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Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Our graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction is a program of 12 credits in core theology and 10 credits in the art and skills of spiritual direction, including an 8-month supervised practicum. The 12 credits in core theology can be completed on-line. Credits can also transfer from other institutions. The practicum can be done at your home site, with distance participation in the practicum seminar.

Specific practices guide the Benedictine way of living, four of which are integrated into the spiritual direction courses for the certificate:

  • Lectio on Life  Traditional lectio divina  (prayerful reading of scripture) prepares us to approach our lived experience contemplatively.
  • Hospitality  The practice of hospitality opens us to receive God in unexpected ways when we welcome others as Christ.
  • Stability  Yielding to God's presence in the givens of life, staying with rather than escaping our experiences, frees us to be fully alive in the now.
  • Conversion of Life  Accepting that we are called to continual conversion increases our desire to listen and be faithful to God's call.

Additional Resources:

Consider trying the first course for personal enrichment, on-line with just one on-campus meeting this coming spring.

SPIR 437 01A-  The Practice of Discernment in Prayer (1) | Becky Van Ness
Web Class: January 16 - April 10 * No campus meetings
Required Campus Meeting: Sunday, June 11, 1:00 - 4:30 PM

An exploration of how our personal image of God evolves as we discern God's ways of
being present to us in prayer and in life. By both studying and practicing discernment of spirits we can become sensitive to inner movements, understanding where they come from and where they lead us. The course will include an introduction to the practice of lectio divina applied to our lived experience. Grading is satisfactory / unsatisfactory.

*Required: Access to computer with built-in camera OR attached web cam. 


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Click to flip through this booklet of reflections.

Spiritual Direction Booklet 

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