Spiritual Direction Offered by Sisters of St. Joseph

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a meeting with a director who is trained in the art of spiritual listening.  It nurtures a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human in relationship with the divine.  A space is created for one to learn and grow in their spirituality. Persons seeking direction share stories of their encounters of the divine, or how they are experiencing spiritual issues.  It is not counseling or psychotherapy.  The Christian practice of spiritual direction dates back to the third and fourth centuries when people sought the wisdom of the desert mystics.

If you seek spiritual direction, the following Spiritual Directors are available to support you on your journey.

Spiritual Directors:

  • Baya Clare, CSJ, bayaspd@gmail.com
  • Marian K. Diaz, DMin, mdiaz@wisdomwayscenter.org
  • Mary Lamski, CSJ
  • Jill Underdahl, CSJ


Group Spiritual Guidance

What is Group Spiritual Direction? (excerpted from Shalem)

flower-in-black-and-whiteGroup 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 Carondelet Center’s website 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 to learn the suggested guidelines to help you find a spiritual director.

Download Wisdom Ways’ Spiritual Resource Booklet