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 2018.

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
$500 per semester
$275 for two overnight 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, Program Director – She is a married laywoman who has served as a spiritual director for 25 years. She has been privileged to work with a variety of people individually as well as on retreats and during the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Her first career was as a clinical psychologist. She is part of the team teaching in the Shrine’s Spiritual Direction Certification Program. She and her husband have three grown children and five grandchildren, two of whom live across the hall from them. Together she and her husband maintain a blog about this experience.

Br. John Maganzini, OFM -I am a member of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), Holy Name Province.   My ministerial background includes teaching, spiritual direction, counseling, retreat work, workshops, and ministry to women and men in Twelve Step programs.  I certified in spiritual direction at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a spiritual director/companion in the Franciscan Spiritual Companionship Ministry. I serve the Franciscan Spiritual Direction Training Program as an “adjunct” team member and teach two courses to first and second-year candidates. I also serve as a spiritual director/companion and supervisor for candidates presently in the program and for graduates of the program.

Mary Pat White, RSCJ – After serving in Network Schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Missouri and Texas, I served in campus ministry in several Newman Centers at universities in California. After hurricane Katrina, I directed a Service and Immersion Program at Duchesne House for Volunteers in New Orleans. and as vocation director for the United States-Canada Province for six years. I received training as a spiritual director at the Center Point Spiritual Direction Center in Santa Barbara, CA. I currently live and minister in Boston as a member of a community open to Young Adults in the Boston Area, offers spiritual direction and serve on the Core Team of Sophie’s Well: A Center for Sacred Heart Spirituality for the US-Canada Province.

Clara 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 worked with the homeless and as a pastoral visitor following my certification in Pastoral Ministry at Boston College, and played a leadership role in the sacramental and community life at St. Stephen Priory in Dover for sixteen years. I am a widow with four grandchildren, the other delight of my life.

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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]