Spiritual Direction is a one-to-one relationship in which the person seeking spiritual direction (the directee) is led and guided in the development of his/her spiritual life by a more experienced and knowledgeable spiritual mentor (the director). There are opportunities not only for individual direction but also group spiritual direction.
Spiritual direction can enrich one’s relationship to self, to God, and to people. It’s particularly helpful for a person who is in the midst of vocational discernment or who is wrestling with difficult faith/spiritual experiences. Put simply, it’s about fostering a relationship of love during one’s journey in faith.
There are various programs which provide training in this ministry, one of note being the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, MD. Many spiritual directors are associated with Spiritual Directors International which promotes on-going formation, continuing education and peer support. The Spiritual Directors International Directory is a great resource for finding a guide for the spiritual journey.
For more information, contact:
Eugenie B. Drayton