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Called to be a Spiritual Director ~ Year 1 Spiritual Director Practicum 2021-2022 (Online)

Spiritual Formation

Friday 09/10/2021 - Friday 05/20/2022
9:00am - 3:00pm EST


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

The Spiritual Director 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 2021-2022 Spiritual Director Practicum Year 1 program meets on Fridays from 9:00 am - Noon and 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

  • September 10, 2021
  • September 24, 2021
  • October 8, 2021
  • October 22, 2021
  • November 5, 2021
  • November 19, 2021
  • December 3, 2021
  • December 17, 2021
  • January 7, 2022
  • January 21, 2022
  • February 4, 2022
  • February 18, 2022
  • March 4, 2022
  • March 18, 2022
  • April 1, 2022
  • April 22, 2022
  • May 6, 2022
  • May 20, 2022

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.

Carmelita Switzer, OP

Spirituality Program Associate Coordinator

Carmelita Switzer, OP, serves as a staff facilitator and presenter for Dominican Center. She holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Aquinas College and a master’s in Biblical Studies from Providence College. She completed Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Formation Studies at Aquinas Institute on the campus of St. Louis University. Her ministries include teaching, pastoral ministry in a parish setting, and pastoral administration in a parish that had no priest. She has also spent time in ministry on behalf of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters as director of formation and as co-director of Pastoral Life for the Marywood Campus. Coming from a rural farm community background she loves Michigan’s many lakes and natural beauty and God’s creatures large and small. Study of spirituality and living an integrated contemplative and active lifestyle have been long-time interests and priorities.

Andy Rebollar

Apprentice and Spiritual Director

Andy Rebollar is a Dominican Apprentice for the Spiritual Direction Practicum, a spiritual director, writer, and speaker. For more than 19 years, he has served the church in various roles ministering to youth, young adults, and adults, nationally and internationally. Andy loves the journey that God’s invitations have led him on, especially the people and places.


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 South Bend, Indiana, also accepts credits from Dominican Center’s Spiritual Director Program.

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