Spiritual Direction can, more aptly, be called spiritual companioning. A qualified spiritual director accompanies a person on their life’s journey. Usually, in an hour session (scheduled monthly – or more or less frequently) you are invited to share life’s experiences: your prayer life, concerns, and how you see and hear God speaking to you are all part of the time together. The Holy Spirit is always considered the third person present at these gatherings. St. Teresa in her writings shared that “the primary principle of spiritual direction is that it is necessary since it affords some objective vision of one’s own spiritual state and, in that vision, calls forth humility and a greater dependence on the Lord.”
This goal can be achieved through the sharing of significant occurrences in our lives; such as, discerning a life choice, sharing a dream, discovering other ways to pray, or sharing what is “weighty upon one’s heart” and causing disquiet in one’s life.
Some of the gifts of spiritual direction are:
- Appreciating God’s experience in one’s life
- Integrating spirituality in daily life
- Celebrating joys and accomplishments in one’s spiritual journey
- Growing in a deeper relationship with God, oneself and others
Sr. Marlene Geppert, O.S.F.
Sr. Marlene is a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from Kirkwood, MO. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies from Creighton University, Omaha, NE. and Franciscan Studies from Tau Center in Winona, MN and a Certificate in Franciscan Spiritual Direction. Her diverse ministries includes 37 years in the field of education, vocation minister and 10 years of congregational leadership, and since 2012 has been blessed to be ministering at IL Ritiro Franciscan Retreat Center as Associate Director. Also, Sr. Marlene is available for Guided Retreats at Il Ritiro. She is a lover of nature and enjoys reading, walking, solitude time and celebrations. Phone : 636-274-0554 (Office) or Cell: 314-591-4048
Sr. Marian Boberschmidt, O.S.F.
Sr. Marian is a Franciscan Sister from Oldenburg, IN. She received her certification in spiritual Direction from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO and a Masters in Theology with a concentration in Franciscan Studies. She has over 30 years in pastoral ministries and has enjoyed living and working with others from various cultures. She loves companioning with spiritual seekers. Cell Phone: 314-397-1937
Scott Sparks has earned a graduate certificate in spiritual direction from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the American Association of Christian Counselors. His special interests include Franciscan Spirituality, contemplative prayer, addiction recovery, healing/deliverance, charisms, formation/consecration, and discernment of spirits. His mission is: to be a companion of those on the spiritual journey of growing closer to God by listening to God’s call and asking questions that help articulate what is happening and formulate a response. I am open to all spiritual backgrounds.