Spiritual Accompaniment Course
September 2018 - May 2019
Spiritual Accompaniment in the Ignatian tradition is based on the assumption that God is present and active in our lives and that through reflection and prayer we can become more sensitive to this presence. Through discernment, and sometimes with the accompaniment of another person, we are invited to 'find God in all things’, to notice how God is drawing us in our everyday, concrete experiences and how we respond to this invitation of God.
Purpose of the course
This course is for people who wish to explore the skills and gifts of accompanying others on their faith journey. It is based in the Ignatian tradition, drawing its inspiration from the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.
As a broad based course it is expected that participants will find different uses for what they learn - for example, informal spiritual conversation, prayer guiding, general use in ministry/life, beginning to offer individual spiritual accompaniment. A significant part of the course will involve ongoing discernment for each person about whether, and in what ways, they are called to accompany others in faith.
The Course consists of Four Modules:
Structure of the courseThe course will include different methods of learning and reflection, such as:
Comparable courses will be considered. Given the nature of the course, which includes group work and experiential training, a high degree of attendance is expected from participants.
Personal Spiritual Accompaniment and Retreat
Participants are expected to be receiving ongoing Personal Spiritual
Accompaniment during the course - the ISC can provide names of those
offering Spiritual Accompaniment if necessary.
Practice of Spiritual Accompaniment
Participants are expected to be developing a practice in spiritual accompaniment, accompanying two or three people regularly so as to be able to apply course learning and reflect about practice.