Meet Jamie Steinhart, the retreat coordinator at Pallottine. She’s the person who will help you schedule your program and make sure all your needs are met. Learn more about Jamie and how she feels inspired to create a great experience for the guests.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I actually grew up in Florissant, just a few blocks from Pallottine, but I never even knew it existed before I came here on a retreat about four years ago! I am the oldest of four children and have six kids of my own ranging in age from 12 years old up to 23. Four of the kids are still living at home, with the other two college kids cycling in and out on breaks and summers. I have a degree in journalism and worked in marketing and advertising on and off for many years before finding my way here to Pallottine.
What’s your position and how long have you worked at Pallottine?
I have been at Pallottine for almost three years and my title is retreat coordinator. I am responsible for the coordination of all details for each retreat, and serve as the liaison between our retreat groups and our staff. I am the point of contact for tours, booking retreats and then organization of retreats once they are on our retreat calendar.
What gifts do you bring to your work?
The gifts I bring are my welcoming personality to all of our guests who come through our door. I consider every person who comes here either an old friend I haven’t seen in a while or a new friend I have not met. And because I have served on and attended many retreats myself, I have a unique perspective on how powerful retreats can be and how important it is for the details to be taken care of behind the scenes. And I truly love Pallottine and its ministry so my affection for this wonderful place hopefully comes across to all of our guests.
Why do you think Pallottine Renewal Center is an important ministry?
I think we are an important ministry because many people are seeking renewed faith and peace in their lives. And Pallottine offers them a holy and wonderful space to reconnect with God, themselves and their communities. We lend them the space and time to find what they are looking for in their own lives and they always leave with a little more joy and peace.
How do you see your work as part of this ministry?
I jokingly say I am like a “party planner” for God. I am the organizer and the detail person for each retreat so that once the retreatants get to Pallottine, they can enjoy the experience and not have to concern themselves with the details. I truly care about our ministry and about our guests, and I want each person who enters our doors to feel welcome and cared for. I think that is my most important role.
What does Pallottine’s motto, “Refresh, Reflect, Renew” mean to you?
Our motto speaks very much to what our guests need and then receive here at Pallottine. All of us get caught up in the madness of our busy lives. Pallottine offers a space to come and refresh their souls, reflect on what their spiritual needs are and renew themselves both spiritually and physically.
What are some of your favorite experiences and memories at Pallottine?
Some of my favorite groups that we host are the high school Kairos Retreats. My favorite memory is when my son Ben was here on a high school Kairos with St. Louis University High and he was chosen to speak to all of the students on retreat. He was standing in front of the stained glass in our chapel and talking to his fellow classmates about how important faith and brotherhood is. I had the privilege of watching him quietly from the sacristy. It was one of the most grace-filled moments of my life.
What are your passions and aspirations?
I am passionate about my job, my friends, my family and my faith. I believe that we are all on this earth to learn from and to lean on each other. I am passionate about social justice issues and I hope to someday, when time allows, do much more to volunteer within my community. And because I love to write, I hope that someday I can dedicate more time to writing and maybe even have something published.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Some of the things I like to do in my spare time are reading, decorating, traveling, writing and spending quality time with family and friends.
Do you have a quote that inspires you?
One of my favorite quotes is “Be happy… not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything.” I am a person that always looks for the positive, both in people and in my circumstances. So I always try and seek happiness, and I always am a seeker of joy.