Certification Program:

Training to Become a Spiritual Director

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Do you find people coming to you for a listening ear?
Are you already involved in contemplative practices?
Would you like to explore new perspectives on your own
sacred journey, or consider a future as a spiritual director?

Spiritual Direction is a relationship based on trust and confidentiality which encourages our ongoing conversion, helping us to notice God’s self-communication in life, relationships, and prayer. James Keegan, S. J., speaks of “the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment”.

 Our training program will begin in September 2019.

The course will take place on the Third Saturday of the month, with four meetings determining a semester. The program includes the reading of current spiritual direction books and articles, leading prayer, listening to and interacting with guest speakers, practicing spiritual direction skills, doing an internship under the direction of an individual supervisor and peer supervision, presenting oral and written papers, and making a retreat.

Cost of the Program

$50 one-time non-refundable registration fee
$250 deposit upon acceptance
$625 per semester
$275 a year for retreats
$275 for Individual Supervision
$100 or less for books each semester
$100 Graduation fee

St. Anthony Shrine is conveniently located in Downtown Crossing Boston and is easily accessible from the T, with stops at Downtown Crossing and Park Street. There is limited metered street parking. Parking garages nearby are expensive.

Spiritual Direction Certification Team Members

Carol Mitchell, PH.D., Program Director – I trained as a spiritual director 25 years ago and it has been my great privilege and joy to accompany people in spiritual direction. Since that time I have been involved in the training of spiritual directors as well as working on directed retreats. My first career was as a clinical psychologist. I am married with three grown children and five grandchildren.

Jocelyn E. Collen M.div. – I have a Master of Divinity from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and a Post- Masters Certificate in spiritual Guidance & Spiritual Formation from Boston College. I am passionate about serving
those on the margins, and I am a volunteer chaplain in a local prison. I find God in all things, especially the ocean and the mountains. I am currently serving as a Religious Educator at the Kennedy Day School in Brighton, MA.

Lucretia B. Yaghjian, M.Div., Ph.D. – I am a graduate of the Franciscan Spiritual Direction Program at St. Anthony Shrine and joined the FSDP leadership Team in 2018. I trained previously in spiritual direction at Weston Jesuit School of Theology where I received the Master of Divinity degree. As a former college professor with a Ph.D. in English Literature, I taught theological writing for 25 years at Weston Jesuit, Boston College, and Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, and continue to explore connections between writing and spirituality. I offer spiritual direction at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Acton MA, as well as working with FSDP first-year students at St. Anthony Shrine.

Clara Schumann Wood – I have been practicing spiritual direction at St Anthony Shrine for seven years, with a particular interest in realizing the sacred through prayer and storytelling, the creative arts, and attention to the gifts of the natural world. I played a leadership role in the sacramental and community life at St. Stephen Priory in Dover for sixteen years. My five grandchildren are the other delight of my life.

Rev. Nash Garabedian, Jr. M.DIV., D. MIN. – I completed my training for spiritual direction at the Center for Religious Development, Cambridge, MA in 1986. In addition to currently offering spiritual direction and directed retreats, I have worked as a maritime and racetrack chaplain and currently serve and as law enforcement chaplain for the Portland Police Department, Portland, ME.  I am ordained in the United Church of Christ where I served in churches in Maine.

For a downloadable brochure click HERE

For an application or more information about the Spiritual Direction Certification Program, please contact

Carol Mitchell, Program Director
Franciscan Spiritual Direction Certification Program
St. Anthony Shrine
100 Arch Street Boston, Massachusetts 02110
727-492-8315 [email protected]