An Ecumenical Training Programme in Franciscan Spiritual Direction 

(One year, non-residential, part-time) 

This Programme builds on an interpretation of the experience of the life of St Francis as a way of teaching the principles of the spiritual life.

Franciscan Spiritual Direction is therefore rooted in the spirituality of the Franciscan tradition. At its heart is the desire to see God in all of life, especially through God's creation, shown in nature and in one another.

The Ecumenical Training Programme in Spiritual Direction focuses on walking with others as they seek God in their life. There is no set process for this, no single route, but an openness to the Holy Spirit who speaks to each one of us as we seek to listen. 

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Comments from previous participants:

“I came into this Course expecting to gain skills to better support others in their spiritual journey. To my surprise, I was blessed with the ability to journey myself growing in self-awareness and feeling a sense of freedom in my personal journey into God.” Ruth Conlon

“An interesting and engaging Course with plenty of opportunity for spiritual reflection and enquiry.” Marj Snape

“A very useful and helpful preparation for Spiritual Direction and practice. Offers tools and techniques for exploring the spiritual journey ... for oneself and with others.” Fr Kevin Maddy SCP

“I feel blessed participating in the Course as it has made me aware of the skills which I need to cultivate for fruitful practice of spiritual direction. Also, the ecumenical dimension of the Course has been very enriching as insights from various spiritual traditions have been generously shared by all on the Course.” Fr Alex Ezechukwu OCD

“Spiritual Direction, Holy Listening, Spiritual Midwifery, all will be revealed as you seek to unravel the mystery surrounding the Journey of Accompaniment. An opportunity to learn the unfamiliar skills required, to be challenged and taken out of your comfort zone. An informative, deeply enriching experience designed to promote spiritual growth.” Judith Roser

“I found this Course to be rooted in learning from the saints and mystics and modern psychology teaching. Exploring both is a great encouragement to press on and go deeper into my own spiritual journey. I am sure too that it is overall a transforming experience in terms of spiritual accompaniment.” Barry Saunders