Fall 2018 Semester: Tuesday evenings,
September 4 - December 4, 2018
The Institute for Spiritual Direction at the St. Francis Retreat Center held a commencement service on December 7 with a Mass, dinner and presentation of certificates of completion to its first cohort of graduates.
One graduate reflected: “When starting this journey I wasn't even sure I completely understood what the fullness of spiritual direction could offer. I'm now confident and feel capable of being a spiritual director. The journey changed, challenged and focused my thinking.” And another commented: “I learned about the different types of spiritualities, which in turn allowed me to recognize individual differences in myself and others."
Requirements for Certificate of Completion
Considerations for Enrollment:
· Completion of the following college-level
Theological Coursework (or equivalent):
1) Fundamental Theology
2) Old Testament
3) New Testament
***Note: these three classes are offered at the Institute
for students needing to meet this requirement***
· 1 year of pastoral ministry
· Recommendation from pastor or church leadership
Internship Academic Curriculum Covers Three Courses:
· Christian Spiritual Tradition
· Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Direction
· Systematic Spiritual Theology
Additional Internship Requirements:
· Attend SFRC Parish Weekend
· Attend an 8-Day Ignatian Retreat
· SFRC Internship as Weekend Lay Director
This is a part-time, non-resident program. The practicum portion of the program is offered both on-site and at the candidate’s parish. This program will be covered over an 18 month period, as three on-site classes. There is one class per 12 week semester which meets once a week.
You must complete 100 practicum hours; which will be divided into fifty 2 hour sessions. You will meet with directees and will journal the experience, which will be reviewed within your small group and the class.
If you will be travelling for class, overnight rooms are usually available and can be arranged ahead of time.
For Spiritual Directors: