Get to know our staff of spiritual directors.
Fr. Greg Cleveland, OMV
Executive Director of the Lanteri Center
Fr. Greg is a native of Chicago and the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Business Administration. After college, he worked as a market manager for a Midwestern railroad. He followed God’s call to priesthood in 1987, joined the Oblates of the Virgin Mary [OMV] and attended Our Lady of Grace Seminary and St. John’s School of Theology in Boston. After completing an M.Div. in Theology and an M.A. in Spiritual Theology, he was ordained a priest in 1995. His first assignment was to St. Andrew’s parish in Avenel, New Jersey, where he worked especially with the poor, disabled and imprisoned. He obtained certification in spiritual direction from the Center for Spiritual Development in New York City, and returned to Boston to work seven years in seminary formation, as Rector and Novice Master. He is currently Executive Director of the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver, Colorado, where he offers spiritual direction and retreats, while teaching training programs in these ministries.
Fr. John Paul Klein, OMV
Assistant Director of the Lanteri Center
Fr. John Paul is originally from Wisconsin (Green Bay Packers!), the 4th of 5 children. Earning an M.S. degree in Biology and Ph.D. in Respiratory Physiology, he began teaching and doing research (sudden infant death syndrome) at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX and Heidelberg, Germany. He entered the seminary of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in Rome, was ordained in 1989, and after teaching at Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston and being Director of the St. Francis Chapel, Boston, he was then Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, Alton, IL.
While serving as a member of the General Council of the Oblates, he was assigned overseas, ministering in the Oblate Parish in Vienna where he began preaching Parish Missions. Assigned to Rome, he became Vice-Provincial of the Italian Province and Rector of the Oblate House of St. Elena’s. He enjoyed apostolic ministries as confessor and retreat director.
Returning to the States in 2014, Fr. John Paul joined the staff of the Lanteri Center before returning to the Midwest, briefly serving again as Pastor of our Parish of St. Mary’s. As of June, 2017 he returned to Denver and is happy to call the Lanteri Center home (perhaps to become a Bronco’s fan)!
For 25 years Lee led formational ministries as a Women’s Ministry director, Bible teacher, and Director of Recovery Group Programs. She also served on the clinical staff of Southwest Counseling Associates and Missionary Care Services specializing in issues related to loss, grief, transition, relationships and Christian ministry. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Overseas Missionary Fellowship International, Women of the Harvest and is currently on the Board of a Christian University. Lee has traveled to numerous countries in South America and Asia to counsel and encourage missionaries.
Lee holds a B.A. degree from Wheaton College and a M.A. in counseling psychology from Denver Seminary. In 2005, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership at the University of Denver.
Lee completed a three year formational program for the ministry of Spiritual Direction and giving the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola at the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality. She has served on the staff of the Lanteri Center as a spiritual director and director of retreats since 2007. She was received into the Catholic Church in 2008 after journeying with the Lord for 40 years as an Evangelical Christian.
Lee was married for 26 years to her late husband, Dr. Clyde McDowell, a pastor and the fifth president of Denver Seminary. She is the mother of three adult children and is grandmother to six young grandchildren.
Kay was born in Denver and raised in Colorado Springs. She grew up in a large family that gave her a love of horseback riding, sports, adventure and her Roman Catholic faith—not necessarily in that order. Kay attended Colorado State University, graduating with a degree in Technical Journalism. She went on to paralegal school and worked for the Colorado Attorney General’s office in its Civil Rights Litigation section. In 1987, a new adventure took hold of her heart and she joined the Spiritual Life Institute, a diocesan institute of men and women who live lives of solitude and community steeped in Carmelite Spirituality. She lived at the Institute’s three monastic–wilderness centers in Nova Scotia, Ireland, and Crestone, Colorado, until 2008. At that time, Kay felt a new call to return to the city and bring the lessons learned from 20 years of monastic living to others—as well as learn from others!
Kay has a Masters in Spirituality and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University. She also helps with spiritual formation at Holy Ghost Church in downtown Denver. In addition to still loving all the things she did growing up, Kay enjoys gardening and helping others to learn, to grow and discover their personal vocations. Kay considers it a great privilege to listen to and accompany others in spiritual direction.
Born in New Jersey, Catherine moved to Denver with her family when she was ten years old. After studying art and cultural anthropology at Denver University, she spent a year in Florence, Italy, immersed in the art that she loves. After her studies, Catherine married and started a family. In her late twenties, she experienced the desire for a more personal relationship with Christ. She responded initially by becoming a catechist at her parish, teaching everything from First Communion to RCIA. With the arrival of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in Denver in 2001, she entered into spiritual direction, a gift that has changed her life and set her on the path to becoming a spiritual director. In 2004, she was invited to take part in the very first formation class of the Prayer Partnering Program. She went on to complete the Program for Directors of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life. After caring for her elderly parents in their last years, she was asked to join the staff in February of 2015. Catherine treasures the ministry of spiritual direction, teaching in the Lanteri Center’s programs, and serving as supervisor for new spiritual directors.