SD2: Directing Prayer


The participants will learn the foundational dynamics of spiritual direction through reading, lectures, and discussions. SD 2 will expand upon what students have learned in SD 1, deepening their experiences on the road to expand their own spiritual enlightenment while teaching them how to assist others traveling the same path.  The principal focus on SD2 is on offering spiritual direction to help directees deepen their lives of prayer. It will be taught with spiritual direction students specifically in mind and make up a part of the Spiritual Direction program. See the program description for more details.

It is conducted online through a combination of interactive online video conferenced meetings in the evening, reading assignments, and asynchronous online discussions and videos through the Schoology educational software platform. It is 2 credits and will follow the Saint Vincent academic calendar.

Registration deadline: Jan 4, 2024.

Registration will be limited to 25 students per course.

IMSD602 – SD2: Directing Prayer

Taught by Father Boniface Hicks, OSB Pre-requisite: IMSD601 Time: Thursday evenings 8:00-9:15pm ET (interactive video conference on Zoom) and one pre-recorded lecture each week. Topics include:

  • Prayer as a relationship
  • Directing through desolation and nights
  • Poverty, silence, hiddenness
  • Liturgical prayer, lectio, adoration
  • Discerning God’s Will

Note: this is a required course for the Spiritual Direction program, but all who have completed SD1 are welcome to take it for credit or to audit. Click here for registration instructions.