May 21, 2024  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 575 - Spiritual Direction

This course provides an overview of the ministry of spiritual direction. It examines the biblical and historical foundations of the Christian spiritual life, drawing out stages in spiritual growth, the role of a spiritual director, and the nature of the relationship of the director to the directee. Adaptations of spiritual direction in the context of parish ministry will be considered.

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the structure and discipline of the Christian spiritual life;
  • Distinguish the ministry of spiritual direction counseling, professional coaching, and other forms of self-growth and self-care programs;
  • Characterize the essential components of the formation of the spiritual director;
  • Identify common pitfalls within spiritual direction;
  • Interpret the writings of great spiritual directors within Catholic tradition, and explain their contemporary applications;
  • Practice theological reflection, and direct others in the method;
  • Determine if your present experience and knowledge makes you ready to consider a call to spiritual direction.

Credits: 3

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