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Spiritual Direction On the Rise

January 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Training and Education

Picture this: A person, young or old, is practicing the faith yet naturally wants to grow in his or her relationship with Jesus and become closer to God. Can the faithful – or should they – turn somewhere for guidance? They can. After all, didn’t Jesus send the disciples out two by two? Saints like Catherine of Siena have said something in our nature necessitates external support for our development. She taught that God designed... Read More

Spiritual Mentorship Training Opportunity

December 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Training and Education

Dear Friends, The following is an announcement for a unique opportunity for spiritual mentorship training this coming year. Please read it and pass it along to anyone you know who might be called to be a spiritual mentor or spiritual director. We are particularly interested in having deacons attend. I plan to be there this year in May. I hope to see you as well. Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program “Encounter leds to mission;... Read More

Spiritual Direction Through the Wind and Waves – Book Recommendation

Though much has been written on the topic of spiritual direction, modern wisdom is hard to come by. I was delighted to stumble upon a more recent treatment of the topic written for spiritual directors. Through Wind and Waves – On Being a Spiritual Guide by Francis Fernández-Carvajal is only the second book to make my list of must-reads for spiritual directors. There is no doubt that Father Fernández-Carvajal has a deep... Read More

Schools for Spiritual Directors: What’s Available that’s Faithful

Schools for Spiritual Directors What’s Available that’s Faithful Dear Dan, I have a two sided question that I would like to ask about schools for spiritual direction. Are there schools that I can call to see if I can find a graduate/director in my area? Secondarily, I think I might be called to provide direction to others. I do recognize the serious nature of this calling (the care of souls) and would like to pursue... Read More

Abp Naumann: Spiritual Direction & Spiritual Direction School

I recently had the opportunity to interview with his Excellency Archbishop Naumann of the archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas for Register Radio on an important work going on in his archdiocese to train spiritual mentors. Because of the time constraints of the show we had to cut it down quite a bit. Below you will find the content of the longer interview. Archbishop Naumann has a deep commitment to the spiritual welfare of those... Read More

How can I become a spiritual director?

August 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Training and Education

Dear Dan, how does one become a spiritual director? Are there any courses or programs or certifications required? I really believe I am supposed to help people in their faith but how can I make sure that I am really called to do something like this? When thinking about spiritual direction my mind is drawn to the incredible responsibility it is to have another soul placed in my care. No one in their right mind would want to have... Read More

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