Meet Our Directors



Ronald William Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L.
August 7, 1943 – May 31, 2015

Dr. Ronald William Novotny was born August 7, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned post-graduate degrees from Catholic University, American University and University of Dayton including a PhD in Counseling Psychology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Ron worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 13 years in the Washington, DC area before spending 6 years helping patients at the VA Hospital in Tampa. His life work and mission was as Founder and Director of the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality.

Ron is survived by Adrienne, his beloved wife of 42 years; his children: Rachel Hagerty of Annapolis, MD, Adam (Holly) of Catonsville, MD, Marie (Trace) Talley of Cleveland, OH; seven grandchildren and 2 sisters.

A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 10:30am at Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer. Very Rev. Joseph L. Waters, J.C.L., V.F. was presider and homilist. Click here for the text of the homily.


Adrienne T. Novotny, M.Ed.

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 Servant Retreat Ministry.  Adrienne directed the Ignatian Exercises at the Institute for Priestly Formation for priests and seminarians.

She and her husband, Ronald, have been married 41 years and have two children and four grandchildren. Adrienne has been a lifetime member of the Marian Servants of Divine Providence for twenty years.