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Spiritual Direction Formation Program
Location: Potier Center
Category: Special Offerings
Date: Sunday July 5, 2020 through Saturday July 11, 2020
Cost: $1400.00
Minimum Deposit: $140.00


Are you called to the 
ministry of Spiritual Direction?

Sunday, July 5, 2020 to
Saturday, July 11, 2020

VMESC offers a three-year formation program in spiritual direction. This program is designed to accommodate those who cannot afford the time for a lengthy residential program, yet desire time to explore the dimensions of this ministry and to discern their call to the ministry of spiritual direction. In addition to a one week resident stay for each of the three years, participants are asked to write four short reflection papers each year and participate in experiences which are part of the spiritual direction ministry. This program hopes to provide the space, time and structure where the Spirit can deepen and fine-tune the gifts of the candidates.

Ardath Blake, HM
 has received training and supervision in spiritual direction through St. Beuno Spiritual Exercise Centre, Asaph, Wales UK; the Center for Spirituality and Lay Ministry of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Ct and at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario. Ardath also has a MA in Theology and MS in Education and experience in parish pastoral ministry.

Mary Ann Spangler, HM brings many years of educational and retreat/spiritual direction experience. She obtained her Master's Degree at Kent State University and a certificate for Spiritual Direction from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. Sr. Mary Ann is presently full-time Spiritual Companion to adults and young adults on college campuses and beyond as well as facilitating retreats for various adult groups in parishes, at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio and at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center at Villa Maria, PA.

To begin the application process, please contact 
Sr. Ardath Blake at 724-964-8920, ext. 3444.

Applications due by June 1, 2020


If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so. 
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy 



Cost for overnight guests includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Supper on Sunday to Breakfast on Saturday. Overnight guests in Potier Center enjoy spacious bedrooms with individual climate control and private bath. Potier Center is located on Villa Maria Campus just a short walk to Villa Maria Community Center.
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8920, ext. 3444
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