Spiritual Direction Resources

Spiritual Direction Offered by Sisters of St. Joseph

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine. In spiritual direction space is created for one to learn and grow in their spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is experiencing spiritual issues.

Spiritual direction nurtures a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It is not counseling, psychotherapy, or financial planning. If you seek spiritual direction, the following CSJ Spiritual Directors are available to support you on your journey.

Spiritual Directors:

Elizabeth Kerwin, CSJ               651-641-0008
Mary Lamski, CSJ                       651-695-5387
Susan Oeffling, CSJ                    651-696-2757
Cathy Steffens, CSJ                   651-696-2760
Jill Underdahl, CSJ                    651-696-2873
Gina Webb, CSJ                         651-696-2757

Group Spiritual Direction


Group Spiritual Guidance, contact Cathy Steffens, CSJ, 651-696-2760 or csteffens@csjstpaul.org or Kathy Berken, 563-581-8488 or kathyberken@gmail.com

Two opportunities to learn about Group Spiritual Direction from Cathy Steffens, CSJ and Kathy Berken.   

Information sessions:

  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, Wednesday 9.30.15

  • 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, 9.30.15

Sessions will be held at the Carondelet Center, Room 112

Contact csteffens@csjstpaul.org or 651-696-2760


What is Group Spiritual Direction? (excerpted from www.shalem.org)

Group spiritual direction is a process in which people gather on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life. They are seeking support for their responsiveness to God and they agree to support others in that same responsiveness.

The depth of sharing necessary in group spiritual direction demands a level of trust not often found in other types of groups. This trust is not dependent upon similar personalities, mutual interests or common experiences; rather it is grounded in a trust of God's desire for each participant individually as well as the group as a whole.

What draws people to the group is reciprocity of desire, God's desire and their desire. Touched by God's desire, they want to make their desire for God the determining factor of all of their choices, and they recognize that they need some help to do this. This shared desire gives the group its coherence as well as a shared commitment to be there for one another in that desire. The group's primary task is to make the shared desire explicit and to hold one another in it.

Retreat Center


Carondelet Center welcomes individuals and groups to create their own retreats.

For catering, inquire at time of booking. Visit www.carondeletcenter.org or call 651-696-2741.

Wisdom Ways' Spiritual Resource Booklet


Since Wisdom Ways was established in 1994, we have worked to create a network of resources for spirituality in contemporary life and culture, and to serve and enrich theological education and spiritual opportunity. This resource booklet is a very tangible embodiment of these activities. Many people are seeking places, programs, and persons where the ongoing practice of spiritual guidance is available. Our region is rich in resources for deepening one’s spiritual life, and linking seekers with resources is the aim of this booklet.

Inclusion in this booklet is not an endorsement, nor is the list exhaustive; but we believe you will find it useful. While we have exercised care in our choices, we trust that you will use your own good judgment. In particular, read through the website for Spiritual Directors International, www.sdiworld.org, to learn the suggested guidelines to help you find a spiritual director.

Download Wisdom Ways' Spiritual Resource Booklet


Please browse Wisdom Ways' Spiritual Guidance program page, Transforming Soul and Society: A Spiritual Development Program. This program will begin in September 2015.

More Information

The application period for this program has passed. If you wish to be put on a waiting list for the upcoming session, please call 651.696.2788.