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The Art of Spiritual Direction

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About ASD

The Art of Spiritual Direction (ASD) is a three-year program that trains individuals for the ministry of spiritual direction. It covers various subjects like theology, spirituality, skills development, psychology, Scripture, and supervision. Classes are held 10 Saturdays per year at St. Joseph Center in Orange, CA, including content, reflection, group discussions, reading, and journaling. The program also includes practicum sessions for hands-on experience and individual supervision. ASD prepares students for the fulfilling role of spiritual directors.

Successful completion of the three-year program results in receipt of a certificate of completion from both the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and the Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University.

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Who May Apply?

The program is open to individuals of all cultures and faith traditions who feel called to the ministry of spiritual direction and wish to receive formal training.

Prerequisites

  • Be in on-going and continued spiritual direction for at least two years

  • Be active in a faith community

  • Be committed to a life of prayer and discernment

  • Minimum age: 35

  • Be willing to comply with the current COVID protocol of the St. Joseph Center (refer to the Center for Spiritual Development website)

  • June 2024
    June 19, 2024 / "My Sacrifice, O God, Is a Contrite Spirit" / Gray June 18, 2024 / Love Your Enemies / Gray June 17, 2024 / Above and Beyond / Gray June 16, 2024 / We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight / Gray June 15, 2024 / Let Your "Yes" Mean "Yes!" / Helmlinger June 14, 2024 / Unbounded Beauty / Helmlinger June 13, 2024 / Waters of Life / Helmlinger June 12, 2024 / God of Our Hope! / Helmlinger June 11, 2024 / Salt of the Earth and Light of Our Lives! / Helmlinger June 10, 2024 / Blessed Are We / Helmlinger June 9, 2024 / Sin Enters In / Helmlinger June 8, 2024 / Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary / DeLisle June 7, 2024 / Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus / DeLisle June 6, 2024 / Bear All for the Sake of the Other / DeLisle June 5, 2024 / Stir into Flame the Gift of God / DeLisle June 4, 2024 / Enlighten Our Hearts / DeLisle June 3, 2024 / Knowing and Being Known by God / DeLisle June 2, 2024 / Corpus Christi Sunday / DeLisle June 1, 2024 / Joyful! Joyful! / Mussché
  • March 2024
    March 31, 2024 / Peter and the Empty Tomb / Fallon March 30, 2024 / In Waiting / Mussché March 29, 2024 (Good Friday) / What Now? / Mussché March 28, 2024 / Called to Servanthood / Mussché March 27, 2024 / Giving Pause / Mussché March 26, 2024 / Timeless Story / Mussché March 25, 2024 / The Following Day / Mussché March 24, 2024 / Beginning the Celebration of the Paschal Mystery / Gray March 23, 2024 / One Shepherd for Us All / Gray March 22, 2024 / No Prophet is Accepted in His Native Place / Gray March 21, 2024 / Covenant and Context / Robinson March 20, 2024 / Generosity of Heart / DeLisle March 19, 2024 / Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary / DeLisle March 18, 2024 / All in Need of Mercy! / DeLisle March 17, 2024 / A Lasting Covenant / DeLisle March 16, 2024 / Lenten Journey / Helmlinger March 15, 2024 / Lenten Journey with Jesus / Helmlinger March 14, 2024 / Love in Your Heart / Helmlinger March 13, 2024 / Gracious and Merciful God! / Helmlinger March 12, 2024 / Jesus Heals! / Helmlinger March 11, 2024 / Miracles of Our Faith / Helmlinger March 10, 2024 / We Will Not Forget! / Helmlinger March 9, 2024 / The Tax Collector Stood Off at a Distance / Hilliard March 8, 2024 / Return, O Israel, to the Lord Your God / Hilliard March 7, 2024 / Faithfulness Has Disappeared / Hilliard March 6, 2024 / The Closeness of the Lord, Our God / Hilliard March 5, 2024 / Prayer in the Fiery Furnace / Hilliard March 4, 2024 / Cure of Syrian Army Commander / Hilliard March 3, 2024 / Words that Bind Us to God and Each Other / Hilliard March 2, 2024 / The Horizon Calls / Mussché March 1, 2024 / Being with Intention / Mussché
  • April 2024
    April 30, 2024 / The Promise of Peace and Presence / DeLisle April 29, 2024 / Our Live Speak / DeLisle April 28, 2024 / Our Actions Speak Louder Than Words / DeLisle April 27, 2024 / The Greatest of These / Mussché April 26, 2024 / Let It Roll Down / Mussché April 25, 2024 / Dancing Forward / Mussché April 24, 2024 / Guided by the Resurrection / Mussché April 23, 2024 / Under Pressure / Mussché April 22, 2024 / You Gotta Have Faith / Mussché April 21, 2024 / Naming and Claiming / Mussché April 20, 2024 / Rise Up! / Helmlinger April 19, 2024 / Conversion of St. Paul / Helmlinger April 18, 2024 / Life of the World / Helmlinger April 17, 2024 / Joy! / Helmlinger April 16, 2024 / I Am the Bread of Life / Helmlinger April 15, 2024 / Live in Jesus! / Helmlinger April 14, 2024 / Author of Our Lives / Helmlinger April 13, 2024 / Sharing Creator's Power / Hilliard April 12, 2024 / More Than They Could Eat / Hilliard April 11, 2024 / We Are Witnesses / Hilliard April 10, 2024 / During the Night, the Angel of the Lord Opened the Doors of the Prison / Hilliard April 9, 2024 / Everything in Common: One Heart and Mind / Hilliard April 8, 2024 / Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord / Hilliard April 7, 2024 / One Heart and One Mind / Hilliard April 6, 2024 / Believe: Go Out in the World and Proclaim the Gospel / Clock April 5, 2024 / They Knew it Was the Lord / Robinson April 4, 2024 / Jesus Opened Their Minds / Robinson April 3, 2024 / Rise and Walk / Robinson April 2, 2024 / Tears for the Beloved / Fallon April 1, 2024 / "Go Tell My Brothers ..." / Fallon
