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Certificate of Spiritual Direction

For those who wish to assist others deepen their relationship with the divine, the certificate of spiritual direction provides rich, meaningful preparation. As the study of spiritual direction is for those who seek a fuller experience of God’s love, the coursework and group study also provide a means for students to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality.

Programs in Theology & Ministry are available in a blended format, combining online work with occasional face to face class meetings at our home campus in Mobile or at Ignatius House in Atlanta.

Goals for CSD students

  • Attentiveness to the movements of the Spirit
  • Discovery of their own gifts and strengths
  • Ability to discern readiness of directee
  • Love for helping others listen to God
  • Commitment to service


  • Completion of 30 credit hours in Biblical, moral and spiritual theology (or approved equivalents)
  • Completion of at least one individually directed Ignatian retreat (5-8 days)
  • Experience of at least one year of ongoing spiritual direction


Dr. Timothy Carmody, Program Director

As part of their program, CSD students participate in the Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality where they join with students in the MTS, MPS and MA programs in exploring a variety of the unique gems of the Christian spiritual tradition. For example: St. Francis and the Canticle of the Creatures; St. Ephrem and Syriac Spirituality; Benedictine Spirituality; Flannery O’Connor; the Beatitudes; Parables of Jesus. Because of the variety of offerings students often return year after year, even after completing the program.

— Dr. Timothy Carmody, Program Director

Deborah Madonia

In the Spiritual Direction program, most significantly, the importance of listening, both in prayer and as directors is stressed. We learn to listen with reverence. We listen in other words for the work of grace. We listen for God’s loving direction, which is a work of grace. Guided by the insight that prayer is an ever deepening encounter with a loving God, the principles of an authentic prayer life are appropriated and realized in one’s personal life of prayer—and perhaps this is the greatest gift of the Spring Hill “method” of training spiritual directors—for the Church, in today’s changing, complex, and sometimes confusing world.

— Deborah Madonia

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