Program Curriculum and Dates

Program content is presented through an adult learning model respectful of the experience of all participants in an environment that understands faculty to be facilitators and co-learners. The facilitators are experienced spiritual directors who receive spiritual direction themselves and who are committed to their own growth and development.

The Spiritual Direction Formation Program is a 15-month program consisting of:

  1. Initial webinar
  2. Two residential intensives in the Denver, Colorado, USA area
  3. Monthly webinars between intensives
  4. Supervised internship and study program in one's local setting


Our next offering of the Spiritual Direction Formation Program begins in April 2018.

Application Deadline:    Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Initial Webinar:               April 11, 2018
Intensive Session 1:      May 14 - 27, 2018 
Intensive Session 2:      July 12 - 18, 2019 
The two intensives take place at the beginning and end of the program, and are held at retreat centers along the Front Range. Intensive Session 1 is 15 days long and Intensive Session 2 is 6 days. Each intensive includes ample time for study, prayer, reflection, and learning in a small community environment. Participants live in residence during both intensives.

Monthly webinars are held between intensive sessions, and dates will be determined by participants during Intensive Session 1.

Between intensives, participants:

  1. Read six books chosen from the program reading list and submit a reflection paper for each book. Reading is processed in the context of a small study group of peers.
  2. Are actively involved in a ministry of spiritual direction/retreat direction.
  3. Receive monthly supervision in their local setting.
  4. Are actively involved in service with people in poverty / on the margins.
  5. Receive spiritual direction themselves.
  6. Prepare for and participate in monthly webinars.


Topics of study and discussion include:

  • Historical development of the ministry of spiritual direction
  • Various approaches to this ministry
  • Basic principles of the spiritual life
  • Methods of prayer
  • Discernment
  • Use of Scripture
  • Distinctions between counseling and spiritual direction
  • Human growth and development
  • The contributions of Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac
  • Reflection on the gift of the poor
  • Spirituality of work
  • The continued growth of the director


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