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Spiritual direction is the loving companionship that assists others on their life journey, helping each person to develop a closer relationship with God by discerning the action of the Holy Spirit in his or her life.

The Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality has established its Spiritual Direction Program in response to Christ’s call to personal holiness and the Church’s need for well-trained spiritual directors to assist God’s people on their spiritual journey. As a recognized institution of God’s vineyard approved by the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida and in association with the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, this program is designed to form and train candidates over a two year period through prayer, teachings, and supervision. The program exposes the student to the spiritual heritage of the Church and highlights the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The program aims to form Spiritual Companions to serve others on their journey to holiness.  It is designed for Catholics who have a desire to develop and deepen their prayer and sacramental life, a desire to increase their knowledge of the Catholic faith, a desire to grow in the virtues, and a desire to help others do the same.

“Every Christian should experience the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and Christian Communities should become authentic schools of prayer.”

Students pray daily in private and then share of their prayer experiences in small groups. These prayer times and group sharing are the cornerstone of the entire program. They help in the formation of compassionate listeners and companions. Through these shared prayer experiences and with class demonstrations, role playing and development of listening and responding skills, the student becomes a compassionate and discerning listener.

“Where two or more are gathered in My name, there am I in their midst.”

Catholic candidates must be in good standing with the Church. Members of other denominations are considered for admission. All applicants are subject to stated requirements for admission.

The Spiritual Direction Program consists of three annual sessions which are presented in June and repeated the following October and January. For example, a student entering in June would return the following two Junes in order to complete the required three sessions. The same holds for a student entering either the October or January session.

Applicants please contact Adrienne Novotny to arrange a phone interview. She may be reached by email adrienne.novotny@divineprovidence.org. Include your contact information including email address and phone number in your message.

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