A New Spiritual Director Formation and Professional Certification Program

A New Spiritual Director Formation and Professional Certification Program

Sponsored by Mayslake Ministries

About the Program

This intensive ten-month program provides men and women with the spiritual formation and necessary skills to answer God’s call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction, while earning a professional certificate in Spiritual Direction. 

The program is staffed by a team of practicing Mayslake Ministries Spiritual Directors and affiliates who for decades, have companioned spiritual seekers on their journey to grow closer to God.


Program Contains:

  •  6 Formation Modules   (6 weeks each)
  • 2 Retreats
  • Guided Independent Study
  • Face to Face Formation & Skills Practice time
  • Traditional & Contemporary Catholic resources
  • Mastery of 15 Practice Skills
  • 120+ hours of Skills Practice
  • Affordable Payment Options
  • Professional Certification in   Spiritual Direction earned in 10 months


Module Topics & Schedule

  • Sept. 29-30— Opening Retreat
  • Module #1: Who is Jesus? What does it mean to be human? Oct. 1- Nov. 10
  • Module #2: What would Jesus have me do? Discipleship in the Modern World Nov.12-Dec.22
  • Christmas Break
  • Module #3: Healthy Human Development Jan. 7-Feb. 16
  • Module #4: Healthy Spiritual Development Feb.18-Mar. 30
  • Module #5: The Function of Spiritual Direction: Discernment April 2- May 11
  • Module #6: Living the Christian Life in the Modern World May14-June 22
  • Oral Final Demonstrations June 25-29
  • Sat. July 14, 2018 Final Retreat


Basic Requirements:

Candidates are required to:

  • Be in Spiritual Direction.
  • Attend required overnight retreat
  • Meet with cohort to practice skills on assigned Thursday evenings.
  • Connect with module facilitators throughout sessions.
  • Select a practice directee to journey with throughout the program.
  • Complete all Module assignments by deadlines
  • Schedule & complete a final oral skills demonstration the week of June 25-29, 2018
  • Attend the final retreat & certification ceremony on July 14, 2018


For more information or to apply to this program please contact Program Director, Sheri Abel PhD. at sabel@mayslakeministries.org or 630-852-9000.
Dr. Mary Amore, Executive Director Mayslake Ministries

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