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Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute
Thursday, 7 April 2016
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

At the 1990 Leadership Institute (formerly called the Symposium), Lowell Glendon acted as a scribe for the group and created a portrait of a trained spiritual director. It identified four key characteristics of a trained spiritual companion. At the time of its creation it was said, “Several times these days, along with narratives of miraculous proclamation and intellectual stimulation, both of which we have heard, there is also a suggestion of being inebriated, some loss of control, lack of clear focus, and a sense of abandon to unbridled forces.”

Building on this historic document, what does the portrait gallery of a spiritual director look like in 2016? What diversity exists in the gallery of people emerging from formation and training programs? Come explore, revisit, and redefine your own portrait and the portrait of graduates you train.

Leadership Institute participants will:

  • use the wisdom of a historical process as a framework to energize programs and individuals with emerging wisdom (see documents below);
  • engage in a process that informs, enhances, and contributes to the ongoing betterment of the formation and training of spiritual directors; and
  • use creative mind, body, spirit experiential learning as part of the revisiting structure.

Before the Leadership Institute, please review the 1990 Portrait of a Trained Spiritual Director and The Five Principles of Spiritual Direction Training Programs and consider what aspects apply today and what characteristics you would add or change.


Program Staff and Faculty USD$175
Non-Program Staff and Faculty     USD$225
Tuition includes midday meal. Register now!

2016 Presenter

Mary T. Hogan, MPS, is the executive director for the Claret Center, a spiritual director, a creative curious seeker, and an inspired jewelry designer. She received her bachelors degree in psychology from Illinois State University and her masters degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University Chicago. She received her advanced Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Loyola University. Mary is enjoying a second career after retiring from twenty-five years in corporate finance. Mary has co-facilitated a spiritual direction practicum program, and provides training in use of creative medium in spiritual companioning.

2016 Planning Team

Lucy Abbott-Tucker, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Elsy Arevalo, LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality, Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA
Care Crawford, Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, California, USA
Mary Hogan, Claret Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Mary Lou Logsdon, Institute Chair, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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