Spiritual Direction additions

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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:

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