Training Programs in the Ignatian Tradition

Explore and Discern 

A call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Companioning

The seminar is designed to help individuals who are feeling drawn to the ministry of either spiritual direction or spiritual companioning to explore his/her 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 next Explore and Discern is taking place January through May, 2018. The application deadline has passed.

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. 

Registration is closed for the 2018-2021 Ignatian Training Program. Please contact Martina O'Shea ( if you are interested in learning more. Click here for the Ignatian Training Program brochure for information about the program. 


Peter 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. We aspire to form compassionate and competent guides of the Exercises who will serve the larger Church and 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 2009. For more information, please contact Martina O’Shea (

Click here for the Faber Training Program brochure. The application deadline for the current program has passed.