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JRH Staff

  • Fr. Chris Manahan , SJ

    Occupation: Director
    Email: cmanahan@jesuitretreathouse.org
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    Fr. Chris Manahan, SJ, has been director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago since January 2015, working to maintain the tradition of a warm welcome and home-like atmosphere for retreatants who come here to pray and grow in their relationship with God. Early in his formation as a Jesuit he spent five months, from January to May 1995, with Fr. Dick McCaslin, S.J., and Sr. Marie Schwan, CSJ, at the Retreat House; and, after arriving in September 2014, also learned from Fr. John Schwantes, SJ, and Sr. Kerry Larkin, OSM, how to serve retreatants well. He is impressed that over the years that the peaceful atmosphere he remembers as a novice remains, thanks to the staff’s care and concern. A native of Rochester, MN, he entered the Jesuits in 1993 after a 15-year newspaper career in Albert Lea, MN, and Cedar Rapids, IA, also served as pastor on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and provided spiritual formation at the Jesuit Novitiate in Saint Paul, MN, for young men preparing to make vows in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
  • Sr. Susan Kusz , SND

    Occupation: Associate Director
    Email: skusz@jesuitretreathouse.org
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    Sr. Susan Kusz, SND, has spent nearly twenty years working in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work. A Sister of Notre Dame from the Toledo, Ohio province, Sr. Susan's earliest ministries were in the field of education in teaching, elementary school administration, and religion curriculum software design for the Diocese of Toledo. In retreat ministry, Sr. Susan served her province in directing Spiritual Life Ministries at Lial Renewal Center in Ohio. She then worked for many years in an international sabbatical program of spiritual renewal in New Mexico. Prior to coming to Oshkosh JRH, Sr. Susan served on staff at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. Sr. Susan takes special delight in God's "First Word" spoken in Creation and rejoices in the beauty that makes the JRH grounds such a sacred manifestation of God's goodness for all who come to this holy place.
  • Fr. Eugene Donahue , SJ

    Occupation: Assistant Director
    Email: edonahue@jesuitretreathouse.org
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    Fr Gene Donahue, entered the Society of Jesus in 1958 after attending Marquette U high school and University. He has graduate degrees from St Louis University and the University of Notre Dame. His last year of Jesuit formation was in Quebec, under the direction of Fr Gilles Cusson, SJ, an authority on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. He taught philosophy, theology, Christian spirituality and business ethics at Creighton University from 1971-96. He has also given many retreats in the Midwest since the early 70's, and he joined the staff at the Jesuit Retreat House in 2007 after serving in Jesuit ministries in Detroit, the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and St Francis Indian reservation in South Dakota. His current position at JRH was a dream of his since the early 1970's.
  • Fr. Jack Treloar , SJ

    Occupation: Assistant Director
    Email: jtreloar@jesuitretreathouse.org
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    Father Jack Treloar, S.J. entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 at the novitiate in Florissant, Missouri. He taught high school in St. Louis and was ordained in 1970 by Most Reverend James V. Casey in Denver Co. Fr. Jack has earned advanced degrees in Philosophy and Dogmatic/Systemic Theology from St. Louis University and a doctorate from Michigan State University. Over the ensuing fifty-five years, as a professor, scholar, lecturer, author and academic administrator, Fr. Jack’s ministry has taken him back to St. Louis University and Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) and to the Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA), most recently to the provincial offices of the WI Province of the Society of Jesus. His special fields of interest are the History of Medieval Philosophy and the philosophy of Kant. We are blessed to have Fr. Jack on staff here at the Jesuit Retreat House.
  • Ms. Susan Philipp

