Called in Love, Sent to Serve
PRESENCE is two-year, part-time spiritual formation program, in the Christian tradition, which focuses on:
Spiritual Growth & Faith Development
Prayer & Discernment
Spiritual Direction Training
PRESENCE consists of 16 weekend learning modules (usually Friday 1:00 pm to Saturday 4:00 pm) and four 5-day retreats (Monday-Friday) designed to help participants grow in self-knowledge as they explore and are trained for the ministry of spiritual direction.
Being in a spiritual direction relationship for at least a year is a pre-requisite for PRESENCE.
CALLED IN LOVE (Year One)
Year One focuses on deepening one’s personal spiritual life and discerning one’s call to spiritual direction ministry.
- Explore your spiritual history through topics such as My Sacred Story, Foundations of the Spiritual Life, Reflecting Theologically, Being Human, Images of God and the Dark Night of the Soul, Human Sexuality, Sacred Text/Living Word and Honoring Life’s Transitions.
- Experience a five-day, prayer-focused retreat in January and a five-day silent directed retreat in June as you discern the ministry of spiritual direction.
Participants may opt to continue to year two or not.
SENT TO SERVE (Year Two) **Year one is a pre-requisite for year two.
Year Two nurtures the skills required in the ministry of spiritual direction through a supervised practicum, a series of learning modules, group reflection, and retreats.
- Learn and develop the skills and competencies associated with Spiritual Direction through while exploring topics such as: Ethics of Self-Awareness and Self-Care, Grief and Loss, Mercy and Forgiveness, Addictions and the Twelve Steps, and the Enneagram plus participating in a five-day discernment-focused retreat in January and a five-day guided retreat in June.
- Practice the ministry of spiritual direction within a community of learners and through an eight-month, supervised practicum.
Next intake – 2022