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Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Our graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction is a program of 12 credits in core theology and 10 credits in the art and skills of spiritual direction, including an 8-month supervised practicum. The 12 credits in core theology can be completed on-line. Credits can also transfer from other institutions. The practicum can be done at your home site, with distance participation in the practicum seminar.

Specific practices guide the Benedictine way of living, four of which are integrated into the spiritual direction courses for the certificate:

  • Lectio on Life  Traditional lectio divina  (prayerful reading of scripture) prepares us to approach our lived experience contemplatively.
  • Hospitality  The practice of hospitality opens us to receive God in unexpected ways when we welcome others as Christ.
  • Stability  Yielding to God's presence in the givens of life, staying with rather than escaping our experiences, frees us to be fully alive in the now.
  • Conversion of Life  Accepting that we are called to continual conversion increases our desire to listen and be faithful to God's call.

Additional Resources:

Paper available for download:

"Buddhist Wisdom for Benedictine Spiritual Direction"
Concepts from Buddhist psychology deepen our understanding of Benedictine practices.

"Listen with the ear of your heart."

Prologue, Rule of Benedict

Icon of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica.

Written by +Sister Mary Charles McGough, OSB @ St. Scholastica Monastery Duluth, MN

Click to flip through this booklet of reflections.

Spiritual Direction Booklet 

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