Spiritual Directors

For those interest in reviving and extending this ancient practice of direction, soul friendship, and Christ based discernment for life.

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Comment by Meghan S. Humlie, M.Div on July 17, 2013 at 1:56pm


I am a spiritual director in the San Francisco Bay Area and a Lay Person.   I also work full time as a community enrichment coordinator (activity coordinator) for an elder community.  My spiritual direction ministry focuses on discernment with people who are planning retirement or newly retired.  I am pleased to be a part of this group.

Comment by Sister Gloriamarie Amalfitano on November 28, 2011 at 12:20am

I completely agree with Ray Ball in many respects.  Anyone claim a charism but not everyone who lays such a claim, actually possesses it.  Perhaps credentials was the wrong word. But I do think some training is called for.  One example, I think anyone who would lay claim to this charism is someone who is themselves in spiritual direction. I appreciate Fr Burt's apology but feel that Ray Ball and I will have to agree to disagree. All I can do is speak from the experience I have.  I've know many an EO or a RC who had no trouble finding a SD.  But I as an Episcopalian have only found 2 over several decades.  I cannot begin to describe what a very difficult time I've had of it, especially when I began to suspect a religious vocation.  In many respects I feel the spiritual director I did have was the Holy Spirit And the books I was led to read.


I offer my prayers for those seeking a spiritual director.  Over the years I have provided some spiritual directions via email, if that would be of any help whatsoever.

Comment by Ray Ball on November 27, 2011 at 9:43pm

Spiritual Direction is a charism, not a profession. I take issue with those who insist on "credentials" as this is not part of any tradition regarding SD. It is not psychotherapy and it is not spiritual theology. It is, as Staretz Siloan stated, a gift of holy listening coupled with the gift of the Holy Spirit. I think that people like Alan Jones and Kenneth Leech would disagree that SD is not a part of Anglicanism's tradition. It frequently goes by another name (i.e., Soul Friends) but it has been a part of our tradition since the Reformation. That being said, SDI is not perfect but it is the one group that is consistent in promoting understanding of the practice of Direction in an ethical and professional manner.  

Comment by Fr. Bill Burt on November 27, 2011 at 8:18pm

Ah then I misunderstood you; I apologize.

Comment by Sister Gloriamarie Amalfitano on November 27, 2011 at 7:59pm

Please don't take issue with me.  I am Anglican/Episcopalian myself and I know firsthand how very hard it is to find an adequately trained and experienced spiritual director.  Anglican/Episcopal priests desperately need spiritual direction.  But from what I can tell from my experience, albeit it limited, we just do not have the solid tradition of it that is in the Eastern Orthodox churches or the Roman Catholics.


I never said there was no need.  What I said is that there is not the tradition.

Comment by Brother Mark, S.B. on November 27, 2011 at 6:38pm

Father Bill:

I'm very conscious of clergy burnout - the reality is we all need Spiritual Direction - and some more than others.

Bm +


Comment by Fr. Bill Burt on November 27, 2011 at 6:18pm

While I thank Sister Gloriamarie's and everyone else's comments, I take issue with Sister's comment.  We Anglican clergy have every bit as much need as any other clergy these days for SD.  Many, if not most of us, are involved in the gargantuan task of revitalizing our church which is very draining, emotionally, physically and especially spiritually. 


Comment by Brother Mark, S.B. on November 27, 2011 at 6:11pm

Hi There:

In our Diocese we have a list of Spiritual Directors - perhaps your Diocese has the same. Agreed - I tend to look close to home.

Hope that is helpful.

Bm +

Comment by Sister Gloriamarie Amalfitano on November 27, 2011 at 5:54pm

I have a very low opinion of Spiritual Directors International.  They allow anyone to call themselves a spiritual director.  They have no professional standards, no criteria, no training.  This is what I learned when I contacted them.  I was referred to three people, 2 of whom never returned my email.  The third turned out to n[be a MFT who considered therapy to be spiritual direction.  So I asked many questions about the organization and that is where I obtained the information.


If a person wants a spiritual director, the best way is to start asking people if they can refer you.  Ask at your church, ask the organist as well as the priest or minister.  Ask the people in the Christian ed department.  Cold call RC or O churches and speak with the priests.  Those denominations have a much stronger need for SD then do the Protestants or Anglicans/Episcopalians.

Comment by Sam Loudenslager on November 27, 2011 at 5:41pm

Go to Spiritual Directors International.  They have online resources including where spiritual directors are located.


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