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Spiritual Retreat Foundation


The Spiritual Retreat Foundation was formed in 2014 by community leaders who believe that everyone deserves to experience the joy, respite and healing power of a spiritual retreat, regardless of circumstances or ability to pay. The Spiritual Retreat Foundation provides financial support to Christian ministries in South Texas who conduct spiritual retreats. Together, we bring God's love and helping hand to jails, prisons and wherever there is need. 


Clair McCormick, President
​Mrs. McCormick is a professional life coach and certified spiritual director with many years of experience in youth ministry and adult Faith Formation. She has worked for and with the Archdiocese of San Antonio since 2002.  Clair and her husband Robert are members of St. Pius X Parish and are very active in prison ministry in this archdiocese.


Severo Castañeda, Vice President
Mr. Castañeda worked in many fields, including law enforcement, prior to his retirement from the workforce.  He is a former Board Member of the San Antonio Kolbe Prison Ministry, where he co-directed many retreats. Severo is still an active TDCJ volunteer who teaches and facilitates classes at the John B. Connally Unit. He and his wife Silvia are members of St. Brigid Parish.


Silvia Castañeda, Treasurer 

Mrs. Castañeda​ holds a Master of Science in Nursing and is a Certified Case Manager and Certified Spanish Medical Translator. Silvia and her husband Severo are members of St. Brigid’s Catholic Church and she is active in Pastoral Care Ministry. Silvia also volunteers her time with the American Heart Association. 


Katrina Kane, Secretary 
Ms. Katrina Kane is a behavior consultant and former Army instructor who has been a volunteer and advocate of St. Pius X Prison Ministry efforts since 2014. She has a degree in Organizational Leadership and a background in journalism and behavioral health. She is currently pursuing licensure as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


Dennis Palmieri, President Emeritus
Mr. Palmieri is the CEO of Mercy Medical Supply company of San Antonio, Texas.  An active member of the St. Pius X Catholic Community, Mr. Palmieri resides in San Antonio with his wife and family.​

Leopoldo "Polo" Cervantes, Vice President & Treasurer Emeritus
​Mr. Cervantes is assistant vice president of facilities at Texas A&M - San Antonio.  Mr. Cervantes is a former member of the board of directors for the A.C.T.S. Retreat Foundation. An active member of the St. Matthews Catholic Community, Mr. Cervantes resides in San Antonio with his wife and family.

Len Magsamen, Member Emeritus
Mr. Magsamen retired from USAA as assistant vice-president of digital media. With more than 40 years in corporate communications, Mr. Magsamen is a former president of the International Television Association (ITVA) and chairmen of the board of the Webb Foundation. Mr. Magsamen and his wife Julie reside in Goodyear, Arizona and attend St. Thomas Aquinas.