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SDI Webinar: Midwife to a Movement - Spiritual Direction & the Legacy of Sister Mary Ann Scofield

Date: 
July 17, 2019 ~ Participate Live or Watch on Recording

Learn about one of the most impactful spiritual directors of the 20th Century

All Money Raised Goes to SDI's Diversity Scholarship Fund

 

Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, was a true pioneer of spiritual direction training. She co-founded Spiritual Directors International 30 years ago and perhaps more than anyone else served as a midwife to the birth of our movement. Former SDI Council member Sandra Lomasson wrote that "one of her [Mary Ann's] many gifts as a spiritual director was a developed capacity to see with the eyes of God what was not yet evident to the person with whom she sat." She helped people around the world from South Korea to Lithuania to understand how to be a good spiritual companion. And she always taught with a deep respect for the agency of the other. For her, spiritual companionship was "keeping company with gratitude." To those she sat with and those she trained, she was kind and wise, with deep integrity and a lively sense of humor.

This webinar is dedicated to telling her story. Please join us as we celebrate the life of someone who changed the course of spiritual companionship.

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Course Description

With the help of three spiritual companions who knew and worked with Sister Mary Ann Scofield, this webinar will offer insights and stories about her life and her approach to spiritual direction, quotes from her and video clips of her sharing her wisdom and her humor. It's a rare chance to glean inspiration from one of the people who led the way so that spiritual companionship could be made available to anyone, anywhere.

Those who participate in the webinar will:

  • Gain insight into one of the true pioneers of spiritual direction formation training
  • Hear from spiritual companions who knew Sister Mary Ann Scofield and can honor her legacy with personal stories and insights
  • Expand their sense of what makes a good spiritual companion and what provides fruitful training in spiritual direction through exposure to Sister Mary Ann's approach
  • Be invited to share in Sister Mary Ann's enthusiasm and vision by watching video clips of her
  • Listen to how spiritual companionship can create community as evidenced by Sister Mary Ann's efforts
  • In addition, an inspiring Presence article written by Sister Mary Ann will be made available to all registrants

 

Date & Time

The webinar will be presented live on July 17, 2019 at 1 PM (Seattle time). It will run 75 minutes. It is designed for spiritual directors and companions - as well as chaplains and other spiritual guides. But it will offer food for spiritual growth to anyone seeking a richer, more conscious life. We welcome all traditions and those who companion from no tradition. And please note, students who are training in listening-based spiritual care are also invited to join.

Please remember: the live session is recorded so you can watch at your convenience. So, don't worry if you can't make it on the 17th. You will be able to watch the recording whenever you like - and as often as you like - for at least a year after it is completed.

 

Tuition / Donation

To encourage wide participation, SDI has created a reduced price of $US19 for this webinar. All income from the webinar will go to our Diversity Scholarship Fund which helps those with financial need to pursue training in spiritual companionship.

Sister Mary Ann devoted much of her life to training spiritual directors, so we would like to invite everyone who is able to join us for this webinar. It's not just a chance to gain new insights into spiritual direction while learning about one of our pioneers. This is a chance to support the cause that Sister Mary Ann loved so dearly, a chance to open up our calling to anyone, anywhere who is motivated to serve through the art of deep listening.

For those who are so inspired and have the means, donations above $19 are welcomed  at the time of registration (just click the downward-pointing triangle next to "$19" when registering to display other donation amounts).

And please remember, if your financial situation makes this webinar too expensive, we invite you to apply for a scholarship here.  SDI is committed to making our educational resources available to all people.

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Seven years ago, SDI announced Sister Mary Ann's death this way:

Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, returned gently to God, Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Burlingame, California, USA. A beloved teacher, spiritual companion, mentor, and friend, Mary Ann was a founding member of Spiritual Directors International and served as the organization’s first executive coordinator in the late 1980s. Her deep passion for spiritual direction nurtured SDI from its humble beginnings, in her bottom desk drawer, to a global movement. Today, SDI is made of more than six thousand members in six continents. Mary Ann’s influence was global, and her impact, deeply personal. As a spiritual director, she trusted the movement of the spirit to help people recognize, claim, and share their distinctive gifts with the world. In her own words, “I do believe there is a unique image of the Divine that is placed in each of us and all the activity of the Divine in us is to bring us to that true self.”

