Spiritual Direction Internship Program

3-Year 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 3 year 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 - 2019-2020

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 facts. There will be much work in triads to develop listening skills and self-confidence in the art of spiritual direction.

Tuition: $1,000
14 Sessions
6pm – 9pm

September 25
October 16
October 30
November 13
December 11
January 8
January 22
February 5
February 19
March 4
March 18
April 1
April 15
April 29

Year 2 - 2020-2021

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

Tuition: $750
7 Sessions
Dates: TBD

Year 3 - 2021-2022

Sessions will focus on:
• Various formats of giving the Spiritual
• Group supervision
• Individual supervision
• Opportunity to direct Ignatian retreat
  under supervision

Tuition: $750
7 Sessions
Dates: TBD


Fr. Paul Macke, SJ

Fr. Paul Macke, SJ is the Jesuit Mission Coordinator and Director of Adult Ministry 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.

Fran Repka, RSM

Fran Repka, RSM is a Sister of Mercy of the Americas. She is a certified Spiritual Director who studied at the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Guelph, CAN. Fran is an experienced nurse and psychologist and was founder and Executive Director of Mercy Professional Services, a counseling center for the poor and underserved. She also taught classes at St. Mary’s Athenaeum, published several articles and led numerous workshops on Spirituality and Psychology throughout the world.

Resource Team: Richard Bollman, SJ, Joan Deiters, SC, Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN, Julie Murray, Todd Long, Donna Steffen, SC, Robert Thesing, SJ.

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 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 two
  • Commitment to attend most of the sessions
  • Ability to attract and retain directees in year two and three
  • 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 deposit (will apply towards tuition if accepted)
  • Interview with a member of the core staff
  • Submit two letters of reference
  • Prior to seeing directees, must be Virtus trained along with a background and fingerprinting check


Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2019 – May 1, 2019.  Internship will accept 6 – 12 participants.