Presence 2020


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 eight weekend learning modules (Friday 1:00 pm to Saturday 4:00 pm) and two 5-day retreats (Monday-Friday) per year within the peaceful and nurturing environment of Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. REGISTRATIONS now being accepted. Apply by: APRIL 30, 2020.

CALLED IN LOVE (Year One: Sept 2020 to June 2021)
Explore your personal 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 pathways to prayer during a five-day, mid-winter guided retreat and reflect on how you are called in love. Discern whether you are sent to serve in the ministry of spiritual direction during a five-day silent directed retreat at year’s end.

SENT TO SERVE (Year Two: Sept 2021 to June 2022)
Learn and develop the skills and competencies associated with Spiritual Direction through modules such as: Ethics of Self-Awareness and Self-Care, Grief and Loss, Mercy and Forgiveness, Addictions and the Twelve Steps, and the Enneagram plus a five-day, mid-winter retreat on discernment and a year-end silent retreat.

Practice the ministry of spiritual direction within a community of learners and through an eight-month, supervised practicum. Personal and group supervision will comprise reflective disciplines for ongoing contemplative practice.

Are you intrigued?  Want to learn more?


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  1. Presence 2020-2022 Overview – admission requirements, program details, dates, and fees
  2. Presence 2020-2022 Application Form – complete and submit by April 30, 2020
  3. Presence 2020-2022 Letter of Reference to provide to three people who are willing to write a letter of recommendation for you.

 Click here to pay $100 Application Fee (Non-refundable)

Graduate Testimonials

Providence Renewal Centre

3005 119 St NW
Edmonton AB T6J 5R5
Transfer Credit available from St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton