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Spiritual Direction

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction

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

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.


Our Spiritual Directors

Heather Baker-McAllister
PO Box 155
Wyalusing PA 18853

Joan Dodson
Northumberland PA 17857

Rev. Kathy Harvey-Nelson
Hellam PA 17406

Tammy Young
Clearfield PA 16830