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Presence Journal


As of September 2019, members will have the opportunity to view the four most recent issues of our beloved flagship publication on-line. These aren't just digital files, but  fully searchable high-resolution flipbooks, crafted for an enjoyable and immersive reading experience. If you're a member, please enjoy this new feature right away.


If you're not a member, you can still see what it's like.

One issue is freely accessible to anyone. smiley (See below.)

We're excited about this new development. We hope you are, too. - Editors

Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes thought-provoking articles on topics of interest to spiritual directors and everyone interested in creating healing, peace, and justice through the ministry and service of spiritual companionship.

The goal of Presence is to identify current trends in the field, to provide background and resources for spiritual directors as well as others interested in the ministry and service of spiritual direction, and to look ahead at what might be developing in the future. In 2014 we celebrated twenty years of Presence publications, featuring provocative articles written by spiritual directors all over the world.

Presence is published in March, June, September, and December. Currently, Presence is read by more than seven-thousand subscribers and members of SDI, and can be found in major theological libraries and formation and training centers around the world. Presence is included with membership, and non-members may also subscribe.

In addition to feature articles, Presence includes book reviews specifically of interest to people involved in spiritual care as well as reflections, artwork, and poetry.

Become a member of SDI and receive Presence along with many other benefits.


Need to find an article in Presence on a specific topic? SDI has compiled each article, poem, and review from every past issue of Presence. Search the Presence 23.4 index to locate the volume and issue you need!


Subscribe to Presence

You can subscribe to Presence, and order back issues of the journal, by visiting our secure online store.

Presence Subscription Rates:
USA USD$42.95
International USD$52.95
Institution and Libraries (USA) USD$52.95
Institution and Libraries (International) USD$60.95

Reviews of Presence

"Presence is absolutely unique and provides resources no other publication offers."

—Susan Rakoczy, IHM, PhD, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

"I look forward to the arrival of Presence and being fed by the richness and diversity of the articles"

—Br. Ignatius Feaver, OFMCap, Ontario, Canada

“SDI deepens my understanding of the beauty of the Divine Spirit residing in each one of us. Every month, when Presence enters my home, I know I will be enriched with its content of practical application and inspiration."

—Ilse Wefers, Oregon, USA

“Presence enhances my awareness, affirms me, and provides fodder for my own journey.”

—Dawn Cogger, North Carolina, USA

“Thank you for the connection with others who are called to similar work and for the wonderful resources found in Presence magazine.

—Helen Stegall, Arkansas, USA

"Thank you for the exceptional SDI publication, Presence. The sensitivity and thoughtfulness of the contributors, the breadth of topics, and the multi-cultural and inter-spiritual offerings stimulate connection and contemplation.

It is with deep appreciation and eagerness that I engage with the poetry, the artwork, and the writings which nurture my own spiritual expansion.”

—Michele Tamaren, Massachusetts, USA

“This amazing resource [Presence] is one of my great sources of spiritual nourishment and knowledge as I continue in my work as a spiritual director.”

—Jackie Leksen, Washington, USA

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