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Spiritual Direction Ministry Formation Tutorials

at the Benedictine Peace Center

Have people been asking you to accompany them on their spiritual journeys? Are you already a companion who listens and supports friends as they grow in relationship to God?  And are you a busy person who can’t get away for coursework?  Then our formative Spiritual Direction Ministry Tutorial can help you respond to God’s call.

S. Jeanne Ranek Spiritual Direction Ministry TutorialThe Spiritual Direction Ministry Tutorial  is flexible, fitting the pace your schedule allows.  This training can be part of your sabbatical time with us or it can be done online with brief residential components.  Since it is formative, it will stimulate you to deepen your prayer life as you learn the skills to walk with others.  This guided independent learning experience is designed for women and men, clergy and lay of various Christian faith traditions who feel that God may be calling them to companion others on their spiritual journey, or whose current ministry already casts them in the role of spiritual guide.

For over 25 years, S. Jeanne  Ranek OSB has been  training spiritual directors from the United States and abroad. Through a cohort model, she has prepared over 200 people to minister to God’s people.   Next Spring, 2018, the final cohort, pictured below with staff, will finish their program.  The program will continue now with a more flexible tutorial model.  Working with S. Jeanne on staff are S. Doris Oberemt OSB and S. Mary Jo Polak.  (See Benedictine Peace Center Staff page)

Download our brochure with more information. Then contact us to explore the possibilities. Inquire about tutorial opportunities in other topics.  E-mail us at, or call (605) 668-6292.  

Formative Content of Spiritual Direction Ministry Tutorial

Spiritual Direction Ministry Training Program

  • Classical and contemporary insights into the nature of spiritual direction ministry.
  • Jungian and other psychological insights for spiritual development.
  • Wisdom from the Christian mystics and classical writers.
  • Skills practice for effective listening, affirmation, nonverbal communication, and congruence.
  • Spiritual Discernment.
  • Dialogue on selected topics: prayer and contemplation, states of spiritual development, dreams, Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, sexuality, grief, shame and guilt, forgiveness, healing and professional ethics.
  • supervised practicum in spiritual direction ministry.
  • Four residential retreats.

This program has been such a deepening, meaningful journey.  I feel equipped to engage in a spiritual direction practice and confident of the tools and insights I received through this training.  An unexpected blessing has been how enriching this training has been to my own personal spiritual growth – I feel a deeper understanding and intimacy with Jesus and have experienced his presence in my life in a new way.   The readings, discussions, interactions with peers and training residencies have all been so very enriching.  I am very grateful to have had this experience.

Steven Blum, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Many ask the question – “What is Spiritual Direction?”   It is the ability to walk with others in their faith with trust.

To journey with another in noticing how God is present in their lives in a very sacred ministry.   Is God’s Holy Spirit calling you to travel in faith with another?

Come and Explore His call to you.

Chet Cordell
Roman Catholic Deacon

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