Spiritual direction has had a long and esteemed history within Christianity. Despite its name, it is not one person telling another what to do. Rather, it is a dialogue through which we discover and discuss with a director the action of God’s Spirit in our life. The director is only a facilitator in the process, or as Thomas Merton aptly says,
“The director is merely ‘God’s usher,’ confirming and validating where God is calling me.”
Mayslake Ministries is a leader in the field of Spiritual Direction, with twenty-five certified spiritual directors on staff, each skilled in a wide variety of areas including: grief, addiction, adoption and infertility, elder issues, military, oncology issues, Women’s and Men’s Spirituality. A suggested donation of $50 is accepted for each session.
Call Dr. Mary Amore at 630-852-9000 to schedule an appointment. All calls are held in the strictest of confidence. Dr. Amore will talk with you to help you find the right spiritual director or counselor for your needs.
Dr. Jill Bates, D. Min. is an experienced presenter in the areas of Women’s Spirituality and Lay Ministry. Jill earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in ecumenical studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation and a Master of Pastoral Studies degree in spirituality from Loyola University. Her goal as a Spiritual director is to companion others on their journey towards a life lived peacefully and abundantly in body, mind, soul and spirit. She believes that we connect with God when we are open and receptive, and Spiritual direction affords us that opportunity. During her career she has been a director of adult faith formation, a Chaplain and a coordinator of hospital Catholic ministries. Jill has worked extensively in ministries for caregivers, women’s retreats and companioning clergy of many denominations on their pastoral journeys.