Training to become a Spiritual Director

Called to Spiritual Direction?

Training to become a Spiritual Director

Two nationally recognised, three-year courses held at the London Spirituality Centre are now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Academic Year

Most people who decide to follow a path to becoming spiritual directors have come to discern that calling through their own directed journey.

If you have directees, parishioners or colleagues who demonstrate a calling to become spiritual directors themselves, please mention the courses offered at the London Spirituality Centre. Further information about both courses can also be obtained by following the Download links for each course.

The Ignatian Spirituality Course

The course was conceived in 1981 and has developed with the aim of forming participants in The Art of Spiritual Direction and in giving the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola in their various forms. ISC is offered one weekday per week in term time, 11am – 4pm. Next year’s course begins 30 September. Application deadline is 16 September. The course is offered and administered by the Cenacle Charity at the London Spirituality Centre. For more information visit the course website here.

Encounter – the London Course in Spiritual Direction

Since its inception in 1988, over 300 people have completed the London Course. We are proud that Encounter draws upon this heritage and incorporates the best in contemporary insights, too. Encounter is offered one weekday evening per week in term time, 6 – 9pm. Next year’s course begins 7 October. Application deadline is 4 September.

Assistance with funding

We hope no one is prevented from training through lack of funds. We can offer advice on various potential sources of funding assistance to clergy, members of religious orders and lay people. Please use the email links to the course administrators above to enquire about funding. Early application to either course is strongly advised if funding is to be sought.


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