The Spiritual Guidance Training Program is more than "just" a training program for spiritual directors; most participants find it a transformational experience. An experienced staff leads this two-year ecumenical program, based on the Christian tradition and enriched by various faith perspectives. Permeating the process and content of the program is a belief in the sacredness of all creation and of human experience as the place of God’s revelation. Belief in God’s unconditional love for and presence in creation is foundational.
A new program has just begun. The next session will begin in January 2015. While we are not yet accepting applications, you are welcome to call and inquire about the program. Many people find it useful to have this advance time to prepare as there are some prerequisites including the need for some theological background. Also, it is vital to have time for personal reflection before beginning the program as it represents a significant dedication of time, energy, and finances.
Training consists of eight three-day sessions per year for two years and incorporates a variety of learning styles and practicum. Graduates receive a certificate of completion.
"This past year in the SGTP has been the most spiritually growthful and deepening period in my life. There have been many other spiritually growthful periods in my life, but this one exceeds all the other ones put together."
"Before I applied to the SGTP, my discernment process bounced from fear around the tuition cost to awe around the movement of the Holy Spirit calling me into this program at Siena. After completing the SGTP, I say with every fiber of my being that it is so worth the investment of money and time, openness and vulnerability. Many graces and transformations have been gifted me through SGTP."
"The Spiritual Guidance Training Program became an unanticipated journey of transformational healing and hope. It is this hope that I now live from, through, with and into a future that is of possibility."