Spiritual Direction Training Program: Seminar for Seminary Spiritual Directors
In May of 2011, Pope Benedict XVI said, “As she has never failed to do, again today the Church continues to recommend the practice of spiritual direction, not only to all those who wish to follow the Lord up close, but to every Christian who wishes to live responsibly his baptism, that is, the new life in Christ. Everyone, in fact, and in a particular way all those who have received the divine call to a closer following, needs to be supported personally by a sure guide in doctrine and expert in the things of God.”
In addition, the Program for Priestly Formation, 5th edition, no. 110 states, “A regular meeting (at least once a month) with an approved spiritual director is an essential part of spiritual direction, especially in arriving at the interiorization and integration needed for growth in sanctity, virtue, and readiness for Holy Orders.”
The Program for Priestly Formation, 5th edition, no. 127 further states “Spiritual directors must be chosen from a list prepared by the director of spiritual formation. They should have proper training and adequate credentials for the work.”
The Holy Father has called the Church to further receive the gift of spiritual direction. The USCCB and the Program for Priestly Formation clearly state the importance of good spiritual direction in the seminary so much so that the U.S. Bishops state that seminary spiritual directors must have “proper training and adequate credentials.”
In response to the pressing need for trained seminary spiritual directors, the Institute for Priestly Formation is pleased to present a professional seminar for seminary spiritual directors conducted by Fr. Joseph Kelly and assisted by Fr. Vincent Fortunato, O.F.M.Cap. This seminar will enhance participants’ experience and understanding of the art of spiritual direction, as well as helping participants understand how “spiritual direction in a seminary context differs from spiritual direction more generally experienced in the Church.” (Program for Priestly Formation, 5th edition, no. 132)
This program is designed to accommodate the needs of both those who direct seminarians full-time in a seminary setting as well as those who serve as adjunct and part-time seminary spiritual directors.
The seminar is limited to 15 participants.