Activities & off-campus events

Nourishing Hope through Spiritual Direction

Saturday, October 28, 2017

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine

Can spiritual direction assist in finding and sustaining hope in the midst of the divisions and controversies of our day?

Join us on Saturday, October 28, as we address this question and celebrate the 20th anniversary of St. Kate’s Spiritual Direction Certificate Program.

Order of events

All activities will take place in the Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine:

Time Activity
1 p.m. Welcome and Conversation with Kay Vandervort, program founder
1:30 p.m. Keynote address, “Nourishing Hope through the Spiritual Direction Relationship,” by Elizabeth Liebert, SNJN
2:30 p.m. Social Break
3 p.m. Workshop Sessions:
“The Art and Practice of Supervision for Spiritual Directors” – Pam Santerre and Mary Noble Garcia
“Spiritual Practices in Inter-faith Spiritual Direction” – Susan Stabile
“The Practice of Group Spiritual Direction” – Lois Lindbloom
“Listening Practices for Healing” – Cynthia Bailey Manns
4:15 p.m. Transition Break
4:30–5 p.m. Words of Wisdom and Reception

After briefly sketching the major developments in the ministry of spiritual direction over the past 20 years, we will focus on the potential for spiritual direction to address the personal and social anxiety that has afflicted so many individuals and communities. We’ll also explore how stories and simple spiritual practices can help awaken and sustain the foundations of hope for the long haul.

Guest speaker

Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM is a co-founder of the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she has been teaching spirituality for 30 years. She also works in formation for her religious congregation, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Her recent writings include The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making and The Soul of Discernment: A Practice for Communities and Institutions, both published by Westminster John Knox.


Questions? Contact Christine Luna Munger at