Spiritual Direction, sometimes known as spiritual companionship, is an on-going relationship between a spiritual director and a “directee” (person seeking direction) that aims at helping the directee become more aware of God’s presence in their lives and in in their prayer. The role of the director is to listen, question, suggest and support the directee; most importantly, the director functions to facilitate the encounter between the directee and God. Generally, a directee meets monthly with a spiritual director, although there may be times when more frequent sessions are desirable. (You can find a fuller description of what to expect in Spiritual Direction here.)
The Office of Spirituality can assist those seeking spiritual direction in finding qualified spiritual directors at St. Thomas and from the local community.
Group Spiritual Direction
Group spiritual direction (or group spiritual listening) is a process in which people gather together on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all aspects of life. They are seeking support for their responsiveness to God and they agree to support others in that same responsiveness. Members must agree to: commit themselves to an honest relationship with God; to participate wholeheartedly in the group process through prayerful listening and response; and to open their spiritual journeys for consideration by others.
If you are interested in learning more about Group Spiritual Direction or joining a group, please contact our office.