School for Spiritual
Direction and Formation
The FIND curriculum is designed to ensure that by prayer, study, supervision and experience, students will be prepared to serve as spiritual directors and leaders in spiritual formation.
The curriculum focuses on these areas:
History of Christian Spirituality
Psychology of Spirituality
Individual Spiritual Formation
The first two years emphasize academic material, spiritual formation, and practical exercises in personal spiritual development and the art of spiritual direction.
The third year emphasizes practical experience in spiritual direction and spiritual formation. Students select whether to focus on the spiritual director track or on the spiritual formation tract.
Students are required to meet regularly with a spiritual director while in the program. Those on the spiritual director path are required to have a spiritual directee in the third year, with faculty supervision. Those on the spiritual formation path are required to plan and execute a special project for a group or community, with faculty supervision.
The following provides an idea of the courses offered by year:
Traditions of the desert mothers and fathers
Listening skills I
Prayer and temperament
Stages of faith
Mystical spirituality of the eastern Christian tradition
Planning retreats and quiet days
Spiritual direction in adversity, grief, and loss
Contemplative prayer according to Thomas Merton
Cultural awareness in spiritual direction