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Welcome Home Program:
A Listening Ministry for Veterans and their Families

image_wh2Most returning veterans will reintegrate into their families and communities with minimal problems—given enough time. The Listening Ministry is designed to shorten that time by providing a confidential, safe setting to talk about experiences or problems that are affecting your ability to reintegrate into civilian life—particularly questions of meaning and faith.

Make a donation and help provide spiritual support to veterans and their families. Donations will go to the Loyola Spirituality Center. 

You can also mail a check to Loyola at:
389 N. Oxford St.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

sheilalSheila Laughton, LtCol USAF, an associate staff member at Loyola, will meet with you to talk about your journey.

  • She is retired from the military, is a military spouse and has two sons on active duty. 
  • She served from the Vietnam era to 2000 and was deployed during the Gulf War.
  • Has a Masters degree in Theology and a Masters certificate in spiritual direction
  • Holds a Masters degree in Counseling
  • Is a member of Spiritual Directors International

How does it work?

You meet with Sheila for about an hour, usually once a month, for an ongoing conversation about your life journey and experiences. Sheila listens with you as a spiritual companion or guide. 

With an experienced and understanding guide, you and God together can heal memories and remove their disruptive power over you. You may also want to examine your understanding of a God who seems to allow bad things to happen to good people. This process begins with an honest reflection on who you really are—a child of God.

What is Spiritual Companioning?

  • It is an old and respected tradition (also called spiritual direction or spiritual mentoring).
  • It is a chance for you to focus and integrate various life experiences with a trusted guide who will listen as you find your way.
  • It is a process that encompasses all areas of life, including images of God, questions of faith, integrating traumatic or troubling experiences, renewing relationships, understanding fears, sorrows and joys.
  • It invites you to discover, or rediscover, God in your life.
  • Its goal is your self-understanding, personal growth and the establishment of a conscious connection with the Sacred.

Who is it for?

Anyone who could use a place to talk about things that are bothering them. Anyone uncomfortable with how he or she has been handling changes or turmoil in their lives. Anyone searching for meaning, purpose or discerning a life change. Anyone.

Is it counseling or psychotherapy?

No. It’s an opportunity to look at and understand yourself in relation to God—to see yourself from God’s perspective. 

What does it cost?

Free of charge for veterans and their families, funded by grants and donations through the Loyola Spirituality Center—from people who want to welcome you home. 

Who should I call?

For more information, or to schedule a meeting (daytime or evening), call Loyola at 651-641-0008 ext. 13 to reach Sheila Laughton. Or email: sheila@loyolaspiritualitycenter.org


Healing of Memories Workshops

Everyone has a story to tell and every story needs to be heard, acknowledged and respected. This is the first step to personal healing. Healing of Memories workshops, designed by Fr Michael Lapsley, provide a safe, experiential and interactive way to overcome feelings of anger, loss, grief and guilt, and offer one step in the journey to psychological, emotional and spiritual healing and wholeness.
The next workshop is open to non-veterans, with preference given to veterans, active service members, family members and those who care for them. This three-day workshop begins with dinner on Day One at 6:00 pm and concludes on Day Three around 2:00 p.m. 

For information about the next workshop:

Call Sheila Laughton, 651-641-0008 ext 13, and leave a contact name and phone number, or email:

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