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SDI in the Press

In February 2010, Spiritual Directors International was featured on PBS. This tremendous opportunity gave SDI a platform to discuss why spiritual direction is relevant in the twenty-first century. To read the full transcript, visit PBS.

Additional articles

Grant, Joe, Linda Reynolds, and Karen Simms-Tolson. Great Day Live.  WHAS11, 27 February 2015.

Dossa, Liz, "The Intersection Between Gladness and Hunger,"¡Viva! Mercy, February 2015.

Amy Sander Montanez, "Spiritual Direction—Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask," Building Faith, March 28, 2014.

Ellmann, Liz, and Rose Slavkovsky. Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd ed., s.v. "Spiritual Care", New York, New York, Springer, 2014.

Mitchell, Marissa, “Spiritual vs. religious,” ABC 33/40, June 11, 2012.

Wangsness, Lisa, “Growing demand for spiritual directors,” Boston Globe, May 6, 2012.

"John Phillip Newell Interview in the Presence Journal of Spiritual Directors International," Salva Terra News, March 1, 2012.

Cartaya, Erin, “Spiritual Directors International: Building a Community,” Liguorian, March 1, 2012.

Frykholm, Amy, “Holy listening,” The Christian Century, December 15, 2011.

"New form of religious life offers laity a Benedictine pathway" by Cheryl Wittenauer, National Catholic Reporter, May 13, 2011.

"Multi-faith Group 'Cultivating Compassion' in Atlanta for Spiritual Directors International 2011 Conference" The Cypress Times, March 28, 2011

Gallagher, Tom, "An Ancient and Contemporary Pathway to God," National Catholic Reporter, May 28, 2010.

Dossa, Liz, "A Ministry of Listening: Mercy Sister Reflects on Her 30 Years in the Art of Spiritual Direction," Catholic San Francisco, March 24, 2010, online edition.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Religion & Ethics News Weekly features spiritual direction, prayer, and members of Spiritual Directors International in "Spiritual Directors" February 26, 2010 episode.

Rodgers, Ann, "More People Turning to Spiritual Directors: Specialists provide guidance to those seeking deeper faith," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 17, 2010.

How do people pray today? Where do people learn to pray? Public Broadcasting Service(PBS) Religion and Education Newsweekly.

"Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care: The Report of the Consensus Conference" Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., The Journal of Palliative Care, Vol. 12., 2009.

"Certified Spiritual Guides" by Anndee Hochman, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 23, 2009.

"The Right Way to Pray?" by Zev Chafets, The New York Times, September 16, 2009.

"More Americans' spiritual growth nurtured within", by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, USA Today, January 13, 2008.     

World leaders need spiritual guidance by Douglas Todd The Vancouver Sun, April 16, 2007.

Sharing the journey of spirit: more people turn to spiritual direction as a spur to growth by Kris Berggren, National Catholic Reporter, May 26, 2006.

Spiritual Directors Help in the Quest for Harmony by K. Connie Kang, Los Angeles Times, July 3, 2004.

Diversity of cultures a magnet for spiritual conference by Ana Veciana-Suarez, The Miami Herald, April 17, 2004.

Spiritual directors help faithful strengthen relationship with God by Toni Weingarten.  The Dallas Morning News, March 25, 2004.

Spiritual Direction a Powerful Ministry by Lynda Pisa. Prairie Messenger Catholic Journal. January 30, 2002.

The Soul Mechanics by Edward Helmore. The London Evening Standard. August 17, 2000.

Must rush! I've got to see my spiritual director by Helen Kirwan-Taylor. New Statesman. July 17, 2000.


SDI Members in the Press

"Poems from the Field" Lauren K. Carlson, Pioneer Public Television, October 2016.

"Room for Hope: Why Justice Work Needs Contemplation" Lauren K. Carlson, Sojourners, October 2016.

"Coming Alive: One Encounter at a Time - Part 1" Diane Millis, Contemplative Journal, August 2016.

"Karen Erlichman: Rabbi in Everything But Title" Rebekah Moan, The Potrero View, July 2016.

"Daily Meditation: We Are Not Alone" Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post, 15 July 2015.

"A Breathtaking Presence" Rabbi Jacob Staub, The First Day, 7 January 2014.

 "Jesuit Shares His Experience as a Spiritual Director" Father Joseph Tetlow, National Jesuit News, 7 March 2011.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly features "Spiritual Direction" session on 14 May 2010 segment.

Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, Dr. Janet Ruffing, RSM, and Sandra Lommasson interviewed in: "A Ministry of Listening: Mercy Sister Reflects on Her 30 Years in the Art of Spiritual Direction" by Liz Dossa, Catholic San Francisco online edition, March 24, 2010.

Lauren Artress featured in "Ancient Labyrinths Enjoying a Resurgence" by Electa Draper, Denver Post, January 9, 2010.

Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Imam Jamal Rahman are featured on CBS Evening News. "Clerics Seek Peace through Humor, Dialogue" together with a video interview by CBS News correspondent John Blackstone, December 26, 2009. Note: Please practice peace and patience with the CBS video, which includes an advertisement to quit smoking before the video interview of the Interfaith Amigos.

Video: "Your Spiritual Journey: Spiritual Direction-Making a Difference in Your Life" by SCTV, December 18, 2008.


Spiritual Direction in the Press

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Kaczor, Christopher. "Pope Francis, Ignatius Loyola, and Positive Psychology," 25 September 2015.

Davis, Jayne Hugo. "The Spiritual Practice of Listening," 21 August 2015.

Shaw, Russell. "Why Spiritual Direction Is Good for Anyone Who Takes Faith Seriously," 26 June 2015.

