A spiritual director helps people discern how the Holy Spirit is leading and working in their lives. There is a great need for more committed Christians to serve as spiritual directors. Spiritual directors can be lay men and women, vowed religious or priests.

A well-trained spiritual director will have completed a master's-level theology degree plus specialized training in spiritual direction. Spiritual direction is distinct from psychological counseling, although a good spiritual director will draw on insights from pastoral psychology as well as the Christian spiritual tradition.

Saint Meinrad's graduate certificate in spiritual direction is an 18-credit, three-year program intended to give you the intellectual framework and practical skills to serve as an effective spiritual director.

It combines hybrid distance courses and on-campus coursework with a year-long supervised spiritual direction practicum. The program covers various methods of spiritual direction, but emphasizes the Benedictine tradition and charisms.


Program participants pay the regular graduate tuition rate for spiritual direction certificate courses. Saint Meinrad alumni may receive the regular alumni tuition discount.

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