Spiritual Direction Course Offerings

The program aims to form Spiritual Directors to serve as guide and companion to others on their journey to holiness. It is designed for Catholics who have a desire to develop a deep 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.

All courses of each of the three sessions are required for those seeking certification in the Spiritual Direction Program. These sessions are presented each June and repeated the following October and January. A student may enter any of the three sessions at the time they are offered, since each session is independent of the other.

All courses are listed with the contact hours (actual hours spent in class).

Note:  Program courses may be changed as the program dictates.

SESSION I:
June 9 – 24, 2017 (Clearwater and Houston) • October 13 – 28, 2017 • January 12 – 27, 2018

#200 & #201
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

Explores the themes of creation, sin and salvation using the Ignatian style of prayer of meditating on Scripture, stories and personal history. The student prays daily, shares in a group setting and journaling is encouraged. A natural outcome of this prayer course is the healing of past hurts, thus preparing the student as an instrument for God’s work.
20 Hours

#203
GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Provides a Scriptural and theoretical background for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and lays a foundation of a person’s prayer life through the action of the Holy Spirit.
10 Hours

#206
PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY OF THE GREAT SAINTS

Presents lively lectures on St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, St. Benedict and St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St. Therese of Lisieux. These saints will be discussed in light of the great streams of spirituality that they represent.
10 Hours

#404
ELEMENTS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AND PRACTICUM

Participants in this course will study the theology of the Church’s call to the laity. They will learn the basics of conducting interviews, interpersonal dynamics, and the use of Scripture in direction. Practice interviews and role playing, are included.
10 Hours

#408
DYNAMICS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

This is a foundational course presenting principles and goals of good Spiritual Direction.  Presentations and practice sessions will focus on the methods and skills involved in the art of Spiritual Direction.
10 Hours

 

SESSION II:
June 8 – 23, 2018 (Clearwater and Houston) • October 12 – 27, 2018 • January 11 – 26, 2019

#207
MARY IN MODERN TIMES

Discusses true devotion to Mary by examining 20th Century Marian apparitions, four Marian dogmas that include the Immaculate Conception and Assumption, the teachings of Vatican II and recent encyclicals.  This is an audio taped series.
10 Hours

#211
EIGHT THEMES FOR PRAYER

Prayer exercises and group sharing based on eight Scriptural themes, i.e., trust in God, discipleship, responding to God’s love.
20 Hours

#351 & #352
HEALING PRAYER – THEORY AND PRACTICE

Designed for individuals who desire both a theoretical knowledge of healing and a practical workshop on how to pray for themselves and others in the context of Spiritual Direction.
10 Hours

#403
SELECTIVE COURSES – AS DETERMINED BY THE DIRECTOR
10 Hours

#405
ELEMENTS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AND PRACTICUM

Practical exercises and discussion on reflective responses and labeling feelings. Self-disclosure, genuineness and compassioning are highlighted as important elements in the Spiritual Direction process.
20 Hours

 

SESSION III: 

June 14 – 29, 2019 (Clearwater and Houston) • October 11 – 26, 2019 • January 10 – 25, 2020

#209
IGNATIAN RULES OF DISCERNMENT

Discernment as both a quality and a process will be presented from spiritual, Scriptural and psychological viewpoints.
10 Hours

#212
LIVING CHRISTIAN VIRTUE

Praying on specific virtues needed in living a Christian life and how they apply to spiritual direction.
20 Hours

#214
CHRISTOLOGY

Explore the central event of our Catholic Christian faith, i.e., the Mystery of Jesus Christ, Who is He and what has He done for me and the world?
10 Hours

#406
ELEMENTS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AND PRACTICUM

Topics of consolation and desolation, dryness, and blocks and obstacles to growth in prayer are presented through lectures and role playing.
20 Hours

#407
SUPERVISED PRACTICUM

Candidate meets with prayer companion once a week over a four month period. Candidate will be supervised and evaluated before certification is granted.
20 Hours