Program Curriculum, Dates, Application

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 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

The two intensives take place at the beginning and end of the program, and are held at retreat centers along the Front Range. Each Intensive Session  is 7 days long (6 nights). Each intensive includes 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 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


NEXT COHORT: 2019-2020, beginning in May 2019       

Application Deadline:    March 31, 2019
Initial Webinar:               May 15, 2019
Intensive Session 1:      June14 - 20, 2019
Monthly Webinars:         Dates determined at Intensive 1
Study Groups:                Dates determined at Intensive 1
Monthly Supervision:    Dates determined with Supervisor
Intensive Session 2:      August 7 - 13, 2020



Application Fee:  $50.00, nonrefundable.

Tuition:  $1200.00 for the entire program.*

Books:  Costs vary, but a book loaner program is available.

Room and Board:

  • Intensive 1 (7 days, 6 nights):  $800.00
  • Intensive 2 (7 days, 6 nights):  $800.00

* Tuition may be paid in three installments of $400.00 each. A payment schedule will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Following our commitment to serve, we will negotiate tuition according to financial need. If you feel called to be a spiritual director but do not have the financial resources for tuition and room and board, contact our office to inquire about available financial assistance.



Application deadline for the 2019-20 program is March 31, 2019. 

Download application packet.

The application process for this program includes completion of the following steps. The application packet includes application and reference forms.

  • Complete the application form.
  • Provide two references - A reference letter with instructions and a reference form is provided in the application packet. The references should be returned directly to our office by mail or by fax.
  • Reference 1 - an individual who has known you at least two years (not a family member). This person should be someone able to answer the questions on the reference forms.
  • Reference 2 - a pastor, ecclesiastical superior, or lay minister in a position of authority in your church/congregation.
  • Participate in an interview with the program director, coordinator, and faculty (in some cases this may be done by telephone or web conferencing).
  • Submit application fee ($50.00, non-refundable).
  • Send all application materials to:

Vie Thorgren, Formation Program Director
Center for Spirituality at Work
P.O. Box 102168
Denver, CO 80250-2168

Acceptance to the program implies a commitment from the participant to both intensives, the supervised internship and the study program with webinars. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they arrive and you will be contacted for an interview. All interviews will be completed by April 20, 2019.

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