Training Programs in the Ignatian Tradition

Explore and Discern

A call to formation to become a Spiritual Director or Spiritual Companion

The seminar is designed to help individuals who are feeling drawn to the ministry of either spiritual direction or spiritual companioning explore their desire and abilities for this ministry and to discern if indeed God is calling the person to further formation.

Spiritual Directors are called to accompany individuals who are seeking orientation, encouragement, and discernment in the life of the Spirit. A Spiritual Companion is one who is called to accompany, on a short-term basis, men and women who are in recovery from addictions and homelessness.

The dates for the next Explore and Discern are January 12 - May 18, 2021. The deadline to apply is November 15.

Click here for the Explore and Discern brochure, which provides more information about the program.


Ignatian Training Program: Becoming Spiritual Directors or Spiritual Companions

At Holy Trinity and throughout the metropolitan area, there is a serious shortage of men and women who are well-formed in the tradition and practice of Ignatian spirituality. There are even fewer women and men who are specially formed to share the practice of Ignatian spirituality with those who are recovering from homelessness and addictions. Through the generosity of parishioners who contributed to the 2013 Capital Campaign, Holy Trinity created a two-pronged Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program that trains spiritual directors and spiritual listeners in the Ignatian tradition - one that is accessible and affordable to individuals who have full-time work and family responsibilities.

The next Ignatian Training Program will begin in September 2021. Please contact Martina O'Shea ( if you are interested in learning more.


Online Faber Training Program to Give the Spiritual Exercises

St. Peter Faber was one of the first Jesuits. He met Ignatius of Loyola when they were studying at the University of Paris. Faber made the full Exercises only after spending four years in spiritual conversation with Ignatius. Once he made them, however, Faber proved to be a master ‘giver’ of the Exercises. In Ignatius’ estimation, Faber was the best of all the first companions in giving the Exercises to others. After the Society of Jesus was founded in 1540, Faber spent most of his time in Germany. He was convinced that the Exercises were the most effective way to remedy divisions among Christians and reform the Church.

We cherish the Exercises as Ignatius’ gift to the Church. Not only do the Exercises help people on their own journey of faith, but they can animate the spiritual, pastoral, theological, and liturgical life of the Church.

In offering this innovative program for training in the Spiritual Exercises, we rely on the patronage of Peter Faber. The Peter Faber Program forms skilled ministers of the Spiritual Exercises for ministry to the People of God in Washington and the surrounding area. The program enables participants to develop the competencies included in the document, “Guiding Standards for Those Who Give the Spiritual Exercises,” approved by the Jesuit provincials of the United States and English-speaking Canada, 2015. For more information, please contact Martina O’Shea (

Click here for the Online Faber Training Program brochure. Our Online Faber Training Program will take place from September, 2020 to May, 2023. The application deadline was August 21, 2020.