  • February 2024
    February 29, 2024 / Looking Through / Mussché February 28, 2024 / Looking Beyond / Mussché February 27, 2024 / Looking Within / Mussché February 26, 2024 / Wonder Gaze / Mussché February 25, 2024 / Sacred Threads / Mussché February 24, 2024 / Journey of Lent / Helmlinger February 23, 2024 / Reflect and Return to the Lord! / Helmlinger February 22, 2024 / The Lord is My Shepherd / Helmlinger February 21, 2024 / Humbleness of Heart! / Helmlinger February 20, 2024 / Be Fruitful! / Helmlinger February 19, 2024 / Give Abundantly! / Helmlinger February 18, 2024 / Repent and Believe in the Gospel! / Helmlinger February 17, 2024 / "Follow Me" / DeLisle February 16, 2024 / Fasting / DeLisle February 15, 2024 / Take Up Your Cross / DeLisle February 14, 2024 / Ash Wednesday / DeLisle February 13, 2024 / Watch Out! / DeLisle February 12, 2024 / Holy Perseverance / DeLisle February 11, 2024 / When Need Meets Compassion / DeLisle February 10, 2024 / A Satisfying, Abundant Meal for 4,000 Hungry People / Hilliard February 9, 2024 / Healing of a Deaf Man / Hilliard February 8, 2024 / Responding to the Foreign Woman / Hilliard February 7, 2024 / The Queen of Sheba Meets King Solomon / Hilliard February 6, 2024 / Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs / Hilliard February 5, 2024 / Where God Abides / Hilliard February 4, 2024 / Always Giving Praise / Hilliard February 3, 2024 / An Understandig Heart / Hilliard February 2, 2024 / Simeon and Anna Welcome the Messiah / Fallon February 1, 2024 / Sent Out Two by Two / Fallon
  • May 2024
    May 31, 2024 / Visitation and Grace / Mussché May 30, 2024 / Be Kind / Mussché May 29, 2024 / Point of View / Mussché May 28, 2024 / The Pure Glory of God / Mussché May 27, 2024 / Infinite Reality / Mussché May 26, 2024 / Unity / Mussché May 25, 2024 / Let the Children Come to Me / Hilliard May 24, 2024 / Bless the Lord, O My Soul / Hilliard May 23, 2024 / "Better Than to be Thrown into Gehenna" / Hilliard May 22, 2024 / Another "Yielding of Power" Teaching / Hilliard May 21, 2024 / Who Is the Greatest? / Hilliard May 20, 2024 / "... After Bowing His Head, He Handed Over the Spirit" / Hilliard May 19, 2024 / Pentecost Sunday / Hilliard May 18, 2024 / Walk of Faith / Helmlinger May 17, 2024 / Follow Me! / Helmlinger May 16, 2024 / Love Song / Helmlinger May 15, 2024 / Love / Helmlinger May 14, 2024 / Love, Peace, and Joy! / Helmlinger May 13, 2024 / God's Peace / Helmlinger May 12, 2024 / Rise Up! / Helmlinger May 11, 2024 / Now I Am Going Back to the Father / Fallon May 10, 2024 / No One Will Take Away Your Joy / Fallon May 9, 2024 / Your Grief Will Become Joy / Fallon May 8, 2024 / In Whom We Live, and Move, and Have Our Being / Robinson May 7, 2024 / What Must I Do to Be Saved? / Robinson May 6, 2024/ I Will Send You the Spirit of Truth / Robinson May 5, 2024 / Everyone Who Loves Knows God / Robinson May 4, 2024 / "I Have Chosen You" / Beall May 3, 2024 / Necessary Reminders / Beall May 2, 2024 / Remain in Me / Inocencio May 1, 2024 / The Vinedresser, The Vine, and the Branches / Inocencio
  • January 2024
    January 31, 2024 / When There Is No Faith / Gray January 30, 2024 / Just Have Faith / Gray January 29, 2024 / The Story Behind the Headline / Gray January 28, 2024 / With Authority / Gray January 27, 2024 / Never Forget / Mussché January 26, 2024 / Peace Be With You / Mussché January 25, 2024 / With Eyes Wide Open / Mussché January 24, 2024 / Circling Back / Mussché January 23, 2024 / Landscapes of the Heart / Mussché January 22, 2024 / The Secret / Mussché January 21, 2024 / The Invitation / Mussché January 20, 2024 / Sacred Listening / DeLisle January 19, 2024 / Ambassadors of Reconciliation / DeLisle January 18, 2024 / God Among Us / Delisle January 17, 2024 / Five Smooth Stones / DeLisle January 16, 2024 / A Humble Heart / DeLisle January 15, 2024 / Now I See more Clearly! / DeLisle January 14, 2024 / Ordinary Times of Extraordinary Grace / DeLisle January 13, 2024 / Follow Me! / Helmlinger January 12, 2024 / From the Rooftop of Faith / Helmlinger January 11, 2024 / "Tell No One" / Helmlinger January 10, 2024 / Speak, Lord! / Helmlinger January 9, 2024 / Exalt in the Lord! / Helmlinger January 8, 2024 / Waters of Life / Helmlinger January 7, 2024 / Gifts We've Been Given / Helmlinger January 6, 2024 / The Testimony of God / Robinson January 5, 2024 / To Love in Deed and Truth / Robinson January 4, 2024 / Those Who Live in Love, Live in God / Robinson January 3, 2024 / Children of God / Hilliard January 2, 2024 / Memorial of Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church/ Hilliard January 1, 2024 / Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God / Hilliard
