Journey Center of Chicago


  • Kitchie Ranillo Bakken
    Kitchie Ranillo Bakken
    Spiritual Director, JCOC Board Member

    Kitchie Ranillo Bakken was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She is a child of immigrants from the Philippines and grew up in a bi-cultrual home. She moved to Chicago, IL for college. Surprisingly, the skyline and the lake captivated her Californian heart enough to withstand the harsh winters, and she has been here since. She studied at North Park University and received her bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. After college, she began working in the non-profit world as an administrative coordinator and event manager. She has planned and executed countless events and enjoyed doing so. Her passion is to always create a space where people feel loved, cherished, and seen. Ultimately, this passion is what brought her into her work of spiritual direction. She desires to walk with people so that they can experience how much the Divine loves and cherishes their full authentic selves. She is especially passionate about the intersection of spirituality and culture.
    Kitchie is a life-long partner to Tommy Bakken and is a dog mama to a mini schnauzer named Todd. She describes herself as a serial hobbyist because ultimately her favorite hobby is trying new hobbies. However, of her many hobbies, her favorites are food-related. Whether it is cooking or going out to eat to new restaurants, there is no greater joy than sharing a meal together. Especially when it is a labor of love. 🙂



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Jan 14 2023


Central Time
10:30 am - 12:00 pm





New Year Retreat: Clearing the Path

New Year Retreat: Clearing the Path

Date: Jan 14, 2023
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, CT

At the end of each year, I often find myself a little bit cluttered in my head, heart, and soul. All the plans and intentions that were set at the beginning of the year get buried under the life that was lived, especially with the whirlwind of the holiday season. It’s not all bad. In fact, the clutter is proof that a life was lived. The memories, experiences, to-do lists, and activities all leave an imprint on our lives. But now is the time to prepare for a new season, a new year. Join us on Jan 14 from 10:30am – 12:00pm Central Time where we will spend time clearing the path so we are able to step into the new year, refreshed and renewed. 

This retreat will be led by spiritual director, Kitchie Ranillo Bakken who also serves as a board member of the Journey Center of Chicago. Her passion is to create space where people can connect intimately with the Divine and experience the truth that we are each sacred and holy just as we are.

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