Next Oregon Retreat: September 12 - 16, 2018                 Grief to Grace Oregon Flyer

Grief to Grace Oregon, Inc.

Grief to Grace Oregon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit sponsor of a professionally facilitated, spiritual retreat grounded in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ.  The "Grief to Grace Retreat" developed by Theresa and Kevin Burke brings healing and reclaims the human dignity of survivors of childhood, adolescent or adult traumatic sexual, physical, domestic or ritual abuse.

Although we are independently organized and managed, our retreat program is based on the wonderful work of Grief to Grace Ministries.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Theresa and Kevin Burke, the founders of Grief to Grace Ministries and the inspiration for our own organization.

Board of Directors

Fr Peter O'Brien - President

fr_peter_-_cut.JPGFather Peter grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and attended St. Mary Catholic School from grades 1 through 12.  He participated in high school sports including basketball, football and track.  While working as an electric lineman, he discovered his calling to the priesthood which led him to Mt. Angel, Oregon and his subsequent incardination to the Archdiocese of Portland.  As an undergraduate at Mt. Angel, he achieved a BA in Philosophy and English, and was honored with the St. Anselm Award. Father Peter continued his studies at Mt. Angel for theological studies to complete a Master’s degree of Divinity and received the St. Benedict Award for exemplifying the highest formational ideals of the seminary.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 2005.  Since then he has served at St. Cecilia in Beaverton, St. Anne in Grants Pass, St. Monica in Coos Bay and is currently serving St. Edward in Lebanon, St. Bernard in Scio and St. Thomas in Jefferson.  In addition to the Grief to Grace ministry, Father Peter has enjoyed being involved in various other ministries in the Church which include serving as a chaplain for Teams of Our Lady (TOOLS), participating on the Rachel's Vineyard retreat teams, retreat master at Our Lady of Peace Retreat, serving as Spiritual Director on pilgrimage to Medjugorje and serving on the Board of Continuing Education for the Clergy.  Father Peter enjoys golf, fishing and woodworking.


Diane Habjan - Vice President & Team Member

Diane_Habjan.JPGDiane grew up in rural Iowa and received a BA degree in Psychology from Loras College. She began her career as a Case Manager for Adult Protective Services in Ohio.

In 1980, she and her husband moved to Oregon where she worked as a Certified Medical Assistant, retiring in this role after 30 years. Diane and her husband of 35+ years have two grown sons and one grandson.

She is a Eucharistic Minister and frequent Proclaimer at St. Edward’s Parish, Lebanon, where she has also assisted in Music Ministry. In addition, Diane is a member of the Grief to Grace Retreat Team.


David D. McFetridge, CPA - Treasurer

David is a Certified Public Accountant at Sundberg, Rauch, Benneth, Horner & McFetridge, CPA, L.L.C.  David joined the firm in 1990 and practices income tax consulting and preparation for individuals and businesses.  He also provides accounting and auditing services.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Oregon. 

In addition to serving as Treasurer for Grief to Grace Oregon, David is the Founder and President of the Lebanon Schools Foundation.  The foundation, established in 1997, has provided over $250,000 in scholarships and grants for students in the Lebanon School District.  He has served as a member of the St. Edward Parish finance committee for many years, and is past President and Treasurer of the Lebanon Optimist Club.


Linda Franco - Secretary

G2G_team_small[1].jpgIn addition to handling the administrative and organizational duties of Grief to Grace Oregon, Linda is a trained Trauma Minister.  Linda has also served on numerous Rachel's Vineyard retreat teams.






Edwin L. Diehl III - Chief Technical Administrator

CSIA_2012_Scottsdale_Ed-Diehl-XL.jpgEd is a founder and coCEO of Concept Systems Inc, a Control Systems Integration firm based in Albany, OR.  Founded in 1999, Concept Systems Inc serves an international customer base, with offices in Seattle, WA, Denver, CO and Charlotte, NC.  Prior to Concept Systems, Ed held engineering and management positions at TAVA Technologies and INOVEC, Inc.

Ed holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, with a focus on control systems and smart product design.

Ed is past Chairman of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA, 2008 - 2011), and founder of the Albany, Oregon based Control Freaks Toastmasters Club. Ed is a member of the St. Bernard Parish in Scio, Oregon.

Ed was born and raised in Plains, Montana.  He is an instrument-rated private pilot and flies every chance he gets.  In addition to flying, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years, Jamie, their two children Tasha and Scott, and granddaughter Kennedy.