For the last six months I have been driving down to the Benedictine Abbey of Douai, just outside Newbury, every Tuesday (except when I was undergoing surgery)to attend the Introduction to Spiritual Direction. The course is set up by the SpiDir Network and consists of 28 sessions which give foundational teaching in giving Spiritual Direction. If you have never heard of Spiritual Direction it consists of a one to one relationship with a director who journeys with you and helps you to reflect on the presence and will of God for your life. It is a very valuable ministry giving the directee space to consider where God is in ordinary life. The director can be reassuring, emphatic and at times challenging.
I gained a great deal from doing the course. It not only gave me tips and insights into travelling alongside people in their spiritual life but also gave me time to reflect on my own spiritual journey and gifts. Despite my time away for surgery, I was passed on the course and now offer this ministry to anyone who wishes it. Below is a leaflet which outlines more fully what Spiritual Direction is and the work of the SpiDir Network. If you are interested in Spiritual Direction then please do contact me via the Contact page.