FAQ

FAQ

What is a Spiritual  Director?

A spiritual director is a trained and experienced facilitator of the spiritual journey who is grounded in prayer and growing in an intimate relationship with God. He/she assists the seeker in prayerfully discerning the movements of the Holy Spirit and in following the inspirations of grace.

What is the difference between spiritual direction and therapy/counseling?

In therapy, the focus is on a person’s problem areas with the goal of a healthy resolution of these issues.  The primary relationship is between the client and the therapist.

In spiritual direction, the focus is on finding and responding to God’s presence in all of life.  The primary relationship is between the individual and God.

What is the difference between spiritual direction and faith companioning?

Spiritual directors complete an extended training program which includes theory and practice in theology and spirituality.  Through deep contemplative listening, the director assists the seeker/directee in discerning the movements of the Holy Spirit and in following the inspirations of grace.

Faith companioning often involves some training.  Faith companions share their faith experience.

How long and how often would I meet with my director?

Each session is about an hour.  The frequency will be determined by your needs and the discernment of both the director and yourself.  Every 4-6 weeks is common.

Is there a cost for spiritual direction?

As lay spiritual directors, we invest financially in our ministry in terms of ongoing training, professional dues, supervision, education and materials.  Therefore, we accept donations towards our ministry.  $25-$50 is an average offering.

How do I find a spiritual director?

  • This website has a list of Louisiana directors who are members of LASD and who are currently taking new directees.
  • The Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans maintains a list of directors who have completed its training program.
  • Spiritual Directors International (sdiworld.org) maintains a list of qualified directors.
  • Sometimes a priest or minister offers spiritual direction or can assist with referrals.
  • Consider contacting retreat centers or monasteries in your area.
  • Ask friends, fellow seekers, your pastor or other parishioners for suggestions about reputable spiritual directors.