What is Spiritual Direction?
God is the only real agent of growth in our lives, but a spiritual director is a trained listener, guide, and friend who walks with you on your spiritual journey. In a safe, confidential relationhip, you meet with a spiritual director, either in person or on the phone/internet, where you can reflect on your journey. It is not pyschological counselling. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like and share as little or as much as you want. You are always in charge of your own progress of spiritual growth.
What are the benefits of Spiritual Direction?
- gentle, non-judgemental guidance
- growth in your faith, hope, love, and prayer life (and all the ways they are expressed in your everyday living)
- help with discernment
- integrates your spiritual and daily life
- safe place to share hopes and struggles and pain
- greater meaning and purpose
How often do we meet together?
We typically meet for an hour monthly, but there are circumstances that may warrant more than once a month. Spiritual direction can be done one-on-one or in a group.
How can I get started?
Contact me and our first visit is free, usually meeting in a public, safe place so we can get to know one another and see if we are good fit.
Fees connected to spiritual direction:
$45-$90/hour (sliding scale available)
Further information about Spiritual Direction:
It was in 2006 that I began my training to be a Spiritual Director through the Peace Center at Sacred Heart Benedictine Monastery in Yankton, SD. It was a two-year program that was based in the contemplative tradition. We are busy people that need to slow down in order to hear the still, small voice of God. We also need to slow down enough to reflect on our lives and hear our own voice within. That is what Spiritual Direction offers.
Since my graduation from that program in 2008, I have been practicing Spiritual Direction one-on-one and in a group. I am also a member of Spiritual Directors International and Hearts on Fire (United Methodist Spiritual Directors Group) and subscribe to their ethical standards and practices.
St. Benedict is quoted as saying, “Life is prayer and prayer is life.” Whether or not that quote truly came from him, truer words were never spoken. Our life is our prayer and our prayer is our life – given up to God to be used by God. I would love to meet with you for Spiritual Direction.
“Spiritual companionship in the Christian life is a precious grace. Our journeys are not meant to be utterly alone. Trying to be faithful to God can be a lonely and trying path. We need each other. We grow best in community.”
— Marjorie Thompson, Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life
What others are saying . . .
“In so many ways, both large and small, Kathy has enriched my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She has enable my spiritual growth to move forward in ways I would have never thought possible. Her impact on my life, my faith and development will forever provide a foundation for my future understanding of God’s word and His desire for a relationship with me.”
— Leigh Anne
“Rev. Barba Pierce is an insightful and dedicated leader and Spiritual Director. By using the gifts of our spiritual mothers and fathers, she guides and nurtures spiritual growth in each individual. She encourages persons to move along their spiritual path at their own pace while gently challenging them to go deep within themselves. She has been a blessing in my spiritual journey.”
— Rev. Briggs
(group spiritual directee)