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Who We Are

Create space for God – Find the path to peace – Seek silence and receive serenity.


Heartland Center for Spirituality, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is inspired by the contemplative spirit of St. Dominic to preach the Gospel of Jesus by fostering spiritual refreshment, renewal and growth opportunities for individuals and groups.

Our spacious grounds, comfortable accommodations and meeting places provide all you need for a relaxed, comfortable visit.

Whether you are looking for an intimate setting for a small group, a larger meeting space, or a place just for you personally, we can work with you to meet your needs.

Meet the Staff

  • Sister Renee Dreiling, OP

    enjoys companioning with others to seek meaning in their daily experiences to bring wholeness and peace.  Contact Sr. Renee – renee.dreiling@heartlandspirituality.org

  • Ann Axman

    serves as co-director of the retreat center. She is  available for spiritual direction, small group retreats, outreach programs and marriage enrichment with married couples. Contact Ann –  ann.axman@heartlandspirituality.org

  • Philip St. Romain, D. Min.

    serves the retreat center with his skills in keeping the Internet Ministry fresh and  inspiring. He is also available for spiritual direction, small group retreats and outreach programs. Contact Philip – phil@shalomplace.com

  • Marcia Berchek

    is available for spiritual direction for those seeking to find God’s hand at work in their lives. Contact Marcia – mberchek@gmail.com

  • Sister Esther Fiegel, OP

    is available to meet with individuals for spiritual direction. She is especially gifted in providing support for caregivers and working with those experiencing grief. Contact Sr. Esther – esther.fiegel@heartlandspirituality.org

  • Brenda Black

    Brenda Black uses her gift of hospitality in taking care of groups that rent space in our spiritual oasis. Contact Brenda – brenda.black@heartlandspirituality.org

  • Sister Francine Schwarzenberger, OP

    is available to meet with individuals for Spiritual Direction.  She does small group studies at the Retreat Center.  Contact Sr. Francine – francine.schwarzenberger@oppeace.org

  • Sister Rose Mary Stein, OP

    will be available to come to your parish for a daytime retreat for your parishioners.  She will also be available to companion you on your spiritual journey.  Contact Sr. Rose Mary – rosemary.stein@oppeace.org