Program Information

The program is grounded in Ignatian and Carmelite spirituality, with a Catholic worldview and an emphasis on the vital role of genuine prayer and growth in virtue in the life of holiness.

1st year:  Classes are held on Tuesdays  6:30-9 pm and culminate with a week-long session in June

St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises – 19th annotated version, form the foundation of the program.  Participants will pray through the full set of the Exercises in the first year.

Topics Covered in Class include:

1. Living a spirit filled life, through talks and testimonies from Dr. Ralph Martin, Dave Mangan, Sr. Ann Shields, SGL and Peter Herbeck

2. Discernment of Spirits: as presented by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV on EWTN

3. The role of emotions in the spiritual life

4. Developing and maintaining a prayer life

5. Developing healthy boundaries

6. Saints, stages of the spiritual life, growth in prayer based on EWTN’s presentations of Fulfillment of All Desire by Dr. Ralph Martin

7. Prayer for healing and deliverance/Unbound

8. Images of God

9. Developing listening skills

Guest presentations have included Dr. Ralph Martin, David Mangan, Therese Cirner, Peter Herbeck, Dr. Peter Williamson, Sr. Ann Shields, SGL and John Kazanjian.

June segment for 2019:  June 17-21, 2019, 9am to 5pm


2nd year:  Classes are held 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm and  culminate with a week-long session in June

1.  First semester will focus on learning spiritual direction principles & techniques, including role play

2.  Second semester will focus on a Practicum: candidates direct one person through the 8 themes of prayer found in  “Prayer Companion’s Handbook” by Fr. John Wickham, SJ.

3.  Supervision occurs throughout the practicum

June segment for 2019:  June 17-21, 2019, 9am to 5pm



June Segments:  Topics for the week long sessions alternate yearly between Foundation of Prayer with Dan Burke, and a course in the Theological and Cardinal Virtues with Gerry Rauch.




Program Fees:

Cost for the first year (Sept thru May) is $600.

Cost for first June segment is $400.

Cost for the second year (Sept thru May) is $400.

Cost for first June segment is $400.

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