From May 2024 to May 2026, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary at St. Joseph Retreat House, will direct an intensive formation program to train men and women interested in becoming spiritual directors and guides of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

The program entails three two-week sessions of in-person instruction and practical training. In between each session, students will engage in the ministry of direction, accompanied by an approved supervisor.


To be considered for this program, we ask that you

  1. Currently have a spiritual director.
  2. Have completed a basic introduction to to Theology, Sacred Scripture, and the History of Christian Spirituality.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Have experienced at least an eight-day individually directed Ignatian retreat. Candidates are required to complete the full Spiritual Exercises before Session II of the program.

Cost for Session I – May 27 – June 7, 2024

  • Tuition $1,100
  • Room and Board*  $850

*There is limited space available for resident students during the program. Non-resident students will be responsible for their own lodging and transportation to and from St. Joseph Retreat House.

For further information, please contact us. 

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