What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment.

James Keegan, SJ

A spiritual director will, in a prayerful atmosphere, help you reflect on your life and experience and help you explore how you might become more open to the movements of the Spirit. Since the earliest days of Christianity people have realised their need to find someone who will walk with them on their journey of faith. We can help you find the right director for you: see below.

Many sought out the Desert Fathers and Mothers to help them deepen their own unique relationship with God. Since that time the ministry of Spiritual Direction (Accompaniment) has developed. Meetings with a Spiritual Director are strictly confidential and take place at regular intervals determined by you and your director. Sessions usually last for up to an hour and the agenda is, normally, set by you, the directee.


Who are the Spiritual Directors?

Spiritual Directors are men and women, lay and ordained, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and Christian churches, who share a calling to support others on their journey into the love of God. The London Centre for Spiritual Direction holds information about a large number of such directors in London and the south east. They adhere to the Centre’s ‘Code of Practice’ and most will have undertaken appropriate training. All will, themselves, be in direction and receive regular supervision.

Why might you want a Spiritual Director

People come to Spiritual Direction for many reasons, but the focus of this ministry concerns the way God is working with an individual. Sometimes people begin for a specific reason or because they are aware of movements that are occurring within them which they need to share with someone who can take a discerning and objective view. Spiritual Direction starts wherever you are in your journey and will seek to help you integrate your spirituality with the rest of your life. “Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst” (St. Aelred of Riveaulx)

What will Spiritual Direction Cost?

Some directors will make a charge and others will ask for a donation for each session.

What Commitment is required?

A commitment to spiritual direction will involve:

  • Giving time to your-self, and paying attention to the journey;
  • Being open to God;
  • Paying attention to the movements in your life;
  • Being prepared to change as you discover more about how God is seeking you out;
  • Meeting with your Director on an agreed, regular basis.

How to find a spiritual director

You can browse our Directory of Spiritual Directors which lists those who offer the ministry of spiritual direction and who are members of the Community (which means they have agreed to observe our Code of Practice). We also offer a service where our Referrals Co-ordinator, who is also the Warden of the Community, will help you think through what you are hoping for, and will offer suggestions about an appropriate director from our Community. It’s a confidential service, and a free one. Please make initial contact by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phoning the Centre on 020 3837 5291.

The Retreat Association has issued a list of questions to help those considering looking for a Spiritual Director and these questions can be found in the document Choosing and Working with a Spiritual Director.

Browse the directory of Spiritual Directors
Download our guide to choosing a Spiritual Director (PDF)
Download our Code of Practice for Spiritual Directors

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