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 session began in January 2015. The next session will begin in January 2017. However, if you are interested in this ministry, it is not too early to inquire. We are happy to speak with you and answer your questions so you can discern if you wish to consider this program and, if so, you can begin preparing yourself. It is important to have time for personal reflection before beginning the program as it represents a significant dedication of time, energy, and finances.
A Taste and See Day is being offered on April 23, 2016. This is for those who are contemplating becoming a spiritual guide. It will give you an opportunity to learn about the program, meet the team and ask questions. There is no cost; noon dinner is provided. Download a flyer or contact Rita Lui, OP, for more information (see contact information below).
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."