There seems to always be a need for good Spiritual Directors – those men and women who have a special gift and are trained to guide the People of God on their faith journey. The Diocese of Alexandria is no different and is in great need of Spiritual Directors for its people.

Therefore, the Diocese has partnered with the Archdiocese of New Orleans Spirituality Center Formation Program in offering a certification course for those interested in this type of ministry. This program is a two-year Spiritual Director internship that is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Classes will be one day per month, on either weekdays or weekends.

An informational meeting will be held for those interested in the ministry of spiritual direction on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Center. Information will be presented by Mike Van Vranken, spiritual director and co-author of Faith Positive in a Negative World.

This informational meeting will further define spiritual direction, as well as the roles of both the spiritual director and the directee.
Anyone interested in beginning the journey to become a certified spiritual director must complete an application process with prerequisite requirements and pay a fee for the program costs. Prerequisites include living a life of prayer, being a member in good standing within one’s own church parish, having the gift of discernment, as well as having personally experienced ongoing spiritual direction. Applicants must also attend a directed retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, make one of two Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius “30-Day Retreat” or “19th Annotation,” have an adequate background in the study of theology, currently be involved in or plan to be involved in a ministry which includes some form of spiritual direction as a component, and have the ability to attend all aspects of the program and complete the required course materials. The fee for the two-year program is $2,000.00, which does not include textbooks or housing if it is required.

For more information or to register for the informational session on Sept. 12, please contact Deacon Richard Mitchell at or 318-445-6424 ext. 206.