Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction

One of the great things that City on a Hill offers is the opportunity for spiritual direction for the young adults of Kansas City. During one-on-one spiritual direction sessions, you may develop a game plan for daily prayer, discern to what vocation God might be calling you, and work on overcoming vices in order to cultivate habitual heroic virtue. Regular spiritual direction is an essential element for anyone who desires holiness. Be a saint, sign up for spiritual direction!

Meet the Directors

Fr. Adam Johnson is the newly-appointed Vocation Director for the Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph.  Fr. Johnson grew up in the Kansas City area attending St. Therese Parish in Parkville.  During his junior year at the University of Missouri, he felt that God might be calling him to the priesthood and he entered the seminary.  He studied at Conception while finishing his college degree and then was sent by Bishop Finn for theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  He was ordained a priest in 2012 and has served as the associate pastor of St. John LaLande Parish in Blue Springs and then as pastor of St. Matthew Apostle parish in Kansas City before becoming the Director of Young Adult & Campus Ministry for the Diocese while also serving as administrator for Sacred Heart parish in Hamilton and Mary Immaculate parish in Gallatin.  


Fr. Mattingly

Fr. Andrew Mattingly is a priest for the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. Currently, he is associate pastor at St. Mark’s Parish in Independence while also serving as diocesan director for young adults. Although a lifelong Catholic, Fr. Mattingly went through a period of personal conversion during his last couple years of high school, particularly due to two things: the personal witness of a teacher on fire for love of God and the Church, as well as truly discovering the reality of the Holy Eucharist for the first time.

After a semester at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, Fr. Mattingly transferred to Conception Seminary College, graduating in 2011.  Afterward, he was sent for theology studies in Rome, was ordained a priest in the summer of 2015, and returned for one final year of studies in Rome before coming back to Kansas City permanently in the summer of 2016. In his free time, Fr. Mattingly enjoys playing disc golf, reading about Church history,  and listening to sacred music.



Father HaakeFr. Adam Haake is the associate pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in the Westport district of KC, MO. He has been a priest for five years and has a strong devotion both to St. Faustina and Q39 barbecue. He grew up in Raytown, MO, and attended MO State in Springfield before discerning a vocation to the priesthood. In his free time, he enjoys watching The Office and reading books about the spiritual life.





Fr. GabLickteigriel Lickteig currently serves as the associate pastor at St. Thomas More Parish in South Kansas City. After a radical reversion to the faith in college through the intercession of the Blessed Mother and the power of the Rosary, Fr. Lickteig attended St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE followed by theology studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH. Fr. Lickteig was ordained in 2015 and has served the last two years as a full-time teacher at Archbishop O’Hara High School.  “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37



Sr Regina NewSister M. Regina has been a religious Sister since 1993 and has served in various apostolates and places during those years, from teaching in high school to doing secretarial work.  In 2017, Sister formed a new community in the Diocese called Labor Mariae, which is a semi-contemplative community of Marian Sisters, located at Saint Mary's Parish in Independence, Missouri.   

Schedule an Appointment

Book an appointment with City on a Hill: Diocese of KCSJ using SetMore

Fr. Mattingly's appointments will take place only at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Westport. Please use the appointment button to schedule with Fr. Mattingly. 

Fr. Johnson's Direction appointments may occur at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Westport or downtown at The Catholic Center, on the second floor (20 West Ninth Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105). Please send Father an email with some dates that work for you and he will reply: johnson@diocesekcsj.org

Fr. Haake's appointments can be scheduled at ahkcsj@gmail.com 

Fr. Lickteig's appointments will take place at St. Thomas More. He can be reached at this email address: FatherGabe33@gmail.com

Sr. Regina's appointments for women only can be scheduled at this email address: materdivinaegratiae1972@gmail.com


The Catholic Center

When visiting The Catholic Center, there is a parking garage that you can park in; just tell the gate intercom you are here to meet with Fr. Johnson or Fr. Mattingly. From the parking garage, enter into the main building and take the elevator to the second floor where the receptionist will greet you (If the direction appointment is after 5pm, the receptionist might be gone for the day, in which case there are chairs by the elevators where you can wait for your spiritual director to meet you).

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Diocesan Shrine to Divine Mercy: (816)561-0400
Msgr. William J. Blacet, pastor 
Fr. Adam Haake, associate pastor

St. Thomas More Parish

Saint Mary's Parish