the office of Sister Pat Kieler, SDS are well worn. Lay persons, married and single, clergy and religious have been climbing them for many years seeking spiritual direction. Sr. Pat explains, “Individuals already have a spiritual direction, which I seek to support. Faith in a living God is often absent in our culture, yet there is a great hunger for God. It is a great privilege to reverently hold the story of another. I encourage others to discover God’s footprints in their lives, find healing, stay close to their inner fire, and be light for the world.”

Thirty-five years ago Sisters of the Divine Savior leadership invited Sr. Pat to create her spiritual direction ministry. It has included giving directed retreats and guided retreats on contemplative prayer for retreat houses and religious communities in Wisconsin and Illinois. Her international experience includes a retreat for Salvatorian men and women in Taiwan. Earlier, she taught 15 years at Divine Savior High School in Milwaukee and did vocation ministry for three years. Since 1960, Sr. Pat’s complementary ministry has been directing the SDS choir and coordinating liturgies for special Salvatorian events such as jubilees, professions and funerals. “I love this ministry for the way it enhances our praying together from the deepest places of our Salvatorian calling.”