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Program Information

Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Program is collaborating with Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation to offer training in Spiritual Direction. 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 holiness and virtue.

The program consists of two phases: Phase one with Avila Institute, and Phase two with Heart of Christ. An approved version of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises must also be completed before Phase two.

Avila Institute courses and Heart of Christ weekly meetings will be held online. The Heart of Christ program also includes two one-week June sessions located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Avila Institute

Visit the Avila Institute website to apply for this portion of the program.

Phase 1:  Includes four Avila courses and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius:

  • Intro to Spiritual Direction
  • Foundations in Prayer
  • Discernment of Spirits
  • Breaking the Chains that Bind: Intro to Moral Theology

The four courses can be taken in any order.  Application to the Heart of Christ may be made after completion of two of the courses.

2

Spiritual Exercises

A full version of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises must be completed before beginning with the Heart of Christ Program.  Please contact the Directors to obtain information regarding the specific requirements for the Exercises as soon as you are accepted into the Avila Institute.    

Do not begin the Exercises prior to receiving approval from the Directors of Heart of Christ.

Email:  info@heartofchristspiritualdirection.com

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Heart of Christ


Phase 2:
  Includes onsite classes in June (Friday through Friday) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, weekly online meetings on Thursday evenings via Zoom from September through early May, and onsite classes the following June (Monday through Friday).

 

First June Session:

June training at Heart of Christ in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Friday-Friday).

  • Course on Virtues or Advanced prayer*
  • Listening skill presentations and practice
  • Reflecting techniques
  • Role playing
  • Other related topics


Weekly meetings:

After the first June session, participate in weekly online meetings on Thursdays (Sept-May) focusing on:

  • Spiritual direction principles and techniques
  • Listening skills and role play
  • Training in verbatims
  • Daily prayer with assigned scripture
  • Practicum from January through April: candidates direct one person for 16 weeks through a series of Ignatian prayer themes. Supervision occurs throughout the practicum.  Weekly classes on Thursdays continue during the practicum.


Second June Session:

Return for the following June training at Heart of Christ in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Monday-Friday):

  • Course on Virtues or Advanced prayer*
  • Listening skill presentations and practice
  • Reflecting techniques
  • Role playing
  • Other related topics

June segment for 2024:

1st year students: June 7-14

2nd year students: June 10-14

June segment for 2025:

Ist year students: June 6-13

2nd year students: June 9-13

 

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*June Segments:  Topics for the week long sessions alternate yearly between Prayer and Growth in Holiness and a course in the Theological and Cardinal Virtues.

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