Meet Our Directors

Adrienne T. Novotny, M.Ed. – Managing Director

Adrienne received her Masters in Education from the University of Towson and taught in the Baltimore City Public School System for seven years.  She and her husband founded the Keystone Ministry, a teaching ministry that preceded her work as a Director of the Cenacle where she has taught the “Elements of Spiritual Direction” in each session of the Spiritual Direction Program.  She also directs the Practicum requirement in that same program.  During her more than twenty years as a spiritual director, she has mentored graduates of the program, taught the Graduate seminars in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and has been a spiritual director in the Marian Servants Retreat Ministry.  Adrienne directed the Ignatian Exercises at the Institute for Priestly Formation for priests and seminarians.

She and her late husband, Dr. Ronald Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L., founded the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction in 1992. They were married 42 years and have two children and five grandchildren. Adrienne has been a lifetime member of the Marian Servants of Divine Providence since 1992.

Rev. Joseph Waters, J.C.L. – Academic Advisor

Father Joseph Waters is the Rector of St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral, St. Petersburg, FL. Father Waters is a canonist with a JCL degree from the Catholic University of America. Fr. Waters did seminary studies at St. John Vianney and the North American College. Ordained in 1987, Father served a variety of parishes as parochial vicar; in diocesan administration, at St. John Vianney College Seminary; and Pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Father is called upon often as a speaker on all things Catholic.



Fr. Peter RyanFather Peter Ryan, SJ is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Ryan served as executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2013-2016. Previously he was director of spiritual formation and professor of moral theology at Kenrick-Gennon Seminary in St. Louis, a professor of moral theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, assistant professor of theology at Loyola College in Maryland, 1994-2001. Fr. Ryan holds a licentiate and doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University, Rome; a master of divinity degree from Regis College, Toronto; a master of arts degree in English, a licentiate in philosophy from Gonzaga University, Spokane; and a bachelor of arts in political science from Loyola College in Maryland. He is currently teaching at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and has agreed to act as academic adviser for the Cenacle Spiritual Direction Program.