Do you have questions or doubts about your faith?
Would you like to help discerning God’s will in your life or want to develop a deeper prayer life?
Pope Benedict XVI wrote that, “As she has never failed to do, again today the Church continues to recommend the practice of spiritual direction, not only to all those who wish to follow the Lord up close, but to every Christian who wishes to live responsibly his baptism, that is the new life in Christ. Everyone, in fact …needs to be supported personally by a sure guide in doctrine and expert in the things of God.” (It’s important to note that spiritual direction is not counseling but addresses issues related to a person’s faith life.)
In response to this exhortation, OLP now offers such assistance to its parishioners. A spiritual director (also called a “spiritual companion,” “spiritual guide” or “spiritual friend”) is someone who has been trained and formed by completion of an established course of study comprised of holy listening skills, classes on the Catholic Spiritual Tradition, discernment, prayer and extensive, supervised experience with an experienced spiritual director. They are required to have a personal spiritual director, maintain a habitual practice of prayer/meditation, continuing education and ongoing peer collaboration/supervision.
Our parish now has two trained practitioners of this ministry available to parishioners who would like to grow in their relationship with God.
Joanne Forgue has taught spiritual direction, supervised other spiritual directors and provided spiritual direction for individuals and groups for over 30 years. She has particular interest in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.
Deacon Chuck Specht has been a director since 1986 and teaches the Catholic spiritual tradition, ethics, and methods of spiritual direction at the Lady of Guadalupe Benedictine Monastery School for Spiritual Direction in Pecos, NM.