Ministry of Spiritual Direction

Supervision

Peer Supervision Gatherings

These gatherings are intended for those who have been (or are in training) as spiritual directors through the Center for Spiritual Formation.  Those who have been trained by other programs are also welcome.  The gatherings will include:

  • a time of centering in community
  • exploration of deeper learning
  • small group sharing for active spiritual directors

For those who have been trained but are not active, this is a helpful place to practice your holy listening skills. All sessions will be on ZOOM with dedicated links and registration. These quarterly sessions are free of charge for participants.

Participation in the full series is encouraged, but not required.  The timing of the quarterly series and retreat offerings are intended to meet active spiritual directors where they are in their work and study/practice journey.  The topics identified are built around contemporary authors and issues.  Focus is based upon encounters where deeper reflection and teaching are beneficial for advancing understanding and practice for directees and directors.

There is no fee to participate in these quarterly sessions.

Session I:

Monday, May 23, 2022 — 6:30 to 8:30 pm, EST  (Room opens at 6:15pm for time of centering.)

Learning Topic: “Endlessly Inventive Evasion: Resistance in Spiritual Direction”

Reading: Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings by Janet K. Ruffing, RSM (Paulist Press, 2000)  Chapter 2 will be the emphasis for the session. 

Session II:

Monday, August 1, 2022 — 6:30 to 8:30 pm, EST  (Room opens at 6:15pm for time of centering.)

Learning Topic: “Searching for the Beloved: Love Mysticism in Spiritual Direction”

Reading: Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings by Janet K. Ruffing, RSM (Paulist Press, 2000) Chapter 4 will be the emphasis for the session.

Session III:

Monday, November 7, 2022 — 6:30 to 8:30 pm, EST  (Room opens at 6:15pm for time of centering.)

Learning Topic: “The ‘As If’ Relationship: Transference and Countertransference in Spiritual Direction”

Reading: Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings by Janet K. Ruffing, RSM (Paulist Press, 2000)
Chapter 6 will be the emphasis for the session.

There is no registration required to attend these quarterly supervision gatherings.  To connect with us, simply join us on the Zoom platform:
Meeting ID: 831 4050 1866
Passcode: SuperPeer

Deeper Dives In Peer Supervision Retreats

The Center’s offering of two 1/2 day retreats provides the opportunity to enrich understanding of the spiritual director’s relationship to others. These extended experiences focus dedicated teaching and reflection upon the director’s own self-encounter in the journey with directees.  Each retreat highlights a commitment to staying true to fundamental practices and continued alignment with best practices as a community of accountability through peer supervision.  

Friday, July 22, 2022 — 1:00 to 4:30 pm, EST

Learning Focus: A fundamental refresher for spiritual directors and their practice as we explore the gifts of spiritual direction: awakening, hospitality, story, pilgrimage, silence, meditation, and belonging.
Reading: Sacred Conversation:  Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction by Marsha Crockett (Upper Room Books, March 2022).
Fee: $40.00 Currently enrolled MSD participants and MSD graduates
$50.00 Non-MSD graduates

Friday, January 6, 2023 — 1:00 to 4:30 pm, EST

Learning Focus: An exploration of the dynamics of dual relationships, the desire to “fix things” and best practices in the art of spiritual direction.  This will be a helpful refresher for spiritual directors as we “reset” for a new year
Reading: Trustworthy Connections:  Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual Direction by Anne Winchell Silver (Cowley Publications, January 2004).
Fee: $40.00 Currently enrolled MSD participants and MSD graduates
$50.00 Non-MSD graduates