Internships & Training

Explore these links to learn more about becoming a spiritual director:

The Dominican Center for Religious Development in Southeast Michigan offers a two-year Internship in Spiritual Direction running from September 14, 2017-May, 2019 at St. Paul of the Cross in Detroit, Michigan. Women and men, laity, religious and clergy of all faith traditions who are interested in deepening their understanding of the nature and process of spiritual direction may apply.


The Dominican Center at Marywood in Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers a two-year Spiritual Director Practicum for participants who:

  • Have successful completion of Foundations in Spirituality and Spiritual Director Practicum.
  • Be rooted in a faith tradition.
  • Possess experience in spiritual companioning or basic foundation in spirituality, theology, scripture, psychology, and/or bachelor degree in one of these areas, or the equivalent.
  • Experience in receiving individual or group spiritual direction for 1-2 years.
  • Recommendations by others for the spiritual director ministry.

The Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program, Nurturing the Call, is designed to nurture the spiritual heart of those called to the ministry of “holy listening,” known as spiritual direction, spiritual guidance, or spiritual companionship. The design of the program allows for at-home study, practice, and peer group accountability and support supplemented by two intensive ten-day residencies, which are held at facilities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. The program spans two years with residencies approximately one year apart.

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Continuing Education for Spiritual Directors

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Annual Colloquium for Spiritual Directors–Finding HOPE Again Through the
Spiritual Direction Relationship.

Monday, November 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Colloquium for Spiritual Directors held at Mercy Center, Farmington Hills, Michigan, presents an opportunity for continuing education and personal growth. The topic “Finding HOPE Again Through the Spiritual Direction Relationship” will be presented by Elizabeth Lieber, SNJM, well-known author, instructor and guide to spiritual direction.

Dr. Liebert is currently formation director for the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She has been a Professor of Spiritual Life at San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Core Doctoral Faculty member of GTU since 1987. Dr. Liebert has authored numerous books on spirituality including: The Soul of Discernment: A Spiritual Practice for Communities and Institutions; The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making; A Retreat with the Psalms: Resources for Personal and Communal Prayer; The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women.

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