The dates for the 2021 Spiritual Direction Conferences at Saint Vincent Seminary have been finalized. The weeklong conferences are part of the Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation’s Spiritual Direction Formation Program. The first conference will take place from June 7 to 11, 2021, while the second conference will be held from June 21 to 25, 2021.
The two-year program is open to clergy, religious and lay students seeking to help others grow in faith through offering them the one-on-one ministry of spiritual direction. The curriculum consists of three major areas of study: spiritual direction dynamics, foundations in theology and psychology, and a mentored practicum. The primary purpose of the program “is to equip persons for competent leadership in some form of specialized ministry in congregations and other settings.”— (The Association of Theological Schools Bulletin 50, Part 1, 2012, G-45, B.1.1).
The participants will learn the foundational dynamics of spiritual direction through reading, lectures, and discussions. SD 1 will serve as a foundation for those who wish to continue learning the practice of spiritual direction. It is also a stand-alone course for those who wish to learn the “art of accompaniment”. SD 2 will expand upon what students have learned in SD 1, deepening their experiences on the road to expand their own spiritual enlightenment while teaching them how to assist others traveling the same path.
Participation in the Spiritual Direction Formation program can be at either the non-credit (audit) or the for-credit levels.
The courses consist of five hours of instruction per day for five days. There will also be opportunities over meals and during free times for private meetings with the instructors.
Space is limited! Reserve early!
Given the uncertainties of the COVID pandemic, the IMF may offer these in person, but the conferences will definitely be offered online. For those able to attend in person, daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, Sacramental Confession and prayer are included in the program and available to any who are interested. The programs also offer time for walks, silence, and reflection to best integrate the teaching offered during the courses. Saint Vincent Archabbey is a peaceful environment that naturally fosters reflection and contemplation.
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