An ancient art that dates back to the early Church, spiritual direction is a ministry deeply rooted in the Christian tradition. Most fundamentally, the goal of spiritual direction is to help one to become more aware of God’s presence in his or her life and to make life decisions in fidelity to that awareness. Through the guidance of a trained spiritual director, this ministry can help one clarify, articulate and affirm a spiritual experience as revealed through all the situations and events in life. Spiritual direction is not psychotherapy or counseling, but utilizes the many skills of counseling.
The Art of Spiritual Direction professional certificate program provides a holistic formation program in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which integrates theology, Scripture, psychology, spirituality, skills development and supervision in the art of spiritual direction. This program is a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange and is accredited by LMU Extension.
Who Should Participate
This program is open to men and women of all cultures and faith traditions in whom there is a recognizable call to the ministry of spiritual direction and who seek formal preparation. These people are aware of the sense of others “seeking them out” for deeper conversations and advice about the spiritual life, and desire a formation course which will companion them in this preparation. This program requires an application to be considered for enrollment. Applications are due by July 31.
As we consider the Holy Spirit the real director, the “human director” assumes no superiority in faith since we are all equal before God. Rather, the director attempts to assume a humble and contemplative posture toward the directee by companioning the seeker in witnessing God’s mysterious loving presence and action in their life. Students will be formed to fulfill this role in service to others. As such, they will learn to:
- Recognize the reality and depth of the inner being
- Understand how we meet God in the interior of our yearnings, hopes, joys, struggles, values and hurts
- Enter into one’s own depths, weaving together body, mind, spirit and emotions in the presence of the Creator
Credit from this program may be applicable to catechist certification at the discretion of the certifying diocese. Please be sure to check with the appropriate diocesan office to confirm that this program qualifies for credit towards certification or recertification. At the discretion of the department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount, students who successfully complete this program course are eligible to receive six semester hours towards a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology with an emphasis in Spiritual Direction
Wilkie Au, Ph.D.
Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Please check the Web site or contact LMU Extension for updated information. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment.
Questions? Contact the program facilitator, Sr. Cecilia Magladry, C.S.J., at (714) 633-8121 ext. 4115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.