WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
“Spiritual Director” is somewhat of a misnomer because the real director is always the Holy Spirit. The director is a companion who helps us listen and look at the action of the Spirit in our lives and helps us to listen to our own heart. A Spiritual Director simply fosters the relationships with God and others so that they may deepen and grow. Spiritual direction is more about asking questions than about giving answers. It is a ministry of the “Holy Spirit.” A director should be trained in a spiritual direction program, such as that offered by the Diocese of Austin.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Have you ever wondered exactly what spiritual direction is and why a person would seek out a Spiritual Director? Spiritual direction is the art of Christian listening, a sacred relationship in which a director helps someone to uncover and discover the direction of God in their lives. A Spiritual Director has been called by God and trained to companion another person on the spiritual journey.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AND PASTORAL COUNSELING?
Pastoral counseling assumes the person has a problem or issue that is preventing them from leading a healthy life. Spiritual direction assumes that the person is already whole, but hasn't yet fully embraced this truth for themselves. Spiritual direction always happens in the context of prayer.
WHAT DO SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS DO?
As a trained director they will assist directees by:
- Listening reflectively to that which is deeper than words.
- Helping them notice how the Sacred is present in their lives.
- Enabling them to hear and trust their own inner wisdom, where the Sacred is present and respond to that wisdom.
INFORMATION ON PROGRAM
The Institute for Spiritual Direction is a two year formation program beginning in September and ending in May each year. Sessions for Year 1 of the 2016-2017 program are scheduled to meet in September and November 2016 and in January, March, April, and May 2017. Each session begins on Friday evening and ends at noon on Sunday.
Cost for the program is $1900 per year and covers lodging, food, materials and a weekend retreat. Each candidate is responsible for providing the required books.
IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING CALLED TO THIS MINISTRY CONSIDER THIS:
What is happening in your own spiritual life? Are you passionate about your own Journey with the Sacred? Do you set aside time daily to explore and deepen this journey? Are you currently receiving spiritual direction? Do you have a desire to live out of a more contemplative attitude toward yourself and others? Do people seek you out to discuss important or difficult aspects of their lives? These are a few questions to ponder when trying to determine if God is calling you to this ministry. Spend some time reflecting on them and notice what happens within as you sit with the questions.
Requirements for Application and Admission
- Practicing Catholic for at least three years
- Completion of application form
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from your Pastor & Spiritual Director
- Background check
- Completion of EIM
- Interview with ISD team
- Participation in spiritual direction for 3 years.
We are now taking applications for the 2016 class in January of 2016.
You may print out the application here, complete, and mail it to:
Spiritual Direction Institute
PO Box 58
Belton TX 76513-0058
or scan and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact Beverly Collin at 254-780-2436 or email@example.com