the Holy: Preparation for the
Two-Year Spiritual Direction Program
St. Paul/Minneapolis,MN/Distance Program
Tending the Holy Graduating Class 2012 St. Paul/Minneapolis/Distance
Photos from graduation retreat....scroll down page
are searching for meaning and purpose
in life. Some are asking questions about a deeper relationship with Christ.
Others are searching for inner peace and are seeking to know God in the
ordinary events of life. Still others want to nurture a deep love of God
so they can be all God wants them to be.
There is a need for people
with spiritual maturity and experience to guide others on this search.
Do people seem naturally drawn to you with their spiritual questions?
You may be called by God to offer this gift more formally.
Christos Center has been preparing Christian women
and men for the ministry of spiritual direction since 1985. Many of these
people are now doing spiritual direction and are leading retreats and
prayer seminars. Others have used the knowledge to enhance their work
as therapist, parish nurses, and clergy. The local class in St. Paul, Minnesota meets two Thursday evenings a month. It is advised that applicants be under the direction of a spiritual director at least one year prior to the beginning of the program.
with the regular Thursday evening course held at Christos Center, this course is also offered
for distance learners: Those
choosing this option receive recordings of the lectures, as well as regular
communication with the Christos staff and other class members. Distance learners must be comfortable using the Internet and e-mail. Thus far forty people
have either graduated or are currently enrolled in the distance learning
program--from the following locations: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Wisconsin, North Dakota, Texas, Iowa, Montana, Arkansas, Arizona, Canada, France, Spain, India, and Singapore.
Tending the Holy has been a soul-searching and soul-enriching journey for me. Reading, reflecting, journaling, writing reports, listening, praying, driving, working full time, and more, have been hard work! Each piece of inner work has been rewarding, I am grateful to have learned from the staff about the process of tending the holy within the dynamics of our group and my process. I sense I'm more trustful of the Holy One and feel I'll be led into dream paths that are before me. You have certainly equipped me well and will continue to provide all of us with the resources we need to continue our faith journey
tend the journey with others. Thank you!
~ 2010 Graduate
The cumulative experience of the year confirmed in me my long growing
sense of discernment of being called to be a spiritual director!
Joyce Finch, Program Coordinator
Christos Center For Spiritual Formation
History and Tradition of Spiritual Direction: Desert
Mothers/Fathers, Spanish Mystics, Effects of the Reformation, Modern Influences.
Prayer: Growing in Intimacy with God: Introduction to Prayer, Prayer Styles, Prayer: Moving Inward, Moving Upward, Moving Outward, Helping Another in Prayer.
Spiritual Direction Relationship: Prayer and Spiritual Direction,
Spiritual Direction and Other Ministries, Relationship Between Director
and Directee, Ethics, Ministry Possibilities.
and Theology: Using Scripture in Spiritual Direction, Theological
Assumptions, Theology and Spiritual Direction.
Discernment: Noticing Interior Movements,
Helping Directees Grow in Discernment, Surrender in Discernment.
and Spiritual Development: Stages of Faith,
Faith Development and Personality, Grief and Loss, Ministry Possibilities.
Bibliography available on request.
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2012 Photos from Graduation Retreat
Some brought Caps and Gowns
2012 TTH Staff
Saying Good Bye
Time to Go
2012 Class on retreat at St. John's Abbey