Spiritual Direction Courses Open For In Person Learning

2021 News

The two spiritual direction courses to be offered June 7 to 11 and 21 to 25 by the Saint Vincent Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation will be available in person as well as online. The courses are taught by Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., and Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., faculty members at the Seminary. The two Benedictines are the authors of the text for the course, Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love.

Spiritual Direction I: Art of Accompaniment, will be offered June 7 to 11, while Spiritual Direction II: Advanced Topics in Spiritual Direction, will be held June 21 to 25. In person  registration is limited.

Through reading, lectures, and discussions, participants will learn the foundational dynamics of spiritual direction.

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. The course consists of five hours of instruction per day for five days.

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. Both SD1 and SD2 consist of five hours of instruction per day for five days.

Father Boniface is director of the Institute for Ministry Formation, and the Seminary’s director of spiritual formation, and programming manager for We Are One Body Catholic Radio. Father Thomas is professor of theology at Saint Vincent Seminary, a psychoanalyst, author of The Passion of the Lamb and The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood. Both have given retreats nationally and internationally. Their new book is Personal Prayer: A Guide to Receiving the Father’s Love.

Founded in 1846, Saint Vincent Seminary is the fourth oldest Roman Catholic Seminary in the United States. The Institute for Ministry Formation (IMF) is an extension of the Seminary’s commitment to the formation and education of priests, laity, and religious. The Christian life is about service, and service is ministry! Using new technology and traditional methods for learning and gathering, the IMF gathers this community, grows and supports their faith, and helps guide their response to God’s call by forming their hearts and minds.

To register visit this link.