Foundations in Spirituality (online) : Strengthen Your Understanding of Spirituality and Open Your Heart to a Deeper Spiritual Life

The Foundations in Spirituality course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer and develops an appreciation of a contemplative attitude and presence, as basic to living a spiritual life.

Foundations in Spirituality is a 9- month serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that deepen our present spiritual journey. Explore the rich preaching of St. Dominic; the unbreakable faith of St. Teresa of Avila; the deep spirituality of St. John of the Cross; the life-giving wisdom of the Beguines; the fortitude of John Calvin; the deep courage of Howard Thurman; the daily prayerful life of St. Ignatius; and the lives of many more that enrich our own faith and spirituality.

 The course is open to all who desire to strengthen their understanding of spirituality and who thirst for opening their hearts to a deeper spiritual life.  The registration fee covers instruction and supplemental materials.  Required books are not covered under the registration fee.

Contemplative Instructors

Contemplative Instructors dedicated to life-long formation are:

Carmelita Switzer, OP ~ Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids for more than 60 years and Spiritual Director

Amanda Dobson ~ Spiritual Director and Living School  graduate from the Center for Action and Contemplation

Session Dates, Days, and Times

Dates and Times
The Foundations in Spirituality program meets Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • September 21, 2020
  • October 5, 2020
  • October 19, 2020
  • November 2, 2020
  • November 16, 2020
  • December 7, 2020
  • December 21, 2020
  • January 4, 2021
  • January 18, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • February 15, 2021
  • March 1, 2021
  • March 15, 2021
  • April 12, 2021
  • April 26, 2021
  • May 10, 2021
  • May 24, 2021

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Registration Fee

  • $600 - program cost
  • Books are not included in registration fee


Until it is possible to gather in person, the Spiritual Director Practicum will meet via Zoom. Help is available for those new to this technology. You will receive details regarding Zoom prior to our first meeting in September.

Questions, Information, and Registration

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