Year Three:​
Practicum 
 

Students develop and practice the art and skills of spiritual direction.  Their learning is focused on three to four directees, peer supervision, and the exploration of core competencies related to spiritual direction.  Students meet monthly for spiritual direction with a HeartPaths leader, read and discuss books related to the practice of spiritual direction as well as significant articles from the journal Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction.  They also prepare and present a final project to demonstrate their understanding of spiritual direction principles.

 

 

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Year Two:
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
 

Students engage the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius "Retreat in Daily Life", a nine month prayer journey through the life of Christ. Themes of Ignatius relating directly to the ministry of spiritual direction include spiritual freedom, finding God in everything, discernment of spirits, joining Christ's mission in the world, and the spiritual states of consolation and desolation.  

 

Students will perform daily prayer exercises, participate in weekly group meetings, and meet monthly for spiritual direction with a HeartPaths leader.  



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Training Program

 

HeartPaths has been preparing clergy and laity for the ministries of spiritual leadership and spiritual direction since 1982.  Many of our graduates are now serving as spiritual directors and leading retreats and Christian meditation groups.  Others have used their formation and training experience to enhance their work in various ministry settings.

 

Our training program is designed with three phases.  The first year deepens your own spiritual formation and group facilitating skills and leads to the Certificate in Spiritual Leadership.  Those who discern a calling to continue will complete the second year Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius and the third year Practicum in Spiritual Direction.  Completion of all three years leads to the Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Year One:
Spiritual Formation​
 

Students meet weekly in a Christian meditation and prayer group practicing various styles of prayer together.  They also meet monthly for spiritual direction with a HeartPaths leader.  

 

Students read and discuss key books in the field of spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines and prayer.  They also write periodic reflection papers and prepare and present a closing project to demonstrate proficiency in organizing and leading a prayer workshop.



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