  • June 2023
    6/30/2023 / "Lord, If You Wish, You Can Make Me Clean" - Hilliard 6/29/2023 / Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles / Hilliard 6/28/2023 / Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr / Hilliard 6/27/2023 / They Could Not Dwell Together / Hilliard 6/26/2023 / Leave the Land of Your Kinsfolk / Hilliard 6/25/2023 / Do Not Be Afraid; You Are Worth More / Hilliard 6/24/2023 / Prophet of the Most High / DeLisle 6/23/2023 / Where is Your Heart? / DeLisle 6/22/2023 / This is How You Are to Pray / DeLisle 6/21/2023 / God Loves a Cheerful Giver / DeLisle 6/20/2023 / Strength Through Love / DeLisle 6/19/2023 / God's Word Illuminates / DeLisle 6/18/2023 / The Good Shepherd / DeLisle 6/17/2023 / Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary / Helmlinger 6/16/2023 / Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus / Helmlinger 6/15/2023 / Glory in the Lord / Helmlinger 6/14/2023 / Holy is Our God / Helmlinger 6/13/2023 / Salt of the Earth / Helmlinger 6/12/2023 / The Beatitudes / Helmlinger 6/11/2023 / Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ / Helmlinger 6/10/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Sacred Encounters Ongoing / Mussché 6/9/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Sacred Encounters II / Mussché 6/8/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Sacred Encounters / Mussché 6/7/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Getting There / Mussché 6/6/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Preparation / Mussché 6/5/2023 / Walking the Paths of Truth & Righteousness / Robinson 6/4/2023 / The Mystery of the Trinity / Robinson 6/3/2023 / I Sought Wisdom Openly / Robinson 6/2/2023 / The Legacy of the Godly / Robinson 6/1/2023 / How Beautiful Are All God's Works / Robinson
  • April 2023
    April 30, 2023 / To Be Known by Name / Fallon April 29, 2023 / Audaciously Humble / Mussché April 28, 2023 / Open My Eyes / Mussché April 27, 2023 / Relating and Building Connections / Mussché April 26, 2023 / Holy Convergence / Mussché April 25, 2023 / God’s Lion / Mussché April 24, 2023 / Simple Gifts / Mussché April 23, 2023 / Glancing Graces / Mussché April 22, 2023 / It Is I, Do Not Be Afraid / DeLisle April 21, 2023 / God Within and Among Us / DeLisle April 20, 2023 / Presence in Abundance / DeLisle April 19, 2023 / What Spirit is at Work Among Us? / DeLisle April 18, 2023 / One In Heart and Mind / DeLisle April 17, 2023 / Seek What Is Above / DeLisle April 16, 2023 / Blessed Are They / DeLisle April 15, 2023 / Proclaim the Good News! / Helmlinger April 14, 2023 / Cast Your Net! / Helmlinger April 13, 2023 / Let Us Witness! / Helmlinger April 12, 2023 / Walk to Emmaus / Helmlinger April 11, 2023 / Faithful Mary Magdalene / Helmlinger April 10, 2023 / Wonder and Awe of Easter / Helmlinger April 9, 2023 / Easter Sunday: He Is Risen! / Helmlinger April 8, 2023 / My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts: Holy Saturday / Helmlinger April 7, 2023 / By His Stripes We Were Healed / Robinson April 6, 2023 / Wash One Another’s Feet / Robinson April 5, 2023 / The Lord God is My Help / Robinson April 4, 2023 / Through the Lens of Mary / Jordan April 3, 2023 / I, the Lord, Have Called You/ Hilliard April 2, 2023 / The Lord is My Help: Palm Sunday / Hilliard April 1, 2023 / I Shall Be Their God and They Shall Be My People / Hilliard
  • May 2023
    May 31, 2023 / Blessed Encounter / Fallon May 30, 2023 / God's Delight / Fallon May 29, 2023 / Mary, Mother of the Church / Fallon May 28, 2023 / All Were Filled with the Holy Spirit / Fallon May 27, 2023 / You Follow Me / DeLisle May 26, 2023 / Do You Love Me? / DeLisle May 25, 2023 / That the World May Believe / DeLisle May 24, 2023 / Truth, Joy, and the World / Gray May 23, 2023 / What is Glory? / Gray May 22, 2023 / The Last Supper Discourses / Gray May 21, 2023 / Solemnity of the Ascension (Observed) / Gray May 20, 2023 / Angelic and Human Partners with God / Hilliard May 19, 2023 / God is King of All / Hilliard May 18, 2023 / I Am With You Always (Ascension Thursday) / Hilliard May 17, 2023 / Heaven and Earth Are Full of Your Glory / Hilliard May 16, 2023 / Your Kindness, O Lord, Endures Forever / Hilliard May 15, 2023 / The Lord Opened Her Heart / Hilliard May 14, 2023 / What is the Reason for Your Hope? / Hilliard May 13, 2023 / Let Us Cry Out to God with Joy! / Helmlinger May 12, 2023 / Love One Another / Helmlinger May 11, 2023 / The Father's Love / Helmlinger May 10, 2023 / The Vineyard / Helmlinger May 9, 2023 / Perseverance / Helmlinger May 8, 2023 / Come Holy Spirit! / Helmlinger May 7, 2023 / Spiritual Home / Helmlinger May 6, 2023 / Doing the Works of Jesus / DeLisle May 5, 2023 / Good News, Indeed! / DeLisle May 4, 2023 / Who is the Lord, God of Hosts? / Hilliard May 3, 2023 / Feasts of Saints Philip and James / Fallon May 2, 2023 / The Shepherd's Voice / Fallon May 1, 2023 / Saint Joseph the Builder / Fallon
  • September 2023
