For over a decade I have been accompanying people in spiritual direction. For 10 years, I served as an inner-city chaplain and addiction program coordinator in a one-year residential Christian 12 step program. For the last two years, I have served as a chaplain in Alberta prisons. I am currently serving as the supervising chaplain for the province endorsed by the Archdiocese of Edmonton. I am a husband to Julie, and we have 11 daughters. I have a Master of Divinity from Newman Theological College. I am also a Secular Franciscan.
Spiritual direction has been a part of Christian history for many centuries. In the past, it typically involved a listening with both the director and directee to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and spiritual direction were often seen as complimenting each other. My approach is to follow this template. I hope to help the directee listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to help the directee network with the Church, especially in finding a confessor (one does not need to be a Catholic to benefit from direction).
The direction of a meeting could take many different routes, depending on the individual. My areas of familiarity include, general spiritual direction, prayer support , encouragement, 12 step support, and relapse prevention tools.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6