Spiritual Direction Formation Courses

In this time of somewhat confusing change, do you want to help others in their search for God? Are you a person others are drawn to confide in? Do you feel drawn to accompany others in their faith lives? If your answer is "yes" you may already be a spiritual director may be interested in training to become one. We believe there is a need for spiritual guides - people willing to walk with others in their journey of faith - in our society.

Diploma in Spirituality

Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s.

Applications for the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction), validated by Maynooth, are accepted between January and April each year for the course starting the following September.

Supervision Training

Manresa offers training in supervision for spiritual directors.

The course combines on-site training with long-distance supervision and mentoring over the course of a year.

Practicum in Retreat Direction

Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality offers a Practicum in Retreat Direction to experienced spiritual directors.

This programme is complementary to the two-year course in Spiritual Direction, and offers further mentoring, specifically in directing retreats, and allows the intern to work under supervision in the contexts of Manresa’s comprehensive programme.

Manresa Graduate Network

Manresa has trained people in spiritual direction for some 40 years, and so has a considerable number of graduates who engage in spiritual accompaniment throughout Ireland and around the world. Events and courses are organised regularly to support and develop the skills of those who continue to practice spiritual accompaniment.