    9/30/2023 / Right Around the Next Corner / Mussché 9/29/2023 / On the Edge of Eternity / Mussché 9/28/2023 / Continuing the Adventure / Mussché 9/27/2023 / More Adventures with God / Mussché 9/26/2023 / To Walk in Beauty / Mussché 9/25/2023 / Let Your Light Shine / Mussché 9/24/2023 / Single-Hearted Generosity / Mussché 9/23/2023 / The Soil of My Soul / DeLisle 9/22/2023 / From My Resources / DeLisle 9/21/2023 / The Aim of Your Vocation / DeLisle 9/20/2023 / Self-Gift / DeLisle 9/19/2023 / Journey Toward Integrity / DeLisle 9/18/2023 / Pray for Everyone, Always / DeLisle 9/17/2023 / The Mandate of Forgiveness / DeLisle 9/16/2023 / Foundation in the Lord / Helmlinger 9/15/2023 / Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows / Helmlinger 9/14/2023 / Self-Emptying and Humility / Helmlinger 9/13/2023 / Blessed Are We / Helmlinger 9/12/2023 / Faithful in Prayer / Helmlinger 9/11/2023 / St. Paul's Passion / Helmlinger 9/10/2023 / God of Infinite Love / Helmlinger 9/9/2023 / God Is My Helper / Hilliard 9/8/2023 / He Shall Be Peace / Hilliard 9/7/2023 / Prayer for Constant Growth / Hilliard 9/6/2023 / A Day in Capernaum, Part II / Fallon 9/5/2023 / A Day in Capernaum / Fallon 9/4/2023 / The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me / Fallon 9/3/2023 / The Prophet's Lament & the Redeemer's Gift / Fallon 9/2/2023 / Revelations / Mussché 9/1/2023 / Everyday Miracles / Mussché
  • July 2023
    7/31/2023 / Ignatius of Loyola: An Unlikely Saint / Fallon 7/30/2023 / An Understanding Heart / Fallon 7/29/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Sacred Underpinnings / Mussché 7/28/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Amazing Grace / Mussché 7/27/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Being There II / Mussché 7/26/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Being There / Mussché 7/25/2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Return Again / Mussché 7/24/2023 / On the SeventhDay / Mussché 7/23/2023 / Extravagant Beyond All Measure / Mussché 7/22/2023 / My Soul is Thirsting for You, O Lord My God / Hilliard 7/21/2023 / Celebrating Belonging to the Lord / Hilliard 7/20/2023 / I Am Who Am: My Name Forever / Hilliard 7/19/2023 / I Will Be With You / Hilliard 7/18/2023 / Turn to the Lord in Your Need / Hilliard 7/17/2023 / Our Help is in the Name of the Lord 7/16/2023 / "The Seed That Falls on Good Ground Will Yield a Fruitful Harvest" - Hilliard 7/15/2023 / Love and Light! / Helmlinger 7/14/2023 / Listen and Respond! / Helmlinger 7/13/2023 / Reliance and Generosity / Helmlinger 7/12/2023 / The Design of His Heart / Helmlinger 7/11/2023 / Harvest Awaits Us / Helmlinger 7/10/2023 / Do We Have Faith to Touch the Cloak? / Helmlinger 7/9/2023 / Come to the Lord / Helmlinger 7/8/2023 / Blessed Discernment / DeLisle 7/7/2023 / Blessed in Every Way / DeLisle 7/6/2023 / Sacrificial Love/ DeLisle 7/5/2023 / God is Never Finished With Us / DeLisle 7/4/2023 / A Reflection on Freedom / DeLisle 7/3/2023 / Finding Jesus in the Ordinary / DeLisle 7/2/2023 / Warm-Hearted Hospitality / DeLisle 7/1/2023 / My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord / Hilliard
  • October 2023
    October 31, 2023 / Egregious / Mussché October 30, 2023 / Simple Gifts / Mussché October 29, 2023 / The Whole Law / Mussché October 28, 2023 / Warm-Hearted Love for God and Neighbor Without Distinction / DeLisle October 27, 2023 / Fidelity of a Contemplative Heart / DeLisle October 26, 2023 / Humble Zeal / DeLisle October 25, 2023 / All-Permeating Love of God / DeLisle October 24, 2023 / Self-Emptying Love / DeLisle October 23, 2023 / Inclusive Love / DeLisle October 22, 2023 / The Community of the Great Love of God / DeLisle October 21, 2023 / God's Faithful Word to Abraham / Hilliard October 20, 2023 / Significance of Abraham's Faith / Hilliard October 19, 2023 / Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs / Hilliard October 18, 2023 / Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist / Hilliard October 17, 2023 / Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr / Hilliard October 16, 2023 / The Sign of Jonah / Hilliard October 15, 2023 / The Lord of Hosts Will Provide for All Peoples / Hilliard October 14, 2023 / Return to the Holy Mountain / Robinson October 13, 2023 / Holy Power, Holy Love / Robinson October 12, 2023 / To Stand in the Healing Rays of God's Justice / Robinson October 11, 2023 / Lord, Teach Us to Pray / Gray October 10, 2023 / What is the Better Part? / Gray October 9, 2023 / The Good Samaritan / Gray October 8, 2023 / Think About These Things / Gray October 7, 2023 / Eyes to See; Ears to Hear! / Helmlinger October 6, 2023 / Woe to You! / Helmlinger October 5, 2023 / Abundant Harvest / Helmlinger October 4, 2023 / Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi / Helmlinger October 3, 2023 / Holiness Amidst the Mountains / Helmlinger October 2, 2023 / Memorial of the Guardian Angels / Helmlinger October 1, 2023 / Words and Actions / Helmlinger
  • November 2023
