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Spiritual Direction

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction

Hosted at Orchard Hill Retreat Center, Millerstown, PA; Thin Space Ministries, Corinth, Kentucky; and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL 

Program Coordinator: Cynthia Willis
Registrar: Russell M. Hart

Location: Orchard Hill
Rt. 17 at Orchard Way
Millerstown PA 17062

*For those living outside of Central PA, we offer an online format.

Cost: $1200/year for 2 years + $30 application fee payable quarterly

CEUs: 11/year

(We usually meet on the 2nd weekend of each month, excluding July)

Class of 2018-2019


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About the Ministry:

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction is a two year training course which assists clergy and laity to sharpen their listening skills, clarify their graces, and acquire the disciplines essentials for caring for souls in love.

Year One focuses on the history, traditions & models, Biblical roots and theological foundations of Spiritual Direction. It stresses the differences between psychological counseling and Spiritual Direction, and demonstrating a contemplative approach to God.

Year Two focuses on the actual practice of Spiritual Direction: developing listening and assessment skills; becoming familiar with displacement and projection; transference and counter-transference; acquiring a working knowledge of the life-stages of faith development; cultivating an increased awareness of the power of prayer and healing; and learning the importance of supervision.

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction will:

  • provide basic instruction in sensitivity toward and insight into the workings of the Holy Spirit;
  • advocate the need for a greater connectednesss between the inner life of the spirit and the outer life of faithfulness to the Spirit’s direction;
  • facilitate a deepening prayer life and greater contentment with silence and solitude;
  • equip trainees to deal with strong emotions and maintain relationships over time;
  • require trainees to undergo Spiritual Direction and aid them in accepting personal weaknesses as the basis for compassion.

Commitment: One weekend a month except July, Friday, 6:30-Saturday, 4:00 beginning in September.

Cost: $1200 per year, plus $30 application fee, payable in quarterly payments. In past years, some conference funds have been available.

*About the Online Program:

Provided by The Center for Spiritual Formation, Inc.:

  • All administrative Program Functions:
    • Registration and acceptance into program
    • Invoicing and receiving of payments
    • Electronic distribution of all materials
  • Facilitation of Program Theme 9-2, one Saturday per month for 11 months, via Zoom internet platform
  • Awarding of Certificate upon completion of the program

Students are expected to:

  • Have a computer with the capability to support the Zoom internet platform
  • Submit all payments to The Center when invoiced
  • Participate in monthly sessions (Friday evening Peer Mentoring and Daily Office, Saturday morning Daily Office and presentations)
  • Be engaged with either a cohort group or spiritual director during the program in order to work with the relevant monthly material provided in The Daily Office. (This material should be engaged within the same week as the session presentation)

Downloads:

Download a Schedule 2018 – August 2019


Partner Host Sites:

We also partner with hosting sites in various locations:

St. Michael’s (Florida)
www.stmichaelschurch.com
Kentucky’s Thin Space Ministries https://www.thinspaceministries.org/

Looking for a Spiritual Director? 

If you would like to initiate a relationship with a Spiritual Director,  please contact The Center.  The staff will be glad to assist you: centerformation1@gmail.com or 717-249-1512, ext 249