Training Programs in the Ignatian Tradition
A call to formation to become a Spiritual Director
The seminar is designed to help individuals who are feeling drawn to the ministry of spiritual direction 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.
We are taking a brief hiatus to enrich the Explore and Discern Seminar with learnings from recent programs. We remain committed to providing a seminar that captures the subtleties and nuances that arise whenever we are learning the ways of the Spirit. We will provide further information on timing as soon as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience!
Click here for the Explore and Discern brochure, which provides more information about the program.
Becoming a Spiritual Director
The online program provides structure, content, mentoring and supervision to individuals who discerned a call to the ministry of spiritual direction.
Spiritual Directors are called to guide individuals who are seeking ongoing orientation, encouragement, and discernment in the life of the Spirit.
This holistic spiritual formation program is designed and implemented in the spirit of cura personalis - adapting to the person’s gifts and talents while using the values and principles of the Ignatian tradition to understand situations as they arise.The dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola serve as the foundation for the program. For more information, please see the Ignatian Training Program brochure.
The Ignatian Training Program is on a brief hiatus as we refine the material to include learnings from our recent programs. We remain committed to providing a program that captures the subtleties and nuances that arise whenever we are learning the ways of the Spirit. We will provide further information on the timing of the next program as soon as it is available. Thank you for your patience!
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.
We are taking a brief hiatus to update our materials with learnings from recent programs. We will update the website and brochure with the timing of the next program as soon as further information is available. Thank you for your patience!