    November 30, 2023 / Feast of St. Andrew: First-Century Apostle / Hilliard November 29, 2023 / Consoling and Strengthening Advice / Hilliard November 28, 2023 / Give Glory and Praise to the God Who Saves! / Hilliard November 27, 2023 / Treasures / Hilliard November 26, 2023 / About the Least and Choices Made / Hilliard November 25, 2023 / God of the Living / DeLisle November 24, 2023 / In My House / DeLisle November 23, 2023 / Thanksgiving Day / DeLisle November 22, 2023 / Chosen One / DeLisle November 21, 2023 / Dedicated to God / DeLisle November 20, 2023 / Remove My Blindness / DeLisle November 19, 2023 / Entrusted Gift and Accountability / DeLisle November 18, 2023 / Jesus Teaches in Parables / Robinson November 17, 2023 / Recognizing the Infinite in Our Finite Existence / Robinson November 16, 2023 / The Image of God's Goodness / Robinson November 15, 2023 / Where Are the Other Nine? / Fallon November 14, 2023 / Holy Wisdom's Promise / Fallon November 13, 2023 / Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini / Fallon November 12, 2023 / Seeking Holy Wisdom / Fallon November 11, 2023 / God's Splendor as Autumn Dawns / Helmlinger November 10, 2023 / Mighty is Our God! / Helmlinger November 9, 2023 / Discovering the Underneath / Helmlinger November 8, 2023 / Trust in God / Helmlinger November 7, 2023 / Understanding Ourselves / Helmlinger November 6, 2023 / Awesome Beauty of God / Helmlinger November 5, 2023 / Living the Word! / Helmlinger November 4, 2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Constant Star / Mussché November 3, 2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: Intersections / Mussché November 2, 2023 / A Pilgrim's Dispatch: The Blessing of Mystery / Mussché November 1, 2023 / Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In / Mussché
  • February 2023
    February 28, 2023 / My Word Goes Forth: A Montage / Fallon February 27, 2023 / Be Holy / Fallon February 26, 2023 / Renew a Steadfast Spirit Within Me / Hilliard February 25, 2023 / Remove From Your Midst Oppression / Hilliard February 24, 2023 / About Fasting / Hilliard February 23, 2023 / A Tree Planted Near Running Water / Hilliard February 22, 2023 / A Season for Humility: Ash Wednesday / DeLisle February 21, 2023 / In All Humility / DeLisle February 20, 2023 / Only Through Prayer / DeLisle February 19, 2023 / Love That Stretches the Soul / DeLisle February 18, 2023 / Faith is the Evidence of Things Not Seen / Robinson February 17, 2023 / The Tower of Babel / Robinson February 16, 2023 / Who Do You Say that I Am? / Robinson February 15, 2023 / Healing the Blind in Bethesda / Fallon February 14, 2023 / A Dwelling Place for God / Fallon February 13, 2023 / Seeking a Sign / Fallon February 12, 2023 / God’s Gift of Wisdom / Fallon February 11, 2023 / Unforgotten Deeds of Hope: Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes / Mussché February 10, 2023 / Hineni / Mussché February 9, 2023 / The Choice / Mussché February 8, 2023 / Arizona Dreaming – Part II / Mussché February 7, 2023 / Arizona Dreaming – Part I / Mussché February 6, 2023 / Te Deum / Mussché February 5, 2023 / Be the Light / Mussché February 4, 2023 / Restful Waters / Helmlinger February 3, 2023 / My Light / Helmlinger February 2, 2023 / Winter’s Embrace / Helmlinger February 1, 2023 / Winter Dawns / Helmlinger
  • January 2023
    January 31, 2023 / Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on Jesus / Robinson January 30, 2023 / Announce to Them All that the Lord Has Done for You / Robinson January 29, 2023 / Blessed Are They Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness / Robinson January 28, 2023 / Commanding the Raging Sea: Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas / DeLisle January 27, 2023 / Learning to Embrace Suffering / DeLisle January 26, 2023 / Stir into Flame: Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus / DeLisle January 25, 2023 / Chosen by God: Conversion of Saint Paul / DeLisle January 24, 2023 / Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales: Bishop and Doctor of the Church / DeLisle January 23, 2023 / A Divided Kingdom / DeLisle January 22, 2023 / The Inner Kingdom / DeLisle January 21, 2023 / A New Melchizedek / Robinson January 20, 2023 / I Will Write My Laws Upon Their Hearts / Robinson January 19, 2023 / God’s Essential Character of Loving Mercy: Reflection on Hebrews 7:25-8:6 / Jordan January 18, 2023 / Jesus’ Passion for Wholeness / Fallon January 17, 2023 / St. Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians / Fallon January 16, 2023 / Why Aren’t Your Disciples Fasting? / Fallon January 15, 2023 / I Come to Do Your Will / Fallon January 14, 2023 / The Law of the Lord is Living and Effective / Hilliard January 13, 2023 / Do Not Forget the Works of the Lord / Hilliard January 12, 2023 / Listen to God’s Voice / Hilliard January 11, 2023 / The Lord’s Promise is Effective / Hilliard January 10, 2023 / The Task of Humanity: Appreciate and Support Creation / Hilliard January 9, 2023 / Bringing Forth Justice: The Baptism of the Lord / Hilliard January 8, 2023 / An Experience of Hospitality: The Epiphany of the Lord / Hilliard January 7, 2023 / Blissful Memory / Mussché January 6, 2023 / All Are Welcome / Mussché January 5, 2023 / Man with a Mission / Mussché January 4, 2023 / Guided by the Heart / Mussché January 3, 2023 / Reflecting on Prayer / Mussché January 2, 2023 / Are We There Yet? / Mussché January 1, 2023 / Holy Mary, Mother of God / Mussché
  • August 2023
