- SECOND YEAR
First Year Endorsements
the summer each intern makes a directed retreat of at least 5
the second year interns are also reading and writing reflection
papers on the mystery of Christ in the various liturgical themes
of the church year, in the parables of the Synoptic gospels, and
in the theme of human suffering, loss, death and resurrection.
This is to help maintain a Christian spiritual focus in the process
of learning to be contemplative and to listen with the Heart of
Christ when engaged in ministry.
begin in mid-September and end in May. They will be, monthly,
either a Saturday class (9:30 AM - 4:00 PM) or a weekend workshop
(Friday eve till Sunday, 12:30 PM). This second year will focus
on each intern engaging in some kind of ministry or apostolic
work that is supervised.
can choose from one of two tracks for their ministry:
One is the track of
spiritual direction and/or retreat guidance. This prepares
one for the ministry of regular ongoing spiritual direction,
small group retreat guidance, or spiritual conversation
in caregiving situations: e.g., Hospice, jail ministry,
Stephen's ministry, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.
The other is the track
for ministry in the home and/or workplace. With this option
interns can reflect in light of the Gospels and social analysis
methods on their experience in the family, in the work environment
or, if they wish, in some arena of concern for social justice.
intern is to have 12 meetings with a supervisor during their
second year to review his or her ministry and discern whether
they have a gift for the ministry he or she is engaged in. Most
of the 12 meetings involve the critical review of a verbatim
of a portion of a conversation the intern has had with a directee
or retreatant. Some interns know or soon discover that they
do not have the gift for one-on-one spiritual direction but
are better suited for ministries in a more structured situation:
in a jail or nursing home or Hospice care. Still others, a few,
are drawn more to a greater presence in their ministry in the
workplace or in the home. The Internship has a reflective process
for those who sense they are called to this.
integrating theme of the Internship is the Kingdom or Reign
of God. The meaning of any apostolic option an intern may choose
will be presented in this context. Each person in the program
is expected to receive ongoing spiritual direction while he
or she is in the program.
year ends with a personally directed retreat sometime during
the summer. The retreat is a minimum of 5 full days in length,
a maximum of 8 days.
(Photo: Kathy Daniels)
the focus of the first year is primarily on establishing
the theological and spiritual foundations of Christian ministry,
done in the framework of the Spiritual Exercises of St.
Ignatius, the second year is given primarily to the practice
and supervision of a particular ministry for which the intern
has discerned he or she is gifted. The class work is meant
to instruct the interns about various issues, contexts and
implications related to the Christian ministry of spiritual
direction and other ministries requiring listening skills
for caregivers. There are readings before classes intended
to prepare the interns for active listening and participation
in the monthly classes as well as to help keep their focus
on the Christian roots of their supervised ministry or ministries.
themes are addressed during the monthly classes, on Saturdays
1. Stages of
Spiritual Growth and Kinds of Prayer
2. Blocks and
Resistance in Listening
3. A weekend
workshop: e.g., Facing Our Fears of Deeper Intimacy
4. The Developmental
Stages of Sexual Growth; Contemporary Issues
5. The Myers-Briggs
Personality Inventory applied to prayer and work
6. The Male
and Female Spiritual Journey: Similarities and Difference
7. 12-Step Spirituality
for those struggling with addictions
8. A weekend
Immersion Experience with the poor in the county
jail, in a shelter for the abused, or with hospital
9. Ethical Issues,
Boundary Issues in Ministry
10. Grief Counseling
First Year Endorsements