How to Apply

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To apply to Heart of Christ you will need to:

  • Apply to Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation
  • Take 2-4 of the required courses for the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program
  • Submit an approval form for the Spiritual Exercises to Heart of Christ (before beginning the Exercises)

Approval form for the Exercises

  • Complete an Application to Heart of Christ and include a picture of yourself
  • Send 2 letters of reference (one from your pastor and one supporting letter, preferably from your spiritual director, if you have one)        
    Note: Letters of reference should be mailed (or emailed) directly to Heart of Christ
  • Include a personal statement expressing your interest in becoming a spiritual director (approximately 100-150 words)
  • Send $25 application fee (non-refundable)
  • An interview will be scheduled when application, picture, fee and letters have been received
  • All materials may be emailed or sent by mail


Pay online or mail check to Heart of Christ PO Box 341, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.