    Occupation: Business Manager
    Email: sphilipp@jesuitretreathouse.org
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    In 1983, Sue Philipp, JRH’s Business Manager, began a journey with the retreat house that has lasted 30 years. She moved to the Oshkosh area with her family that year and didn’t realize a major change was coming her way. Sue’s mother, who was employed at JRH as a cook and housekeeper, knew that her daughter was looking for work and suggested that she apply at the retreat house. According to Sue, “I had never heard of the Jesuit Retreat House but found out it was very close to my new home and that it was an “inn” of sorts. My maiden name in German means innkeeper so it seemed quite fitting to me that I work at an “inn”. I drove over, met with Fr. Gladstone, SJ the director at that time, applied for the job, and he hired me on the spot. My new journey as a JRH employee started the following day.” During her first 6 years, Sue worked as a part time housekeeper, laundry person and dining room server as well as helping out in maintenance and dabbling in the JRH gardens. In 1989, Director Fr. Jack Rainaldo, SJ asked if Sue would consider taking the fulltime bookkeeper position. Sue recounts, “I accepted the position and started work as the bookkeeper but the job kept evolving and over time I was asked to manage the main office, HR matters, payroll, the IT system, supervise housekeeping and assist the Director in administration.” During her 30 years, Sue has seen staff and program changes as well as many remodeling and construction projects. All of these changes have enhanced the prayerful environment and created additional sacred space to welcome home retreatants each year to JRH. “I am excited about the future of JRH and I’m looking forward to helping to create new memories here on this holy ground.”
  • Mr. Jeffrey Martin

    Occupation: Chef
    Email: jeffjoemartin@gmail.com
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    Jeff Martin, chef and kitchen manager at the Jesuit Retreat House, continues to carry on the JRH tradition of helping retreatants to not only feed their souls but also to nourish their bodies as well. Jeff learned to cook while growing up in a family of eight in Oshkosh. He began his career in the food industry by washing dishes and doing short-order cooking for local restaurants. Eventually, Jeff’s faith journey led him to attended three (3) retreats at the Jesuit Retreat House over a one year period. He really enjoyed each retreat. And, as the Holy Spirit sometimes works, a door opened for him at the retreat house in 2002 and he walked through it. By God’s hand, he has been JRH's chef for the last 12 years.
  • Mr. Charles Linde

    Occupation: Facilities Manager
    Email: clinde@jesuitretreathouse.org
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    Chuck Linde, our current Facilities Manager and the Construction Manager for the new building project, has a long and varied history with the retreat house. Chuck was first hired in 1984 at age 16 by Fr. Jack Rainaldo as a maintenance worker. Then four years later (1988) he was promoted to superintendent of buildings and grounds. In 1991, Chuck earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Industrial Technology with concentration in building construction from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. After graduation, from 1992 thru 1996, Chuck worked as construction project manager for a commercial contractor that specialized in building schools, medical clinics and a variety of commercial facilities. In 1996, Chuck returned to JRH as our full-time Facilities Manager. As we are in the midst of the new building project, Chuck’s construction background, expertise and experience is invaluable in helping JRH bring the project in on time and on budget.
  • Dcn. John Ingala

    Occupation: Associate Director of Development
    Email: deaconji@gmail.com
    Phone: 920-230-6992
    John Ingala was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Green Bay in 2009. Prior to ordination, Deacon John spent seventeen (17) years as owner/president of his own strategic planning, marketing and fundraising firm and another 10 years as the marketing officer for Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. John came to the Jesuit Retreat House in 2010 as a part-time consultant to help the staff prepare for its 50th Jubilee Year celebration and kick off of the Embracing & Securing the Future capital campaign to build a new Manresa Residential Wing and to renovate LaStorta into an individual and group conference center. Deacon John became a full-time employee at JRH in March 2011 to help create a development office and to coordinate the fundraising efforts. He lives in Oshkosh with his wife Shelley and serves as a deacon at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church on the west side of Oshkosh.
  • Trish Neuman

    Occupation: Admin Assist/ Registrar
    Email: office@jesuitretreathouse.org
    Phone: 920-231-9060
    Trish Neuman is a native of Hortonville, Wisconsin. She joined the Jesuit Retreat House in August of 2010. Her prior work background was House Manager with Casa Clare, a women’s residential treatment facility and Step Industries Neenah, Wisconsin in the capacity of Human Resources RepRESENTATIVE, Records Manager, and Team Leader. She has worked in Administration and Human Resources for the past 25 years. Trish is currently our Administrative Assistant/Registrar.