Schools of Spiritual Formation (Fall 2019)

Over the last few years, I have had the great privilege of being involved with an organization called Sustainable Faith. It’s no understatement to say that the organization, the schools it facilitates, and the friendships I have made therein have transformed my life. As a result, I am not the same person I was even a few years ago.

This fall, I’m overjoyed to be teaching in two of Sustainable Faith’s schools – the School of Spiritual Direction and the School of Mercy and Justice. Both have a wonderfully contemplative and communal ethos and involve excellent readings, individual and group exercises, receiving spiritual direction, and practicing spiritual disciplines. Great overall curricula, in other words.

The School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) is a two-year program, the first of which is intended to provide a well-rounded introduction to the ministry of spiritual direction, and the second of which is intended for those who envision spiritual direction as a fairly significant feature of their vocation. A real highlight of the school is the opportunity to offer spiritual direction early on and receive peer and formal supervision while doing so and, in the second year, engaging in an annotated version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

  • SOSD Year One (9am – 5pm, Fri/Sat, Winnipeg, MB)
    • Oct 4-5, 2019
    • Nov 22-23, 2019
    • Jan 24-25, 2020
    • Mar 20-21, 2020
    • May 8-9, 2020
  • SOSD Year Two (Dates tbd, Winnipeg, MB)

The School of Mercy and Justice (SOMJ) is a one-year program particularly for those who desire to cultivate a deep, vibrant interior life with God and engage effectively and healthily in the practical work of mercy and justice in the world. It’s spiritual formation for those who long to embody a contemplative posture while engaging in an active life with those on the margins of society.

  • SOMJ (9am – 5pm, Fri/Sat, Winnipeg, MB)
    • Oct 18-19, 2019
    • Dec 6-7, 2019
    • Feb 7-8, 2020
    • Apr 3-4, 2020
    • May 29-30, 2020

For more information (syllabi, cost, registration information etc.) about the fall cohorts:

If you’re interested in either school, another teacher and I are hosting an interest meeting in Winnipeg where we’ll chat about the schools, hear some student stories, and generally have a good time together. You’re most welcome to attend and I especially invite you as a means of discerning whether either of these offerings may be for you.

  • 6pm, Saturday, May 25, 2019 | The Den (205 Hespeler Ave)

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