“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.” John O’ Donohue
My Faith Journey: I am a practicing Roman Catholic. My spirituality is grounded in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. My life was irrevocably changed after experiencing the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. I was awakened to a personal God that longs for me too. I realized that God is always with me and continually communicating with me. As a result, I fell in love with God and desired to live God’s dream for me. I felt “called” to be formed as a prayer guide and journey with others making an Ignatian Spiritual Exercises retreat. I experienced profound joy companioning others and after much discernment with my own spiritual director realized God was calling me to be formed as a Certified Spiritual Director. I applied and was accepted to the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative (SDII) at the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brighton Massachusetts where I was trained as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition in the dynamics of the 19th Annotation. The SDII follows the guidelines of Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and includes elements of: theological foundations; psychological foundations; integration with justice; discernment; practicum; and supervision.
I work with individuals and groups seeking a closer relationship with God, Spirit, Higher Power to discern meaning and purpose or seeking a closer relationship with the God of their understanding. I also work with those struggling with questions of faith or in need of healing. My own background is in the Catholic tradition but I welcome seekers of all traditions including those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. I am privileged to offer personal spiritual direction, accompany those desiring to make the Spiritual Exercises, host directed retreats and lead various workshops for those seeking closer union with God. Spiritual direction is truly Holy ground and I feel profoundly privileged and grateful to listen with another to God’s personal communication and awestruck to witness God’s grace and action in a directee’s life.
To Find a Spiritual Director:
Office of Ignatian Spirituality https://jesuitseastois.org
Ignatian Spirituality Partnership of Maine https://www.ignatianme.org
Marie Joseph Spiritual Center https://mariejosephspiritual.org
Eastern Point Jesuit Retreat House https://www.easternpoint.org
Sisters of St Joseph https://www.csjboston.org
Become a Spiritual Director
Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative (SDII) held at The Sisters of St Joseph Boston contact: Sr Joan McCarthy email@example.com