Graduates’ Day February 2019 -Safeguarding and spiritual direction
The formal input on this Graduate Day will be in the morning only. Participants are welcome to depart after lunch or even more welcome to take an ‘oasis afternoon’. Members of the Retreat Team will offer some brief input ("What's on my bookshelf" and "Pointers for prayer") and suggestions for a fruitful afternoon which might allow you consider:
- spending some time in quiet, prayer and reflection
- spending time with your year, group meeting, or one-to-one meeting
- availing of some pointers for prayer and reflection which will be offered after lunch
- catching up with someone for a longer spiritual conversation than such days usually allow
- joining a small faith-sharing group.
We will conclude the afternoon with mass at 5:00 p.m. Awareness of safeguarding has become central to the church’s pastoral activity. The Ministry of spiritual direction brings its own perspectives and questions. This morning will be an opportunity to examine the spiritual directors' responsibilities in the light of statutory policies and consider what best practice means in the context of spiritual accompaniment. Among the aspects which will be considered are what it means to be a mandated person, balancing expectations of confidentiality and reporting and attention to boundaries.
The input on this Graduate Day will be in the morning only. Participants are welcome to depart after lunch or even more welcome to take an ‘oasis afternoon’ spending some time in quiet, prayer and reflection – for which pointers will be offered after lunch.
The morning’s session will be conducted by Saoirse Fox, a registered systemic psychotherapist who has worked and trained in child protection and safeguarding in church contexts. Saoirse previously worked with young people in social care and social work. She is currently Safeguarding Delegate for the Irish Jesuit Province.