Spiritual Direction Certification Program

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 2017.

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 & Ministry Center 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

Director – Nancy Nichols Kearns – As a retired high school math teacher and school administrator, I am thrilled to be living in Boston and enjoying the nexus of spiritual communities. I am married with 5 children from our blended family and 8 grandchildren. I have been a Spiritual Director at the Shrine for 7 years and a Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Boston as well as auditing courses and attending lectures at Boston College. Centering prayer sustains me and allows me to be grounded in active ministry. Wisdom Schools have deepened this awakening. The Cursillo community, prison ministry at Framingham and 12 Step experience have encouraged me to feel blessed as God works through these encounters.

Clara Wood – I became involved in leadership roles in the sacramental and communal life of St. Stephen Priory in Dover twenty years ago, initiating prayer groups and retreats, and a two-year transformation of a contemplative garden with the help of the community. Love of the natural world and the arts, as expressed in practices of poetry, spiritual writings, and storytelling, have shaped my own life of prayer and ministries of homelessness, pastoral visiting, and spiritual companionship. I am a widow with two children and four grandchildren and a resident of Boston for 38 years.

Carol Mitchell – is a former clinical psychologist who has worked as a spiritual director and retreat leader for more than 20 years. She has been involved in the training of spiritual directors as well as leading both preached and directed retreats. She is trained to give the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. She is married with three grown children and soon to be five grandchildren. She and her husband live in an intentional community run by the Quakers.

(Brother) John Maganzini, OFM – is a member of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), Holy Name Province. I hold both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education, Religious Education, and Religious Studies. I have completed post-Masters studies in adult faith formation, pastoral counseling, and spiritual direction. My ministerial background includes teaching, spiritual direction, counseling, retreat work, workshops, and ministry to women and men in Twelve Step programs. I am presently one of the Vicars for the friar community of St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center, a spiritual director (companion) in the Franciscan Spiritual Companionship Ministry, a member of the Friary Worship team, and assists in other shrine ministries.

For a downloadable brochure click HERE

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

Nancy Nichols Kearns
St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center
100 Arch Street Boston, MA 02110
617-542-6440 x120
[email protected]