Pathways: Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is one of the most ancient ministries in Christian spirituality. This time-honored contemplative practice encourages and enables a seeker to experience a closer union with God. Spiritual direction usually takes the form of a companionship built on trust and conversation in which a trained and experienced person (director) guides another person (seeker) in his or her journey towards recognizing and understanding the ways in which God moves in human life. As such, spiritual direction maintains a focus on the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit in the process.

You will explore the possibilities of the life path you find yourself on at any given time with a trusted guide who supports your efforts to keep your heart and mind open to God’s communication and the ways to respond to it. Spiritual directors are good listeners, and sharing struggles of a personal nature within the context of spiritual direction can be appropriate from time to time, but spiritual direction is not counseling, psychotherapy, or financial advice. The relationship is intended to foster a deeper connection with God.

Who are spiritual directors?

Spiritual directors are men and women, lay and ordained, who are gifted from the Holy Spirit for this ministry and who have completed extensive formation. They are also themselves under the guidance of a spiritual director. Each has his or her own unique approach to this practice. For more information on the directors chosen to serve in ministry in the Pathways: Spiritual Direction at Roslyn program, click here.

Who can benefit from spiritual direction?

Anyone! The Pathways program is open to any person interested in a closer relationship with God without regard to church or denominational affiliation. It is however a specifically Christian ministry. Whether seeking to hear more clearly a call to the ministry of the baptized or an ordained ministry, spiritual direction can help you discern God’s will for you.

What is the Pathways: Spiritual Direction at Roslyn program?

This is a ministry which arises from the firm conviction of the Bishop of Virginia that spiritual direction is an invaluable resource for a deeper and more committed spiritual life. The Bishop is very clear that this is one of the primary, on-going emphases for his leadership in the Church. At the Roslyn Conference Center, spiritual direction will be offered by a core group of directors who will be available to meet with individuals throughout the year. Each director will be in–residence for 3-4 periods per year, and seekers may select the director of their choice and schedule sessions to meet with them during those times. Sessions are offered at a rate of $65 per hour. Ideally, sessions of spiritual direction are combined with the rhythm and rest of an overnight retreat. Seekers may choose one-hour, two-hour, or multiple sessions per residency with the director to fit their needs. For instance, a two-hour session may be more desirable, or “quiet day” or overnight retreats can be organized to include sessions to start and end such a contemplative period 

Sessions with each director are scheduled by Amy Williams in the Bishop’s Office at the Diocese of Virginia. Contact her for more information and availability at awilliams@thediocese.net or 804-643-8451x1012.

For overnight lodging or quiet day accommodations, please contact Roslyn at 804-288-6045.