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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

Mission Statement

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