Shaw, Russell. "Understanding the Place of Spiritual Direction," 25 June 2015.

Cimagala, Fr. Roy, "The Need for Spiritual Direction," 23 May 2015.

Tallman, Bruce, "Seekers Find Own Answers with Direction," 30 January 2015.

Blythe, Teresa, "Holy Terror! Spiritual Guides and Violence," 12 January 2015.

Liebengood, Kelly, "Pastoral ADHD rampant in United States," 31 October 2014.

Meyerriecks, Maryanne, "Busy College Students Find Time for Prayer at Retreat," 18 October 2014.

Hirsh, Kathleen, "On a Spiritual Journey, it's Good to Have a Soul Friend," 15 October 2014.

Sine, Christine, "Leadership as Spiritual Direction," 24 September 2014.

Spearie, Steven, "Spiritual Directors Help Others on Journey of Faith," 6 June 2014.

Routen, Barbara, "Nativity Pastor Leaves of Miami Seminary," 6 May 2014.

Martin, James, "From Fear to Calm," 8 April 2014.

Thommen, Kalli, "Spiritual Direction Program Emphasizes 'Knoweldge of Self,'" 25 March 2014.

Friedman, Stan, Spiritual Direction “Woven into Fabric of the Covenant,” 26 Februrary 2014.

Lardner, Emily, "Seeking Spiritual Direction in Everyday Life," 24 February 2014.

Boyd, Rev. Malcom, "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," 10 December 2013.

Salonen, Roxane B., "Living Faith: Spiritual Direction a Path to Clarity," 17 October 2013.

Dias, Elizabeth, "Meet the Woman Who Will Lead Evangelical Lutherans: 'Religious but Not Spiritual,'" 18 August 2013.

Hargett, Malea, “Spiritual directors’ training to fill void beginning in 2013,” Arkansas Catholic, 19 May 2012.

Cloud, Pam, “Class Prepares to Help Others on a Spiritual Journey,” Times Record, 11 May 2012, online edition.

Bordelon, Christine, “Archdiocesan Spirituality Center moves to suburbs,” Clarion Harold, 14 March 2012.

Ryan, Thomas, CSP, “Spirituality and the ‘millennials,’” Catholic San Francisco, 13 March 2012, online edition.

Portnoe, David, “Helping other make a deeper spiritual connection with God,” Jewish Community Voice, 25 January 2012.

Santilli, Vanessa, “Spiritual direction ‘helps in the discernment process,’” The Catholic Register, 11 January 2012.

Kopenkoskey, Paul R., “Franciscan Life Process Center opens Grand Rapids Campus,” The Grand Rapids Press, 3 December 2011.

“Spiritual Direction from a Salesian perspective,” ANS Salesian Info Agency, 14 November 2011.

Nelson Sankey, Becca, “Creating stewards: Franciscan Resource Center offers spiritual opportunities for all faiths,” Standard Times, 28 October 2011, online edition.

Hoffman, Roy, “For the low-income and uninsured Hope Center offers medical help and prayer,”Press-Register Living, 15 October 2011.

Finney, Peter, Jr, "Spiritual direction in archdiocese has important guidelines," Clairon Herald, 21 May 2011.

Zenit, Papal Address to the Teresianum, "How Can We Remain Indifferent to Such Love", English Translation by Pope Benedict XVI, 19 May 2011.

Wittenauer, Cheryl, "New form of religious life offers laity a Benedictine pathway," National Catholic Reporter, 13 May 2011.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, "Spiritual Direction," PBS, 13 May 2010.

University of Florida, "Center for Spiritual and Health" features SDI member Carol Ludwig, presenting "Spiritual Direction: Ancient Roots, Contemporary Resurgence." 12 May 2010.

Andres, Elaine, “Surrendering to God brings new awareness Religion,” Register-Guard, 6 March 2010.

"Choose Wisely: How to find a Spiritual Director," The Phoenix Spirit, January 2007.

Spiritual direction is a journey into mystery for this Jesuit, by Patrick Howell, SJ, as I see it for Company Magazine, 4 December 2005.

Erlichman, Karen. "Reflections on Spiritual Direction and Tikkun Olam," Tikkun, May/June 2005

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction: Conversations About Life in the Light of Faith by Marian Cowan, CSJ, Liguorian Magazine, online.

"Spiritual Directors" by Judy Valente. Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly, 14 July 2000, Episode no. 346.


Spiritual Direction and SDI in the Blogosphere

Emerson, Matt, "An Ignatian 'Spirituality of Study'," America Magazine, 17 October 2015.

Vinita Hampton Wright, "Spiritual Direction: Resource for Growth," Days of Deepening Friendship (blog), 12 January 2015.

SDI shares blog posts directly related to the ministry and service of spiritual direction and Spiritual Directors International.

"Young Jesuits Drawn to Spiritual Direction," The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus (blog), 20 December 2013

Teresa Blythe, "Self-Care for the Spiritual Director," Spiritual Direction 101 (blog), Pathoes, 1 October 2013.

Nicholas Knisely, “Spiritual direction booming,” The Lead (blog), Episcopal Café, 8 May 2012.

GodGoogler, “Millennials Want Spiritual Directors,” Googling God: Because we're all searching to unite with the divine (blog), 7 May 2012.

Deacon Greg Kendra, “Boston Globe: Growing demand for spiritual directors,” The Deacon’s Bench (blog), Patheos, 7 May 2012.

Robin, “Oh, To Find a Spiritual Director,” Metaroia (blog), 24 April 24 2012.

Jackie Trottmann, “What is Spiritual Direction and How to Find a Spiritual Director,” Guided Christian Meditation (blog), 27 January 2012.

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