S T. A N T H O N Y S H R I N E
F R A N C I S C A N S P I R I T U A L D I R E C T I O N
C E R T I F I C A T I O N P R O G R A M
2020 – 2022
Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of accompaniment that honors the divine light in each person, helping the seeker to further awaken to the mystery called God in his or her unique and sacred journey. The spiritual direction relationship is grounded in contemplative practice and includes deep and attentive listening for movements of the Holy Spirit in relationship with self, others, and creation.
THE FRANCISCAN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Our two-year program is inspired by our passion for the ministry of spiritual direction. Participants are guided by an experienced team who will welcome them as colleagues to create an atmosphere of mutual ministry and learning. Emphasis is placed upon the role of the spiritual director as companion rather than leader in helping others to recognize and follow the movements of grace in their lives.
We explore in depth our core topics, which include Self Knowledge, Contemplative Attitude, Practices of Prayer and Silence, Listening and Speaking Skills, Psychological Knowledge, Discernment, Intimacy, Social Justice, Historical and Biblical Contexts, and Freedom.
We welcome all with personal experience that includes a practice of daily prayer and at least three to five years experience of being in spiritual direction. Candidates are required to submit a completed application and two letters of recommendation, and to attend a personal interview.
Ideal candidates bring life experience that reflects a deep grounding in their relationship with God, have received affirmation of this call from others in their community, and desire an experiential and academic program in a contemporary Christian context while being open to learning from other faith traditions and practices.
Requirements for graduation include; monthly spiritual direction, attendance and participation in all classes and small groups, required reading and reflection papers, class presentations, monthly meetings with two directees and an individual supervisor beginning the interim summer through graduation, and attendance at two weekend retreats. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon completion of these requirements.
Classes may need to be held online if the Shrine is still not open in September.
Saturdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
September 19, October 17, November 21, December 12
2021 January 16, February 20, March 13, April 17,
May 15 Graduation for Class of 2021
Retreat March 19-21, 2021 September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18,
2022 January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23,
May 21 Graduation for Class of 2022
Retreat Date TBA
TUITION AND FEES
$50 one-time non-refundable registration fee
$850 per semester, which includes a weekend retreat
Books generally cost less than $75 each semester
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE AUGUST 15, 2020
For application or further information, please contact:
Carol Mitchell, Program Director
Franciscan Spiritual Direction Certification Program
100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02215
The Shrine is located in Downtown Crossing, accessible from the T with stops at Park Street and Downtown Crossing. Nearby parking garages offer reasonable Saturday rates.
Here’s What Our Graduates Have Said About Us
“The teachers in the program helped us to gain the skills we needed, and the
content was rich. The greatest gift I received, however, was the result of the
sharing of teachers and students towards a deeper and more intimate relationship with God.” Jim Morris
“Enlightening” John Barrett
“It has been a life-changing journey.” Cynthia Tokos
“This training has nurtured my call to the ministry of spiritual direction. I am excited to accompany others on their spiritual journey.” Alice Poltorick
“The Spiritual Direction training program at the Shrine has exceeded my already high expectations. I have felt God’s Presence more deeply, grown in knowledge and skills, and found real joy with my classmates in this ministry.” Mary Iannuzzi
Carol Mitchell Ph.D. Program Director ~ Since 1994, I have accompanied people in spiritual direction, led weekend retreats and days of prayer and worked on directed retreats, including the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. My first career was as a clinical psychologist where I focused on trauma and abuse issues as well as helping to train long term prisoners to become addiction treatment counselors. I am married with three grown children and five grandchildren, two of whom live across the hall from me.
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 offering spiritual direction and directed retreats, I have worked as a maritime and racetrack chaplain and served United Church of Christ churches in Maine. I currently serve and as law enforcement chaplain for the Portland Police Department, Portland, ME.
Lucretia B. Yaghjian, M.Div., Ph.D. ~ I am a graduate of the Franciscan Spiritual Direction Program at St. Anthony Shrine and joined the FSDB 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 embrace writing as a spiritual practice. I offer spiritual direction at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Acton MA, and work with FSDP Year One students at St. Anthony Shrine.
Jocelyn E. Collen, M.Div. ~ I have a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University, a Master of Divinity from Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, and a Post-Masters Certificate in Spiritual Guidance & Spiritual Formation from Boston College. I am currently a Religious Educator at Franciscan Children’s in Brighton, MA. I am passionate about serving those on the margins, including children with special needs, and volunteer as a chaplain in a local prison. I find God in all things, especially the ocean and the mountains.