    8/31/2023 / Divine Resounding / Mussché 8/30/2023 / A Potent Wizard / Mussché 8/29/2023 / Awareness / Mussché 8/28/2023 / An Invitation / Mussché 8/27/2023 / Light of the World / Mussché 8/26/2023 / In All Humility / DeLisle 8/25/2023 / God's Great and Personal Love / DeLisle 8/24/2023 / Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle / DeLisle 8/23/2023 / The Living Word / DeLisle 8/22/2023 / For God All Things Are Possible / DeLisle 8/21/2023 / Treasure in Heaven / DeLisle 8/20/2023 / God's Gifts / DeLisle 8/19/2023 / Fear the Lord and Serve Him Completely and Sincerely/ Hilliard 8/18/2023 / Mercy Endures Forever / Hilliard 8/17/2023 / The Ark of the Convenant of the Lord of the Whole Earth Will Precede You / Hilliard 8/16/2023 / For Thirty Days the Children of Israel Wept for Moses / Hilliard 8/15/2023 / Blessed Are Those Who Hear the Word of God and Observe It / Hilliard 8/14/2023 / What Does the Lord, Your God, Ask of You? Hilliard 8/13/2023 / The Lord Passing By / Hilliard 8/12/2023 / Mustard Seed / Helmlinger 8/11/2023 / Take Up Your Cross / Helmlinger 8/10/2023 / Grains of Wheat / Helmlinger 8/9/2023 /Healing and Faith / Helmlinger 8/8/2023 / Walking on Water / Helmlinger 8/7/2023 / Loaves and Fishes: Transformation / Helmlinger 8/6/2023 / Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord / Helmlinger 8/5/2023 / The Kingdom of Freedom / Robinson 8/4/2023 / The Mystical Cycles of Seven in Jewish Religious Practice / Robinson 8/3/2023 / Intimacy in the Love of God / Robinson 8/2/2023 / The Radiance of Mercy and Justice / Robinson 8/1/2023 / Unending Growth in the Knowledge of God / Robinson
  • December 2023
    December 31, 2023 / Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph / Hilliard December 30, 2023 / Graced Encounter / DeLisle December 29, 2023 / My Eyes Have Seen / DeLisle December 28, 2023 / The Choice is Mine! / DeLisle December 27, 2023 / It's All About Love / DeLisle December 26, 2023 / The Cost of Discipleship / DeLisle December 25, 2023 / Christmas Blessings / DeLisle December 24, 2023 / Overshadowed by God / DeLisle December 23, 2023 / Make Room in Your Soul / Inocencio December 22, 2023 / Ring Out, My Soul! / Inocencio December 21, 2023 / Springtime of the Soul / Inocencio December 20, 2023 / Angel Gabriel's Annunciation to Mary / Fallon December 19, 2023 / Angel Gabriel's Annunciation to Zecharian / Fallon December 18, 2023 / Angel Gabriel's Annunciation to Joseph / Fallon December 17, 2023 / Who Are You? / Fallon December 16, 2023 / Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee / Mussché December 15, 2023 / A Loving Bouquet / Mussché December 14, 2023 / Kindled in Love / Mussché December 13, 2023 / Don't Let the Lights Go Out / Mussché December 12, 2023 / Our Lady of Guadalupe / Ramirez-Machado December 11, 2023 / Simple Wonders / Mussché December 10, 2023 / Make Straight a Highway / Mussché December 9, 2023 / The Lost Sheep / Helmlinger December 8, 2023 / Awe of the Blessed Mother / Helmlinger December 7, 2023 / House of Faith / Helmlinger December 6, 2023 / Grace of Advent / Helmlinger December 5, 2023 / A Shoot Shall Sprout! / Helmlinger December 4, 2023 / Rejoicing! / Helmlinger December 3, 2023 / Prepare for the Coming of Jesus! / Helmlinger December 2, 2023 / About History's Final Chapter / Hilliard December 1, 2023 / What Daniel Saw in the Night / Hilliard
  • March 2023
    March 31, 2023 / The Cost of Discipleship / DeLisle March 30, 2023 / Hearing God’s Voice / DeLisle March 29, 2023 / Do I Stand with Jesus? / DeLisle March 28, 2023 / Lifted Up / DeLisle March 27, 2023 / To Err on the Side of Mercy / DeLisle March 26, 2023 / The Power of Unbinding / DeLisle March 25, 2023 / Name Him Emmanuel: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord / Hilliard March 24, 2023 / The Lord is Close to the Broken-Hearted / Hilliard March 23, 2023 / Rebellious Spirit and Steadfast Love / Hilliard March 22, 2023 / Jesus, Obedient Son of the Father / Fallon March 21, 2023 / Healing at the Pool of Bethesda / Fallon March 20, 2023 / Joseph and Mary Search for Jesus: The Solemnity of St. Joseph / Fallon March 19, 2023 / The Lord Sees into the Heart / Fallon March 18, 2023 / Humble Mercies / Mussché March 17, 2023 / Put Your Green On / Mussché March 16, 2023 / Resonations / Mussché March 15, 2023 / The Great Shift / Mussché March 14, 2023 / Incredulous / Mussché March 13, 2023 / Oh, My Goodness / Mussché March 12, 2023 / Where the Water’s Runnin’ Free / Mussché March 11, 2023 / The Lord is Kind and Merciful / Helmlinger March 10, 2023 / Cornerstone of Life / Helmlinger March 9, 2023 / Life-Giving Water / Helmlinger March 8, 2023 / Being Kind / Helmlinger March 7, 2023 / Being Humble / Helmlinger March 6, 2023 / Being Merciful / Helmlinger March 5, 2023 / Call to Holiness / Helmlinger March 4, 2023 / That You May Be Children of Your Heavenly Father / Robinson March 3, 2023 / Be Reconciled with Your Brother and Sister / Robinson March 2, 2023 / Ask, Seek, and Knock / Robinson March 1, 2023 / I Will Have Mercy / Robinson
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  • Why do you require that a person be in regular and ongoing spiritual direction for at least two years?
