Spiritual Direction for Deacons

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The heart of the diaconate is found in intimate communion with Christ the Servant whom he was configured on the day of his ordination. The source of this communion is an interior life fostered by prayer and study, purified through the Sacrament of Reconcilation, sanctified by Holy Orders and nourished by the Eucharist. Without these, the deacon cannot hope to grasp his calling and fulfill his mission.

For the deacon, spiritual direction is an essential element in maturing the interior life. Properly understood, spiritual direction focuses on the deacon's relationship with Christ the Servant in terms of his marriage, family, ministry and and indeed the whole of his life. It can be defined as the help given by the director to the directee to be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to respond appropriately.

Deacon Dominic Cerrato, Ph.D.

Spiritual direction in the Catholic tradition is a form of pastoral ministry arising out of a relationship between the director and the directee. Its purpose is to enable the directee to listen and respond more effectively to God’s personal communication in his life. This, in turn, cultivates the interior life where the Holy Spirit is encountered and true transformation takes place.The ultimate goal of spiritual direction is to deepen the directee’s intimacy with Christ the Servant and to help him live out his diaconal vocation more effectively. It is about helping the directee to place his life more fully under the dominion of the Holy Spirit who is the primary spiritual director.

What is the goal of spiritual direction?

What is the role of the spiritual director?

In spiritual direction, the director merely assists the directee in a conversation with God. Here, God communicates directly with the directee and it is the directee who responds to Him. The role of the spiritual director is to help the directee to be more attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and encourage progress in the spiritual life. This progress is grounded in an active parish life, prayer and its many forms, the reading and study of Scripture, ongoing catechetical formation, along with frequenting of the sacraments especially Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

What kind of approach will be used?

Just as there are a number of schools of spirituality within the Catholic tradition, there are a number of valid approaches to spiritual direction. The Church has long recognized that living the faith is not a "one size fits all" proposition.  Respecting these other approaches to the spiritual life and drawing on them as the sessions progress, our initial approach is contemplative. In this approach, the spiritual director seeks to be in a contemplative posture of listening to both God and the directee.  As the director is listening, he is assisting the directee to be attentive and to “stay with” the movements of God within the depths of his or her soul. This more fundamental approach will provide the foundation to foster more particular spiritualties such as Marian, Ignatian, Carmelite, Dominican and Franciscan. In these cases, a particular spirituality is less chosen and more discovered within.   

There is a fee for this ministry