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Internship

Spiritual direction helps us listen contemplatively to God’s movement in our lives.

Bellarmine offers a three-year training program for Spiritual Directors focusing on the dynamics of spiritual direction in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.  A spiritual director in training will learn how to help a person listen contemplatively to the movements of the Holy Spirit.

The three year program presents the foundational principles in Ignatian Spirituality and Christian decision-making.  Theory and practice combine to develop skills in fostering intimacy with God and discernment of God’s presence and action.  These skills apply to the life of the director and the person they assist in spiritual direction.

Meet the Instructors

Mrs. Lynn Sprehe, M.A. Psych., MPSis a Spiritual Director trained in the Ignatian Tradition and Coordinator of the Spiritual Direction Internship Program.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with graduate degrees in Pastoral Studies and Clinical Psychology.  In addition, Lynn enjoys offering workshops based on Ignatian Spirituality and sharing Ignatian Spirituality to individuals and small groups.  She is married and the mother of three sons.

Fr. Richard McGurn, SJ, M.A. Psych., M.Div, was ordained in 1975.  He directed the internship for spiritual directors at the Jesuit retreat house in Cincinnati.  He has served the major superior of the Chicago Jesuits as his executive assistant and as director of formation for young Jesuits preparing for ordination and ministry.  Just prior to coming to Bellarmine, he was superior of the Jesuit community at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.