Formation in Spiritual Accompaniment Program – Year 1

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Date Start:  July 21, 2024
Date End:  April 30, 2025

The ISCM will offer the Spiritual Accompaniment Formation Program, Year 1, beginning with a summer intensive, and continuing in the Fall and Winter with a combination of online meetings and in-person weekend training sessions.

The ISCM is committed to providing high quality spiritual formation and workshops to everyone, no matter their financial situation. We’ve been able to achieve this through the generous support of individual donors, group partners, and our volunteers.

Should your financial situation be a barrier to register for this formation or if you need to pay by cheque, please contact Lynn Barwell at [email protected] or at 514 756-0927 to discuss how we can help you get the support you need.

ISCM Formation in Spiritual Accompaniment Year 1

Program Overview

Are you called to become a spiritual director?  

  • Do people feel secure in sharing their thoughts and feelings with you?
  • Do you enjoy helping others evolve in their day-to-day lives?
  • Do you work or volunteer in a spiritual or pastoral setting?
  • Have you made the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola?
  • Have you been receiving spiritual direction for a few years?

If you’re answering Yes to most of these questions, you may want to consider applying to our Spiritual Accompaniment Formation Program!

About the program

Spiritual accompaniment is a calling to guide others on their life journey, through a personal prayer practice and by receiving spiritual direction.  

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Basic principles of Ignatian spirituality
  • Listening and accompaniment skills
  • Images of God
  • Rules for the Discernment of Spirits, Movements of the Spirit, Conversion cycle
  • Human, faith, and spiritual development notions.

 

Program Duration: Four years

  • Years 1 and 2 will allow you to gain a deep understanding of the ministry of spiritual accompaniment, and to develop foundational skills.
  • Years 3 and 4 will focus on how to accompany others in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Students will receive an attestation of studies after the first two years. Students who successfully complete the four-year program will receive an accreditation.

Our methodology 

The ISCM believes in a formation process of the whole person, based on developing three pillars – Being, Doing and Knowing – that are essential for a spiritual director to create a sacred space to “capture and hold” on to another person’s story.  To support this training, we use:

  • Teachings, Readings, Case Studies, Real plays
  • Experiential learnings to build on your personal qualities and listening and accompaniment skills
  • Large/small group discussions and feedback, Peer/individual supervision sessions
  • Spiritual Conversation in the Ignatian tradition
  • Supervised accompaniment beginning in Year Two

 

Admission criteria

  • Received at least two years of spiritual accompaniment from an Ignatian Spiritual Director
  • Belong to a recognized Christian-based community
  • Made the full Spiritual Exercises; we may consider candidates willing to make the Exercises in Year 2 if they want to complete Years 3 and 4 of the program.
  • Recommendation from your Spiritual Director
  • Recommendation from someone well acquainted with your work or volunteer efforts in a spiritual or pastoral setting
  • Complete the Candidate Application Form and Questionnaire

 

Fees & Schedule 

(Year 1 only, please see Year 1 Program Information for specific dates and fees)

Deadlines

  • Application form: May 30, 2024 (including a $50 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place)
  • Recommendation forms: June 10, 2024

Program Dates

Summer Intensive: Week-long training at the Villa Saint-Martin

Number of training hours: 30

Dates: Sunday, July 21, 2024 to Friday, July 26, 2024

Includes accommodations at the Villa Saint-Martin

This formation will begin with a summer intensive week-long training at the Villa Saint-Martin, (21269 Gouin Blvd. W., Pierrefonds) then continue during the fall and winter using a combination of online meetings and in-person weekend training sessions at the Wickham Centre (25 Jarry St. W., Montréal).

Summer intensive week at Villa Saint-Martin

(30 hours)

Sunday, July 21 to Friday, July 26, 2024

Fees: $500 for lodging and food; $330 facilitation

Fall semester 2024 

(36 hours)

Online classes (Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.)

September 11, 25

October 16

November 6, 27

December 11

In-person classes at Wickham Centre

(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Saturday and Sunday

October 5 and 6

November 16 and 17

Fees

$380 (includes course materials)

Winter semester 2025

(36 hours)

Online classes (Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.)

January 15, 29

February 19

March 12, 19

April 16, 30

In-person classes at Wickham Centre

(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Saturday and Sunday

February 8 and 9

April 5 and 6

Fees

$380 (includes course materials)

Deadline for applications is May 30, 2024. A $50 non-refundable registration fee is required. Recommendation forms must be submitted by June 10, 2024.   Candidates will be invited to an in-person interview with our Formation Director before being accepted into the program.

The ISCM is committed to providing high quality spiritual formations and workshops to everyone, no matter their financial situation. We have been able to achieve this through the generous support of individual donors, group partners, and our volunteers.

Should your financial situation be a barrier to register for a formation or a workshop or if you are required to pay by cheque, please contact Lynn Barwell at [email protected] or at 514 756-0927 to discuss how we can help you get the support you need.

We realize you may be booking your formation many months in advance and understand situations may arise where you will be forced to change or cancel your registration.   Should this occur, you will be able to withdraw from the program or course and receive a full refund less a $50 administrative fee, provided you inform the ISCM 14 days or more prior to the start date. Should you need to withdraw once formation has started, it may be possible for you to transfer your payment by registering for another program or course.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Lynn Barwell at [email protected] or at 514 756-0927 for any questions or concerns about our cancellation policy.

Before you register, please read and accept the cancellation policy