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“Contemplative Listening”

A Formation Program for the

Ministry of Spiritual Direction

 

September 2013 to June 2015

 

Facilitated by

Members of the Spiritual Directors Group

 Archdiocese of Regina

 

St. Michael’s Retreat House

Lumsden, Sask.

 

           

Program Goals

  • To invite participants to a journey  for personal spiritual growth and renewal
  • To introduce participants to the theory and practice of spiritual direction
  • To provide supervision as participants practise and refine skills in the art of spiritual direction
  • To provide a prayerful learning community for the participants while developing their gifts and deepening their capacity for contemplative listening
  • To engage participants in the ongoing process of discernment of their call to the ministry of spiritual direction

 

Program Components

  • Twenty modules:  Four retreats (First year:  Orientation retreat; end of year discernment retreat; Second year: practicum retreat; commissioning retreat).  Sixteen weekends (group sharing, input sessions, and community prayer).
  • Short reflection papers once a month
  • On-going spiritual direction and supervision

 

Candidate Pre-requisites

  • Mature Christian adult who is seriously committed to an ongoing prayer life, to ministry and to growing in one’s spiritual journey.
  • A sense of call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction
  • Past experience of spiritual direction.  Has been seeing a spiritual director for at least six months prior to the beginning the program
  • Able to give a full commitment to the two-year program

 

Cost of Program  -  $4,000 - for two years.  This covers accommodations and meals for retreats and weekends.  A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required by August 1, 2013. 

*Registration form attached on this page

Ministries:

My dear brothers and sisters, our Catholic faith has been keeping us busy over this last week and a half. During the last ten days we have celebrated four great Feast Days of our faith in Jesus Christ. We have gathered as the Church to celebrate the Birth of Jesus which gave us the assurance that in every aspect of our life, Jesus is God-with-us. We are never left alone or abandoned.

My dear friends, in my younger days, I used to ask why is New Year’s a holy day of Obligation? Everybody is out celebrating the New Year on New Year’s Eve, so they don’t have time to go to Mass and on New Year’s Day everyone is too tired to go to Mass.  Everyone who went to Confession during Advent to get ready for Christmas finds that within a week they are in the state of sin again because they missed Mass on a Holy Day of Obligation! Seemed strange to me.

My dear brothers and sisters, we continue our celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ on this Sunday that follows Christmas. As soon as we talk about the birth of a baby, we very quickly begin to think about the family that welcomes this baby. On this Sunday following Christmas we turn our minds and our hearts towards the family of Jesus – to Mary and Joseph and their new child. And of course when we do that we also immediately think about our own families.