St. Benedict's Retreat Centre Spiritual Directors
Sr. Marie Baker, OSB, Sr. Catherine Labinowich,
Sr. Mary Rose Hammerling, OSB
direction is a ministry and a relationship in which one
believer accompanies another in the process of growing in
intimacy with God. The focus of a spiritual direction
relationship is the directee's experience of the Holy One in
her/his daily life and prayer. A director helps one to pay
attention to God's personal revelation and to respond to
God. Problems arise in each of our lives; these will
inevitably affect our relationship with God and therefore,
will arise in the spiritual direction sessions. Problem-
solving, however, is not the FOCUS of spiritual direction.
God, in the life of the individual, IS.
Regular meetings with a spiritual director help one to pay
attention to notice God in oneís self, others, events, all
Who Seeks Spiritual Direction ?
Women, men, of all faith traditions are
engaged in spiritual direction or companionship.
Do you find yourself desiring a
deeper relationship with God?
Is your search for God at a crossroad?
Do you want to explore
new ways to pray or has prayer become difficult?
Do you feel the need
for someone to help in discerning the call of God for
Do you desire a
companion on the spiritual journey?
so, you may want to begin.
What Happens During Spiritual Direction
expect a director to listen attentively and with reverence,
to ask reflective questions and to help you notice movements
in your life. Spiritual direction is a sacred time in
which you talk about your relationship with God, self and
others. Since we believe that God communicates through
ordinary human experience, you will be urged to pay
attention to your experience so as to notice Godís nudges,
invitations, challenges and confirmations.
Is There a Fee ?
Benedictís suggests an offering of $30-45/session or the
equivalent of your hourly wage. This can be discussed at the
How Do I Start ?
If you feel
drawn to spiritual direction, call and ask for one of the
available directors. Set up an initial interview to talk
over your desire and mutual expectations. If you are
comfortable with this director, you can begin this journey
of trust and deepening relationship with God and all
Formation & Training in the Christian Practice of
Are you currently engaged in a ministry? Have you had
requests from others to accompany them spiritually? Do you
sense that God may be leading you in this direction? St.
Benedictís offers Shekinah, a 2-year Formation Program in
Spiritual Direction which will assist you to explore this
path and discern the Spiritís invitation. Our new program is
scheduled to begin August 2013.
Click below to download our brochure. After reading it, if
you are interested in receiving an application, call Tanis
or Sister Mary Coswin at 204-339-1705.
printable brochure by clicking here.
For more information, please contact us!