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Spiritual Direction

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction

Our MSD program is currently online due to the pandemic.  Normally, it is hosted at Orchard Hill Retreat Center (Millerstown, PA), with cohorts at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (Orlando, FL), Thin Space Ministries (Corinth, KY), and online students from across the United States.

Registrar: Lindsay Zubal

Center Director: Kathy Harvey Nelson

Center Administrative Assistant: Lisa Klinger

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

Cost: $50 non-refundable application fee, $1,600 per year payable quarterly

CEUs: 12/year

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 per month (usually the second weekend of the month).  Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and Saturday from 8:15 am to 3:00 pm.

Cost: $1600 per year, plus $50 non-refundable application fee, payable in quarterly payments. Scholarships are available to clergy of the Susquehanna Conference by contacting the Board of Ordained Ministry. 

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 that consist of both a Friday evening and Saturday gatherings.
  • Trainees must devote additional time to study and prayer and receive Spiritual Direction at least once a month.
  • During Year Two, each trainee should offer Spiritual Direction to one person, once a month.

Partner Host Sites:

St. Michael’s (Florida)

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 1006