ELIZABETH POILIEVRE, FCJ
“Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny. . . . we are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity.” Thomas Merton.
As a Faithful Companion of Jesus I experience God’s deep, abiding presence calling, guiding, challenging me to discover more and more who I am in God. I believe we are co-creators with God, not only in what we do, but also in who we become. In spiritual direction I listen deeply and compassionately to gently explore prayer and the experiences that make up a person’s daily life, and/or the things that are hidden deep within. When these are brought to light it is possible for a person to live more fully into the truth of his/her identity before God. After many years in education I am now engaged in spiritual direction in a more full-time capacity. My formation in spiritual direction and retreat ministry is from Loyola House, Guelph, ON in 1997, and a MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, NE in 2006. I have also participated in the Returning to Spirit program which was developed to help people heal from residential school issues. I have seen how sharing the sacred ground of one’s story with another person in the presence of the Divine enables people to live into greater fullness of the person they can become.