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Vincentian Spiritual Directors Formation Program

by | Dec 13, 2013 | Vincentian Family

csw-thorgrin Are you actively engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction as well as service of those who are marginalized? Are you looking for further training rooted in the Vincentian tradition?

All Hallows College, Ireland in collaboration with The Vincentian Center for Spirituality and Work, Colorado, USA is offering a year-long webinar-based program both in Dublin, Ireland and Denver, USA.

The program is supported by: the Vincentian Fathers, the Daughters of Charity, and the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

The Denver dates for the Intensives are: 30 May – 14 June 2014 and 10-16 July 2015.

Brochure 2014-15 (pdf) Vincentian Spiritual Directors Formation Program in All Hallows offers the following information:

Vincentian Formation Program for beginning and experienced Spiritual Directors

A fifteen-month program with two required intensives 20 June –5 July 2014 and 4-10 September 2015

In faithfulness to God’s particular concern for people who are poor or abandoned we are committed to providing spiritual direction and retreat opportunities for those who would otherwise not have access to these ministries. Not every spiritual director is called to accompany those who have been marginalized, but the tradition clearly reveals that the charism of spiritual direction is linked to a concern for the most abandoned. We provide an opportunity for participants to explore this reality.

Statement of Purpose

  • We are in a time marked by constant change, where discernment becomes increasingly important and spiritual companionship is a way of recognizing what is enduring.  For these reasons we commit ourselves to the formation of beginning and experienced spiritual directors
  • Content is presented through an adult learning model respectful of the experience of all participants in an environment that understands ‘faculty’ to be facilitators and co-learners.The facilitators are experienced spiritual directors who receive spiritual direction themselves and who are committed to their own growth and development.


The Formation Programme for Spiritual Directors is designed to meet the following needs of the spiritual director:

  • To establish a solid framework for the ministry of spiritual direction based in the tradition
  • To more freely ‘put on the Spirit of Christ’ and to grow in knowledge of the ways of the Spirit
  • To explore the meaning of contemplative action
  • To discover a deeper relationship with persons who are poor and marginalized
  • To discern his/her own call to this ministry
  • To grow in the art of spiritual direction

Programme Cost   Application Fee: €100 non-refundable

Tuition: €1,500 for the entire program. Books are additional. Tuition may be paid in three instalments of €500 each.   A payment schedule will be provided upon acceptance into the programme.

Application Acceptance to the program implies a commitment from the participant to both Intensives as well as the supervised intern- ship programme. Closing date for receipt of applications: 28 February 2014

To receive further information or request an application form contact:

Sr Éibhlís NicUaithuas DC Spiritual Directors Programme Coordinator ALL HALLOWS COLLEGE Dublin 9 Ireland Email: M: +353 87 417 0628 All Hallows College:

Vie Thorgren, Program Director, Center for Spirituality at Work, P.O. Box 102168, Denver, CO 80250-2168 Tel:  303-383-1610 Email:

Vincentian Centre for Spirituality and Work:


First Intensive:            €1,200 20 June-5 July 2014

Second Intensive:       €480 4-10 September 2015

Content – Topics Include

  • Historical development of the ministry of spiritual direction
  • Various approaches to this ministry
  • Basic principles of the spiritual life
  • Methods of Prayer
  • Discernment
  • Use of Scripture
    • Distinctions between counselling and spiritual direction
    • Understanding the human person
    • Human growth and development
    • Reflection on the gift of the poor
    • Spirituality of work
    • Continued growth of the spiritual director
    • The contributions of Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac


The fifteen-month programme consists of: Opening Webinar:     TBD

Session 1: 20 June-5 July 2014

Session 2: 4-10 September 2015

Monthly Webinars   Supervised internship and study programme.

Between intensives participants are required to:  

  • Read six books chosen from the reading list and submit a reflection paper for each book. Reading is processed in the context of a small study group of peers.
  • Be actively involved in a ministry of spiritual direction/retreat direction.
  • Receive monthly supervision in their local setting.
  • Be actively involved in service with people who are poor/marginalized
  • Receive spiritual direction themselves.
  • Prepare for and participate in monthly webinars


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