Called in Love, Sent to Serve

PRESENCE: Called in Love, Sent to Serve is a 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.  For 2022-2024, the September modules plus January and June retreats will be held in-person at Providence Renewal Centre. Modules in Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar, Apr, May each year will be via Zoom.

Being in a spiritual direction relationship for at least a year is a pre-requisite for PRESENCE.

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 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.

PRESENCE 2022-2024



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June marked the completion of PRESENCE: Called in Love, Sent to Serve 2020-2022. Congratulations to Ingrid Cramer-Doerschel, Elizabeth Danyluk, Mona-Lee Feehan, Michelle Langlois, Louise Lee, Alberta Pasco, Carmen Routhier and Lee Woolery who completed this two-year program of spiritual growth, faith development, and spiritual direction training. These adaptive participants pivoted with the Leadership Team to on-line learning throughout the pandemic. They met, in-person, for the first time for their final retreat and Celebration of Completion!

Graduate Testimonials

Seeking Academic Credit?

Completion of PRESENCE: Called in Love, Sent to Serve qualifies for academic equivalence credits from St. Stephen’s College and/or Newman Theological College. For more information, contact the institutions directly.

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