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Finding a spiritual director

A Xt3 Member asked at 6:05am on December 27th 2017
Hi Father,

I really need a spiritual director. All of the priests I know and trust are unable to do it. Is there a way to arrange being linked with a priest with the Archdiocese?

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Hi Ryan, I'm sorry, I don't know which Archdiocese you're referring to, but if it's Sydney, I think the problem is that those who normally provided spiritual direction were consecrated religious men, and often there aren't enough them around to take on the task of regular spiritual direction. Here's a few suggestions: why don't you approach the various centres of religious in the city - Dominicans, Jesuits, Carmelites and so on - if you haven't already done so - to see if there's anyone who'd have the time to meet with you even once a month. Another approach would be to get involved in one of the lay ecclesial movements in the diocese, where their approach is more to form people in living the Gospel according to the charism of their movement. Sometimes the movements will provide one-on-one spiritual advice from time to time as well. Hope that's a help.

Very best, Fr Brendan
Xt3's Ask a Priest answered at 11:22pm on January 7th 2018 reply
 

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