Spiritual Direction Internship Program

2-Year Intensive Training in the
Ignatian Tradition

Spiritual Directors in training will learn how to help a person listen contemplatively to God’s movement in his or her life through the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. The 2 year intensive internship is designed for those interested in being a practicing Spiritual Director. This is a non-degree program with a certificate of completion given at the end of the program.

Featured Classes

Year 1 - 2022-2023

Content to include three main texts and numerous assigned articles on the nature of spiritual direction, how it differs from  counseling, desires in Ignatian tradition, discernment, resistance, listening skills, fostering a contemplative attitude and helping people notice key interior movements. There will be much work in triads to develop listening skills and self-confidence in the art of spiritual direction.

Tuition: $1,500
16 Sessions
6pm – 9pm

August 24
September 7
September 21
October 5
October 19
November 2
November 16
December 7

January 4
January 18
February 1
February 15
March 1
March 15
March 29
April 19

Year 2 - 2023-2024

Sessions will focus on:
• Advanced topics in spiritual direction
• Group supervision
• Individual supervision with an experienced
  spiritual director
• Verbatims of actual sessions with directees
• Proper use of sacred scripture
• Various formats of giving the Spiritual Exercises
• Opportunity to direct Ignatian retreat under supervision

Tuition: $1500
16 Sessions
Dates: TBD


The Internship will be led by Fr. Paul Macke, SJ  along with Fr. Richard Bollman, SJ,  Marc Greenberg, Todd Long, Mary Anne Reese, Fran Repka, RSM, Donna Steffen, SC, Fr. Bob Thesing, SJ, and other trained Spiritual Directors.

Fr. Paul Macke, SJ

Fr. Paul Macke, SJ is the Jesuit Mission Coordinator at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford. Previously, he served 7 years as Executive Director of Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House just outside Chicago. He is well-experienced in retreat ministry, having served in pastoral ministry in Alaska for 17 years. Following his years in Alaska, he was appointed Secretary for Pastoral Ministries and Jesuit Life for the Jesuit Conference of the United States in Washington, DC. He holds an MA in counseling and D.Min. in pastoral psychotherapy.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Men and Women 30+ years of age
  • Preference for those with a background in ministry, theology, counseling or related field
    i.e. experience in teaching, helping profession
  • Able to thrive in group learning environment
  • Able to be vulnerable in both individual and group supervision
  • Participate in spiritual direction throughout the internship
  • Make a Retreat in Everyday Life (19th Annotation) or 7-day Privately Directed Retreat
    (both Ignatian retreats) by the end of year one
  • Commitment to attend all of the sessions
  • Ability to attract and retain directees 
  • Willingness to take classes in Sacred Scripture and Theology, if needed
  • Commitment to read and complete assignments
  • Must purchase main text books (supplemental resources will be sent electronically)
  • Complete application with a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Interview with members of the core staff
  • Submit two letters of reference
  • Prior to seeing directees, must be AoC Safe Environment trained along with a background and fingerprint check


Application period for 2022 – 2024 class is closed.