School of Spiritual Direction
The School of Spiritual Direction is a three-year bilingual program at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Students may be clergy, religious or laypeople. Classes will be held in English and Spanish once a month from September to June on a Friday night and all day Saturday. The first two years focus on academic classes on spirituality. The final year is a practicum where the students are supervised while they meet regularly with their own spiritual "directees." Learn more
To provide a formative program of spiritual direction in the Ignatian spiritual tradition, using the contemplative-evocative method, that enables people of the Diocese of Little Rock to respond to God's call to the ministry of spiritual direction, and receive ongoing formation and supervision.
- To provide participants with an understanding and experience of Ignatian spirituality, helping them in their personal spiritual growth.
- To train, form and certify graduates through spiritual formation and education so that they can provide spiritual direction to the people of the diocese.
- To provide ongoing formation and supervision for spiritual directors in the diocese.
- A felt call to spiritual companionship with others
- A willingness to discern this call with a spiritual director
- In spiritual direction with a trained director for at least one year
- A minimum of 10 credit-hours of theology with a focus on: introduction to Sacred Scripture; introduction to theology; and Christology (Attending the first year of the Little Rock Theology Institute, seminary or diaconate formation will meet this requirement.)
- At least 35 years old at the start of the program