Spiritual Direction

Stained Glass PerspectiveSpiritual Direction
is an ongoing process wherein a person meets regularly – perhaps every four to six weeks for about an hour –with a trained spiritual director. The process focuses on God’s presence and movement in a person’s life as revealed through prayer, relationships, and the events of the individual’s life.

Spiritual direction is a journey of three persons: God, a qualified spiritual director, and a directee. The director explores with the directee where God has been present in the various areas of the person’s life (work, home, environment, etc.). The aim of spiritual direction is to deepen the directee’s relationship with God. Generally, one meets with a spiritual director once a month.

A spiritual retreat is a sacred pause in the midst of a busy life that provides an opportunity for prayer, reflection and rest, either alone or with others.

Contact Mariandale’s Program Coordinator, Nancy Erts, OP, at nerts@ophope.org for guidance and details about spiritual direction at Mariandale.

A Note about Silence

Grounds Beauty ShotSilence is an integral part of every retreat. Retreatants can best listen for the movements and whispers of the Divine in an atmosphere of silence and solitude. Integration of what has been heard and experienced on the retreat takes time and quiet.  Often, it may seem that nothing is happening in silence, but the fruits of stillness are deep and many.

We encourage you to trust in silence and, open yourself to a deep encounter with God and the depths of your own soul and consciousness.


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