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School of Theology and Ministry

Supervised Practicum in Spiritual Direction

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A joint offering of the STM and Jesuit Collaborative, the Supervised Practicum enables students to accompany believers on their spiritual journey in a developmental way. Through reflection, seminars, direction, and supervision, participants learn how to listen in a helpful way to the activity of God in the prayer of other believers and to respond in ways that deepen a person's relationship with God and his or her engagement with life and the world.

The Practicum is an introduction to the art of spiritual direction. Further training is required after its completion.


During the practicum students focus on the activity of God through reflection, seminars, role plays, giving and receiving spiritual direction, and small group work. Course work consists of regular attendance, reading assignments, reflection papers, verbatims for supervision sessions, and participation in group supervision.

Seminars introduce participants to the ministry of spiritual direction by intentive reflection on the primary relationship between God and the one seeking direction, as well as upon the implication of direction for how a person lives in the world.

Caregivers often seek the same care they give, whether they be social workers, therapists, or spiritual directors. It is necessary to make sure that the director remains grounded and renewed. All students are expected to participate in frequent spiritual direction at least every two weeks. Students in need of referral can receive them through the Jesuit Collaborative.


  • Students enroll at the STM as a Special Student and take the course at the Jesuit Collaborative.
  • Instructors are staff members.
  • Classes take place at the Jesuit Collaborative on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes begin in October.
  • The practicum can only be taken as a pass/fail class.
  • The courses duration is a full academic year and must begin in the Fall semester.


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • For STM students, applicants must be in their second year of the M.Div., M.A., or M.T.S. programs. Sabbatical participants can apply by exception.
  • Non degree students must demonstrate substantial maturity, as well as ministerial and academic competence.
  • Students must have ongoing experience receiving spiritual direction.
  • English proficiency. An acceptable TOEFL score of 213 or above on the computer-based exam, 550 on the paper-based exam, or 79 on the new Internet exam, is required for an international applicant from a non-English speaking country.

For more information:
Sr. Ellen Keane
The Jesuit Collaborative
300 Newbury St.
Boston MA 02115
(617) 607-2855