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Spiritual Director’s Professional Day and Workshop
Presented by Maureen Conroy, RSM, D.Min.
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February 8, 2008 – Professional Day

Drinking from the Well
Savoring Our Experiences of God and Spiritual Direction

During this professional day participants explore one of the greatest gifts a spiritual director can offer directees: helping them to savor and deepen their own experiences of God. Areas to be considered include:

• The components and dynamics of an experience of God.
• The process and skills of savoring and reliving this experience.
• The blessings and values of savoring an experience of God with another.
• How the spiritual director’s contemplative presence affects the deepening of a directee’s experience.

Through spiritual direction sessions and input, we will explore how spiritual direction is a graced way to experience, savor and respond to God’s self-communication in our prayer and lives.

Professional Day Schedule – Friday, February 8, 2008

8:30 – 9:00 AM Gathering
Session Begins Promptly At 9:00 AM
Morning and Afternoon Refreshments
and Lunch Will Be Provided
4:30 PM Session Concludes
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February 8-10, 2008 – Workshop for Supervisors and Spiritual Directors

The Ministry of Supervision – Companioning Spiritual Directors
A Training Workshop for Supervisors and Spiritual Directors

Supervision is considered vital for a spiritual directors’ total development. Although the supervision of spiritual directors has similarities with the supervision of psychological and pastoral counselors, it is unique in that it maintains a contemplative outlook and focuses on discerning interior movements in the person of the spiritual director.

The supervision of spiritual directors is a process whereby the supervisor, the spiritual director – and God – look into the director’s interior space in order to sift out, in a contemplative way, the director’s interior movements.
Supervision enables spiritual directors to develop a contemplative spirit and a discerning heart. As spiritual directors grow more self-aware, they are better able to help directees to stay with their own experiences of God and life.

We will explore the skills of supervision through group input, shared experiences, giving special consideration to the purposes, content, and assumptions connected with the process. A contemplative model for peer group supervision will also be presented and experienced.

Participants are requested to bring their own experiences of directing in order to reflect upon the supervision experience in a real and meaningful way.

(This workshop will be limited to 40 participants.)

Workshop Schedule – Friday February 8, 2008 to Sunday, February 10, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008
7:00 – 7:30 PM Gathering
Workshop Begins Promptly at 7:30 Pm and Concludes at 9:30 PM

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Workshop Continues Promptly at 9:00 AM And Concludes At 5:00 PM
Morning and Afternoon Refreshments, Lunch and Dinner Will Be Provided.
Celebration of Evening Liturgy Begins At 7:00 PM, with Social to Follow

Sunday, February 10
Workshop Continues Promptly at 9:00 AM
and Concludes with Lunch Served at 12:30 PM
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About The Presenter

Maureen Conroy, RSM, D.Min., is co-director of the Upper Room Spirituality Center in Neptune, New Jersey. Her ministries include spiritual direction, the education of spiritual directors, giving directed retreats and offering workshops on spiritual direction, supervision, discernment, and holistic spirituality. Maureen has offered workshops on spirituality and spiritual direction in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. She also teaches spiritual direction at Creighton University, Nebraska and Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland.

Maureen holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of numerous articles and five books: Looking into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors, The Discerning Heart, Experiencing God’s Tremendous Love, Growing in Love and Freedom, and Journey of Love.
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Who Should Attend

Spiritual directors and supervisors who desire to deepen their personal understanding of a contemplative and discerning approach to supervision are encouraged to attend. This workshop will provide an opportunity to refine both direction and supervision skills by considering the special dynamics involved in the spiritual direction process, and through participant interaction and experience sharing.
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Registration Fees

Professional Day – $85
Workshop – $200
Professional Day and Workshop – $285

Lodging is Available (per diem)
Thursday Night – $85
Friday Night – $85
Saturday Night – $85

Registration and lodging are limited; reservations are accepted on a “first come, first serve” basis. A 25% deposit is required to reserve a place. Full payment is due January 25, 2008.

To register, contact:
Diane Henderson
314.256.8856
henderson@ai.edu

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