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Called to be a Spiritual Director ~ Year 1 Spiritual Director Practicum 2022 - 2023 (In-Person)

Spiritual Formation

Friday 09/09/2022 - Saturday 05/13/2023
6:30pm - 3:30pm EST


A Spiritual Director holds sacred the many stories heard in a one-on-one relationship or in a trusted group.

The Spiritual Director Year 1 Practicum…

... is filled with contemplative spiritual practices, prayer study, and shared reflection
strengthens our ability to stay present
... attunes our listening to sense how the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and in the lives of others
... looks to Spiritual Giants to mentor participants during the formation process
...reminds that the ultimate healer holds up director and directee in all ways

Using an Ignatian spiritual framework, you are encouraged to find meaning in every moment. You are given space to deepen your relationship with God - the God who loves us into life. Through the process, move closer to uncovering your authentic self that guides the discernment of your calling.


The 2022-2023 Spiritual Director Practicum Year 1 program meets on Friday evenings, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Saturday mornings, 9:00 am - Noon; and Saturday afternoon, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.

  • September 9 & 10, 2022
  • October 7 & 8, 2022
  • November 11 & 12, 2022
  • December 9 & 10, 2022
  • January 13 & 14, 2023
  • February 10 & 11, 2023
  • March 10 & 11, 2023
  • April 21 & 22, 2023
  • May 12 & 13, 2023


Registration for our 2022-2023 Practicum Yr. 1 class is closed at this time.  Please check back early next year for the announcement of our 2023-2024 dates and times. 

Spiritual Director Practicum Facilitators

Diane Zerfas, OP

Spirituality Program Coordinator

Diane Zerfas, OP, is Dominican Center’s spirituality program coordinator. She 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 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.

Anna Bonnema

Dominican Center Apprentice & Spiritual Director

Anna Bonnema is an open-armed Catholic. She is a lover of words and of nature, and is fueled by tea, lattes, and dog snuggles. Anna is wife to a man with a contagious laugh and mom to amazing teenage triplets. She teaches part time at Hope College — including a class by the name The Art of Listening —  and runs a peer mentoring program for students who are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. Anna is a spiritual director, and loves the practice of listening well. You can read Anna’s writing on the Live Today Well blog.


Tuition, Fees + Prerequisite

  • Tuition: $2,000
  • Application fee of $25 is required
  • Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality
  • Tuition includes instruction and facilitation by the Dominican Center Formation Team, individual mentoring sessions with a seasoned Spiritual Director, and materials provided before each session
  • Fees do not cover the cost of required textbooks

Formation Intensive Held Via Zoom

More Information

For more information, please visit our Called to be a Spiritual Director page.

Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gives credit hours to participants completing the Spiritual Director Program at Dominican Center at Marywood. The Graduate Theological Foundation in Sarasota, FL. , also accepts credits from Dominican Center’s Spiritual Director Program.

Practicum Overview, Applications, and Recommendation Forms

Register for Dominican Center's Spiritual Director Practicum - Year 1

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