“Social justice and proximity to the poor and marginalized is key to being in proximity with God, and all of my experiences with Cranaleith embody these truths. Put more simply, I find myself wanting to be in study and communion with those who love the art of listening…to self, to others, and to God, not only for personal fulfillment, but for the transformative work of reconciliation, anti-racism and deep mercy.”
Spiritual Direction Formation Program
What is the Spiritual Direction Formation Program?
Drawing from the rich wellspring of the contemplative tradition and the charism of mercy, this two-year certificate program nurtures and supports those who wish to deepen their own spirituality and discern spiritual companionship with others. This process includes a particular (but not exclusive) focus on the art of spiritual accompaniment with those on the margins of society. The curriculum is presented as a hybrid of virtual lessons and onsite retreats at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Who are the program participants?
Our program participants are those who are discerning the call to accompany others on their spiritual journeys. While many graduates go on to serve as spiritual directors, others apply the skills they acquire in the fields of church ministry, education, healthcare, social work and more. People from all faith traditions are welcome!
Is this program right for me?
Come and see! Register for our information session on Thursday, March 2, 2023 (REGISTER ABOVE)! During the live Zoom meeting, you will meet the coordinating team and learn more about the program structure and curriculum. Be sure to read the brochure ahead of time and bring your questions!
I am ready to apply. What should I do next?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. You can also call us at 215-936-6206 ext. 102. We look forward to hearing from you! Applications for the 2023-2025 cohort are due on April 30, 2023.
“Our small group of learners has received an amazing amount of guidance and mentorship from the team. The readings we have been given and the topics of our monthly meetings never fail to expose us to new ways of thinking and being. And the one-on-one supervision of our individual meetings with directees not only prepared me for my future ministry, but has led to abundant growth in my own relationship with God.”
“There are three things the poor prize more highly than gold, tho’ they cost the donor nothing; among these are the kind word, the gentle, compassionate look and the patient hearing of their sorrows.”