 

Webinar Presenters

Lucy Abbott Tucker is one of the founding members of Spiritual Directors International's first Coordinating Council, along with Sister Mary Ann. She led the task force to write and establish SDI’s official Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for all spiritual directors, regardless of culture or tradition. She also co-chaired the SDI task force that developed our Portrait of a Spiritual Director and 5 Principles for Spiritual Direction Training Programs. Lucy has worked in adult formation and the preparation of people for the ministry of spiritual direction for 35 years. With an initial background in mathematics and education in 1983, she studied at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago where she obtained a Masters Degree in Theology. She worked for many years at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago and recently served as President of the Board of Directors for that organization. In addition, Lucy has been involved in retreats and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada, including her very popular SDI 5-day training workshops in spiritual direction supervision. Watch her wisdom in action in this SDI Learns video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU3SOEzZf1M .

 

 

Mary Waskowiak, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy born in San Francisco, California. She is part of the Mercy Center community in Burlingame, California, the same place where Sister Mary Ann lived and worked. She has ministered in the fields of secondary and seminary education, spirituality and spiritual direction, leadership and facilitation. Mary served in congregational leadership for 16 years, most recently as the President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  She also served in the Presidency for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) from 1996-1999.  As leader and facilitator Mary has visited and worked in 20 countries throughout the world.  She speaks Spanish. Mary’s strong interests lie in the areas of spirituality and leadership development as they are seen through the lenses of mercy, justice and global need, with particular attention to women and girl children.  She is an executive coach, having trained through the Center for Right Relations-Global and The Leadership Circle. She believes a deep spirituality born of human vulnerability is foundational to personal and social transformation. Mary has an M.A. in Pastoral Theology from the University of San Francisco and post-graduate certification in spiritual direction and Jungian psychology from the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago.

 

Brother Jack H. Mostyn, CFC, as a teenager,  turned down 15 athletic scholarships in order to join the Congregation of Christian Brothers. He spent many years as a coach and teacher before focusing on spiritual direction as a ministry and helping to develop several training programs. Before the founding of SDI, he served on a national committee with Sister Mary Ann to research the need for a nonprofit to serve the needs of spiritual directors. In the early years of SDI, he took a leadership role as chair of the Coordinating Council to expand membership and support the growth of training programs. Due to an unexpected conflict, Brother Jack will participate through a recorded message to all participants.

 

Additional Information

This is a single session webinar which will run 75 minutes.  We understand that the timing of the seminar will not be convenient in every time zone on the planet. A video of this session will be made available to all those who sign up.

Learning Objectives

Those who register for the webinar and participate will:

  • Gain insight into one of the true pioneers of spiritual direction formation training
  • Hear from people who knew Sister Mary Ann Scofield and can honor her legacy with personal stories and insights
  • Learn about how Mary Ann was a key catalyst to creating Spiritual Directors International
  • Expand their sense of what makes a good spiritual companion and what provides fruitful training in spiritual direction through exposure to Sister Mary Ann's approach
  • Be invited to share in Sister Mary Ann's enthusiasm and vision by watching video clips of her
  • Listen to how spiritual companionship can create community as evidenced by Sister Mary Ann's efforts

Who may join the webinar?

Everyone is invited to participate in SDI Webinars. 

Tuition :

$US19. All money raised through this tuition will be applied to SDI's Diversity Scholarship Fund..

For those who are so inspired and have the means, donations above $19 are weclomed - either at the time of registration or after the conclusion of the webinar.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this webinar to those facing financial hardship. Please apply here.

 

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