The following are the components of a complete application package. All of these must be received before a candidate will be considered for acceptance in the School:
A completed application form
5 required essays (see application form for details Click Here)
Three letters of recommendation: one from the candidate’s pastor, one from a colleague or coworker, and one from the candidate’s current spiritual director, if applicable.
A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 which will be applied to the cost of tuition.
The Alleluia School of Spiritual Direction offers a certificate in spiritual direction. The two-year, three-session program is intended to give the candidate the intellectual knowledge, a foundation in contemplative prayer and the practical skills to serve as an effective spiritual director. The program relies on the candidate’s active engagement in the lectures, private prayer exercises and group work. The candidates must attend all three sessions within a six-year period in order to receive the certificate.
COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR A CERTIFICATE IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
The Candidate must acquire a personal spiritual director and be receiving regular spiritual direction ( at least six meetings/year) before completion of the second session.
Full attendance at all three two-week sessions, for a total of six weeks and completion of readings associated with each session.
The Candidate must complete one of the following two options: a) The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (either in the 30 day silent retreat format or in what is called the “19th Annotation”) format or b) A silent, directed Ignatian retreat of 8 days.
This requirement is normally satisfied between the first and second sessions.
Complete a supervised Practicum. The candidate will find someone who is already a practicing believing Christian, who desires to deepen their prayer life and their commitment to loving God. The Candidate will meet with the prayer companion once a week over a 16 week period. The Candidate will be supervised during the Practicum, and evaluated after the Practicum is completed.
This Practicum is normally accomplished between the second and third sessions.
The candidate must meet all formation expectations, and demonstrate satisfactorily to the Co-Directors their readiness for the role of spiritual direction.
Payable at the beginning of each session:*
- Tuition and books – $550
- Housing, if needed – $100
- Meals – $150
* Costs are subject to change without notice
The program consists of three two-week sessions over a period of two years. The content of the sessions will focus on prayer, healing and growth and the foundational elements of spiritual direction.
GROWTH 01/10/21 – 01/23/21
PRAYER 07/11/21 – 07/24/21
HEALING 01/09/22 – 01/22/22
GROWTH 07/10/22 – 07/23/22
PRAYER 01/08/23 – 01/21/23
HEALING 07/09/23 – 07/22/23
GROWTH 01/14/24 – 01/27/24
PRAYER 07/14/24 – 07/27/24
HEALING 01/05/25 – 01/18/25
GROWTH 07/13/25 – 07/26/25
PRAYER 01/11/26 – 01/24/26
HEALING 07/12/26 – 07/25/26