Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum (In Person)

Spiritual Direction

Monday 10/09/2023 - Monday 04/08/2024
6:30pm - 9:00pm EST

This 7-month Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum is for experienced spiritual directors who feel drawn to respond to a deeper layer of ministerial service as they offer sacred support and bear witness to other practicing directors.


The monastic practice of humility is an invitation to allow others to offer us wisdom, to recognize (become aware) that we don’t always have the answer ourselves.
~ Christine Valters Paintner


With a posture of humility and skilled encouragement, the supervisor will assist in recognizing shadows and strengths that make us more available to the Spirit through self-awareness and interior freedom. We will explore God’s movements during direction sessions, contemplative prayer using the Examen, models of peer group supervision, and the vital role of the supervisor as a steward of integrity for the process of peer group interaction.


We will gather in-person on second Mondays, 6:30-9:00 pm:

  • Oct. 9, 2023
  • Nov. 13, 2023
  • Dec. 11, 2023
  • Jan. 8, 2024
  • Feb. 12, 2024
  • March 11, 2024
  • April 8, 2024



  • $360 (books not included)


Dominican Center Marywood continues to monitor and adjust our pandemic response to gatherings. If you have personal health concerns, please request seating at tables specifically designated for social distancing and masking.


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Diane Zerfas, OP

Spirituality Program Coordinator

Diane Zerfas OP is the Spirituality Program Coordinator for Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, and is deeply involved in the center’s Spiritual Formation programs through the planning and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality and the Spiritual Direction Practicum. She holds bachelor’s degrees in math, chemistry, theology, and education from Aquinas College; master’s degrees in Arts in Religious Studies and in Pastoral Studies; a Specialized Certificate in Parish Life and Administration; and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Sister Diane Zerfas has ministered in many ways, including teaching high school as well as serving as formation director for Grand Rapids Dominicans, initiation and evangelization director at St. Mary Magdalen in Kentwood, Diocesan director of RCIA for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, co-director of Pastoral Life at Marywood, and leadership team member for the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.

Amanda Dobson

Spiritual Director, Apprentice, Foundations in Spirituality Facilitator, Tending the Call Facilitator

Amanda Dobson is an associate coordinator for the Spirituality Programs at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College.  She serves as a member of the Formation Team and is deeply involved in the center’s Spiritual Formation Programs through the facilitation and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality, Tending the Call, and Preparing for Advent. Amanda holds a B.A. in English, a certificate for Spiritual Direction from DCM, and is a 2019 graduate of The Living School, Albuquerque, NM.  She is a wife and mother of three and lives in Ada, Michigan.

Esther Yff-Prins

Spiritual Director, Centering Prayer Facilitator, Presenter

Esther Yff-Prins listens to sacred stories in spiritual direction and mentors aspiring spiritual directors. She writes poetry and lives an intentional, contemplative life.

Details for the Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum

In-Person Gathering

We will gather in person for the Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, 1700 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI. Directions and parking information can be found here.


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Registration fees support the ongoing mission of Dominican Center Marywood.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Dominican Center via email at dcmvillage@dominicancenter.com.

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