Certificate in Spiritual Direction



  • A two-year program of 12 credits in core theology and 10 credits in the art and skills of spiritual direction, including an 8-month supervised practicum.
  • Offered by Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary in collaboration with Saint Benedict's Monastery.    Brochure

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  • Specific practices guide the Benedictine way of living, four of which are integrated into the spiritual direction courses for the certificate:
  1. Lectio on Life
    Traditional lectio divina  (prayerful reading of scripture) prepares us to approach our lived experience contemplatively, to listen for our own sacred story as we practice lectio on life.    
  2. Hospitality
    The practice of hospitality opens us to receive God in unexpected ways when we welcome others as Christ.
  3. Stability
    Yielding to God's presence in the givens of life, staying with (stability) rather than escaping our experiences, frees us to be fully alive in the here-and-now.
  4. Conversion of Life
    Accepting that we are called to continual conversion (conversation morum) increases our desire to listen for God's on-going call and to be faithful to the life to which we are called.                


"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