Who We Are

Open Door’s mission is to enhance the spiritual growth of souls through the work and vision of Monsignor Chester Michael.

Father Chet on Ennis Mountain, which he regularly climbed to meet the dawn

We aim to accomplish this work through

Spiritual Direction Institute Ministry: a) Planning, coordinating and teaching the two-year SDI program.  B) Providing additional opportunities for spiritual growth through lectures, workshops and retreats. C) Offering need-based scholarships at the discretion of the board.

Communication and Publications: Supporting the publications, marketing and distribution of the books and writings of Father Chet through the establishment and maintenance of online communication.


Board of Directors

Open Door, a 501(c)3, is managed by volunteers.

  • Janet Centini, Earlysville, Va., Chair
  • Judy Zacharias, Charlottesville, Va., Treasurer
  • L. Ady Dewey, Waynesboro, Va., Secretary
  • Scott Fisher, Richmond, Va.
  • Twink Fisher, Richmond, Va.
  • Steve Ham, Keswick, Va.
  • Tom Hook, Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Patty Huffman, Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Al Mirmelstein, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Bev Mirmelstein, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Felicia Rakes, Chesterfield, Va.