Posted on May 10th, 2017
Fr Bruce Batstone tells us about his role as a Spiritual Formation Adviser and how his work allows him to ‘be a conduit through which opportunities can be passed on and opened up for people seeking God and desiring to grow deeper as spiritual persons’
The exciting thing about the diocese of London is it’s size and complexity, and with that comes a great range of opportunities. As the Spiritual Formation Adviser in the Edmonton Episcopal area I try and be a conduit through which opportunities can be passed on and opened up for people seeking God and desiring to grow deeper as spiritual persons.
As a tutor on the Ignatian Spirituality Course (which makes use of the premises at LCSD), I am in ongoing contact with my colleagues at the LCSD. This connection helps to link up seekers of spiritual direction with directors, make suggestions to those directors when they seek a way to deepen and grow their own experience.
Also, as an Area Adviser I act for the bishop. This may be in ways such as chairing the team devising our next clergy residential when we will be thinking specifically about prayer, or answering specific questions or helping him care for the spiritual needs of his clergy.
As a parish priest myself, I know the demands that easily mean that our own lives of prayer can be under the threat of distractions, and the poverty of rest that can mean we often function in the shallows when what we really want are opportunities to plunge deeper into God. I try to be available to advise and encourage colleagues, and help develop the spiritual imagination of churches ministering in parishes and chaplaincies and in all the various contexts that our God call us to live and to witness to his love in Jesus Christ
Fr Bruce Batstone