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Leading Group Spiritual Direction Practicum (In-Person)

Spiritual Direction

Monday 09/19/2022 - Monday 04/17/2023
6:30pm - 9:00pm EST

Spiritual Directors are invited to join us for the Leading Group Spiritual Direction Practicum (in-person) beginning this September.

In this 8-session offering, participants develop the background and skills necessary to form and facilitate contemplative spiritual direction and group spiritual direction. In addition, each participant will facilitate a spiritual direction group as part of the practicum experience.

Through prayer, experiential learning, small group sharing, and reflection, participants will immerse themselves in the process of guiding groups while being mentored in the actual experience of facilitation. Participants are expected to be spiritual directors who have a desire to be present to God on behalf of others, to grow as contemplatively, and have an experience of group dynamics.


The Leading Group Spiritual Direction Practicum meets monthly, 6:30 - 9:00 pm:

  • September 19, 2022
  • October 3, 2022
  • November 7, 2022
  • December 5, 2022
  • January 2, 2023
  • February 6, 2023
  • March 6, 2023
  • April 17, 2023



With a long history and love for teaching in the church, I'm well acquainted with the tension and discomfort that often builds in the silence when we ask a question or invite a new perspective. In the Group Spiritual Direction Practicum, we gain a new appreciation of the holiness and possibilities that silence makes room for, holding space for the Spirit to speak.
~ Chris Slabbekoorn, Spiritual Director



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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Leading Group Spiritual Direction Practicum Facilitator

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.

Geralyn Myczkowiak

Spiritual Director, Educator, Presenter

Geralyn Myczkowiak (pronounced mitch cove e ack) completed the Spiritual Director Practicum at Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2019. She practices spiritual direction at Dominican Center, Design Futures, and in her home office. Geralyn leads spiritual book studies and teaches classes on listening, happiness, and Thomas Merton. She is a former Michigan public and private school teacher, ISD administrator, and educational consultant. Geralyn is a mother, sister, daughter, and grandmother. Her intent is to journey with others as they experience God’s love and unity in their daily lives.

Chris Slabbekoorn

Spiritual Director

Chris Slabbekoorn completed her training in spiritual direction at Dominican Center in 2012.

She enjoys gardening and traveling, and has a great curiosity for the process of spiritual formation, and a love for walking with others on their journey.


In-Person Gatherings

We will gather in person for the Leading 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.

Registration Information

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Registration fees support the ongoing mission of Dominican Center Marywood.


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