Spiritual Direction

O God, who taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer: Collect for the day of Pentecost

We define Christian spiritual direction as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.

— William A. Barry, S.J. and William J. Connolly, S.J.
Center for Religious Development, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


The Episcopal Diocese of California cannot recommend individual spiritual directors, but encourages people to seek out spiritual guidance — formally or informally — in dialogue with their clergy. Spiritual Directors International is a useful place to learn more about the ministry of spiritual direction. Locally, Mercy Center in Burlingame offers individual and group spiritual direction, as well as training for people called to the ministry of spiritual direction.