    Spiritual Direction is a contemplative ministry that requires a deep connection with one's own spirituality and openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. To be a spiritual director, it is essential to prioritize personal spiritual practices such as prayer, contemplation, spiritual reading, and regular engagement with a designated spiritual director. This intentional discipline helps foster accountability and enables individuals to receive the daily gifts from God.
  • What does the connection with Loyola Marymount University mean?
    The Art of Spiritual Direction program offered by the faculty at the Center for Spiritual Development is a recognized program of the Center for Religion and Spirituality at LMU. The University awards students with 6 semester hours of continuing education credits for each of the three ASD courses (18 total semester hours for the three-year program). Both institutions will award a Certificate of Completion in the Art of Spiritual Direction. You are required to complete all assignments, both reading and written, attend all classes, and actively participate in discussions, small groups, supervision, practicum, and internship experiences in order to be graded for the assessment in the program. You have access to the Saint Joseph College library; students are welcome to visit the William Hannon Library on the LMU Campus in order to access its collections. Important Note: Obtaining the Certificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction does not automatically qualify you as a spiritual director. It is simply a credential that signifies completion of the program. Whether or not you become a spiritual director ultimately depends on God's calling. The Art of Spiritual Direction Program at the Center for Spiritual Development aims to support individuals in further developing and enhancing their existing skills. These individuals, guided by their deep prayer life, consultation with their own spiritual director, and the intentional companionship they offer to others on their spiritual journey, recognize that they have been called by God for this ministry. The program does not claim to make someone a spiritual director but rather assists them in answering their divine calling.
  • When are classes?
    We meet one Saturday per month, and typically the second Saturday unless it conflicts with a major holiday, e.g. Easter.
  • How much work is involved in the program?
    In ASD I and II, the program requires you to read one book per month and write a bibliography card or book review for each book. Four specific books are mandatory, while the rest can be chosen from a provided book list. The program is divided into modules, and at the end of each module, you will need to write a reflection paper. By Year Three, you will transition into the role of an "intern" spiritual director, where you will have at least two directees of your own. To support your growth, you will meet with your mentor for monthly supervision. Additionally, you will be expected to write a 15-20 page research paper on a topic of your choice related to spiritual direction. Completing four book reviews and three module reflections is also required. In Years Two and Three, you will participate in mentoring groups as well.
  • Do I need to attend all ten classes each year? What if I am sick or have an emergency?
    Students are required to attend all ten classes each year. Students may be absent from no more than two classes per year and still obtain credit. Failure to meet this requirement will result in an automatic deferment and a need to redo the year in question.
  • Would seeing my close friend, with whom I have deep conversations about God and life, be considered spiritual direction?
    No, this person cannot serve as your friend and spiritual director simultaneously. Blurring these roles would create confusion and mix different responsibilities. A spiritual director should maintain objectivity and provide contemplative listening, while a friend may be personally involved in your life. The role of a spiritual director is professional, with clear ethical boundaries separating the director and the directee.
  • What are “mentoring groups”?
    Starting from the first year of the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in small group meetings. However, in Year 2, you will be assigned to a dedicated mentoring group for the remaining duration of Years Two and Three. These groups typically consist of six students and are led by a faculty member who serves as the mentor. The mentors are often adjunct faculty members who bring their expertise to guide and support the group throughout the program.
  • What are the costs involved?
    Fee: $ 1,400 per year. Payment Schedule for Each Year of the Program: ASD I (Year One) You must send a non-refundable deposit of $150 upon application into the program. After the interview with faculty and acceptance, you will then be required to pay the balance of $1,250. Remaining balance may be paid in two ways: 1. $1,250 balance on the first day of classes, OR 2. Balance paid during the year in September ($350), January ($450) and April ($450) ASD II and ASD III (Year Two and Year Three) Payments can be made in two ways: 1. $1,400 on the first day of classes, OR 2. Balance paid during the year in September ($450), January ($475) and April ($475) People may apply for a scholarship by contacting Lucy Dominguez AFTER you have been accepted into the program.
