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Franciscan Spirituality Center accepting applications for spiritual director training program

Franciscan Spirituality Center accepting applications for spiritual director training program

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The Franciscan Spirituality Center is accepting applications to its innovative, three-year Spiritual Direction Preparation Program.

The SDPP is designed for those who are older than 30; are drawn to a deeper understanding of spiritual direction; have not had formal training in spiritual direction; are preparing for a ministry of spiritual direction or retreat ministry; and are interested in deepening their spiritual and personal development.

Spiritual directors are compassionate, nonjudgmental listeners who accompany people on their spiritual journey.

Spiritual directors come from all walks of life and do not offer counseling, advice or problem-solving but rather serve as trusted guides to help others discover their inner wisdom, SDPP director Steve Spilde says.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center has trained hundreds of people since launching its Spiritual Direction Preparation Program in 1985.

“The most transformative time at the Franciscan Spirituality Center was my three years spent in spiritual direction training,” said Ken Ford, who graduated from the program in 2013.

The SDPP trains candidates through practical workshops, verbatims, reflections and readings, quarterly meetings and one-on-one supervision. It is taught from the Judeo-Christian tradition but prepares participants to direct others regardless of their faith or religious affiliation. Tuition and fees can be paid in installments, and limited scholarships are available.

More information is available online at or by calling 608-791-5295. Applications will be accepted until June 1, and the first workshop of 2020 is scheduled for Sept. 11-13.


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