  • Session Material
    Reflection Questions Stages on the Journey of Life
  • Supplemental Reading
    Midlife Change of Faith Morgan SD - Busy Working Women Pandiani SD Second Half Rolheiser 2 - Spirituality and Second Half Rolheiser 3 - Last Stage Rowen Herzog - View from First Half Second Half of Life - Readings Resources Woods SD - Gen X
  • Pre-read
    Rohr - the Two Half of Life Rohlheiser 1 - Stages Darcy - Come, Follow Me Chittister - Gift of Years Erick's Stages of Development
  • Evocative Responses
    Evocative vs Interpretive Responses in Spiritual Direction, Angela Dean Wisdom Exercise: Situations for Evocative Responses A Contemplative and Evocative Approach to Spiritual Companioning Focus Areas for Evocative Responses Evocative - Interpretive Responses Chart
  • General Resources
    Three Year Schema of Classes 23-24 ASD Handbook 2023.24 ASD I Student Assessment Sheet 2022-2023 Focus and Skills Areas for ASD Afternoon Practicums 2023 SD-External-Validation-Form-2023 STUDY SCHEDULE I II III 2023.2024
  • Afternoon Practicum Resources
    Contemplative Reflection Guidelines Group Process Covenant Closing Liturgy Active Listening Contemplative Responding The Posture of Attentiveness Triad Instructions Counseling Skills for Spiritual Direction
  • Additional Resources
    Contemplative-Reflection Group Spiritual Direction Lectio Group Spiritual Direction
  • General Resources
    Three Year Schema of Classes 23-24 ASD Handbook 2023.24 ASD II Focus and Skills Areas for ASD Afternoon Practicums 2022 ASD II Student Assessment Sheet II 2023-2024 ASD RESOURCES Handout Contemplative Reflection SD External Validation Form 2023 STUDY SCHEDULE I II III 2023.2024
  • Evocative Responses
    Evocative vs Interpretive Responses in Spiritual Direction, Angela Dean Wisdom Exercise: Situations for Evocative Responses A Contemplative and Evocative Approach to Spiritual Companioning Focus Areas for Evocative Responses Evocative - Interpretive Responses Chart
  • Evocative vs. Interpretive Questions
    Evocative vs Interpretive Responses in Spiritual Direction, Angela Dean Wisdom Exercise: Situations for Evocative Responses A Contemplative and Evocative Approach to Spiritual Companioning Focus Areas for Evocative Responses Evocative - Interpretive Responses Chart
  • General Resources
    Three Year Schema of Classes 23-24 ASD Handbook 2023.24 ASD III Focus and Skills Areas for ASD Afternoon Practicums 2023 ASD III Student Assessment 2023.2024 ASD-RESOURCES-Handout SD External Validation Form 2023 STUDY SCHEDULE I II III 2023.2024
  • Writing Resources
    A Writers Prayer Tips on Writing a Research Paper 2022
  • Supervision
    A Intern Release Form (.DOC) A Intern Release Form (PDF) APPROVED-SUPERVISORS (.DOC) APPROVED-SUPERVISORS (PDF) ASD Session Video B Supervision Permission (.DOC) B Supervision Permission (PDF) C 2 Option A - Contemplative_Reflection_Form_Rev _8.01.23 (.DOC) C 2 Option A - Contemplative_Reflection_Form_Rev _8.01.23 (PDF) C 2 Option B. CONTEMPLATING THE SACRED NARRATIVE revised 8.01.23 (.DOC) C 2 Option B. CONTEMPLATING THE SACRED NARRATIVE revised 8.01.23 (PDF) C1-Verbatim_revised_August_1_2023.Tradional-Verbatim (.DOC) C1-Verbatim_revised_August_1_2023.Tradional-Verbatim (PDF) Checklist-Supervision (.DOC) Checklist-Supervision (PDF) D SUPERVISION EVALUATION PACKET (.DOC) D SUPERVISION EVALUATION PACKET (PDF) Peer-Supervision Group Process 2021 Supervision Packet 2023 Wondering What to Bring to Supervision (.DOC) Wondering What to Bring to Supervision (PDF)
  • Afternoon Process
    Contemplative Reflection Group Spiritual Direction Lectio Group Spiritual Direction
  • Pre-Session Material
    Sometimes Start-Close-In Pre-Session Reflection Questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdj5piql6sg&t=144s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WxtNhP1AcY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcGhGT83lxo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzFpqjFNldU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfpKU9D_0No
  • Mentor Assignments
    2024 Students and Mentor Assignments 2025 Students and Mentor Assignments Mentor Schedule Room Assignments
  • Other Resources:
    Resources on Grief and Loss How to Become an Effective Mentor Group Spiritual Direction Process Group Spiritual Direction - Lectio Guidelines for Faith-Sharing Group Faith Sharing Guidelines Faith Sharing
  • Student Assessment Sheet
    ASD I Student Assessment Sheet (Word Format) ASD I Student Assessment Sheet (PDF Format) ASD II Student Assessment Sheet (Word Format) ASD II Student Assessment Sheet (PDF) ASD III Student Assessment Sheet (Word Format) ASD III Student Assessment Sheet (PDF)
  • Articles
    The Posture of Attentiveness Movements in a Spiritual Direction Session
  • Supervision Resources
    Supervision Check List Approved Supervisors Wondering What to Bring to Supervision ASD Peer Supervision - Group Process Models of Supervision - Lucy Abbot - Tucker
  • Research Papers
    ASD Research Paper Collection 2005-2019 (sorted by themes)
  • Portal Instructions
    Portal Instructions
  • General Resources
    Three Year Schema of Classes 2023-2024 ASD Handbook 2023-24 Contemplative Reflection ASD I Focus and Skills areas for Afternoon ASD II Focus and Skills areas for Afternoon ASD III Focus and Skills areas for Afternoon External Validation Form Study Schedule I, II, III
  • Resources
    Video: The Practice of Discernment Part 2: Process America Magazine Shadows in Prayer Focusing as you Journal with an Issue or Experience Living from a Discerning Heart (revised 2023) Praise Examen The Difference Between Consolation and Feeling Good Voices Calling

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