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Spiritual Director Retreat Practicum

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Wednesday 01/19/2022 - Wednesday 05/18/2022
6:30pm - 9:00pm EST

The Spiritual Director Retreat Practicum is for experienced Spiritual Directors who feel a call to journey with directees in a silent retreat setting. In this practicum, we will:

  • Explore the dynamics of daily prayer on retreat
  • Understand the unique rhythm and movement on retreat
  • Use the insights of Ignatius of Loyola, David Benner, and Shirley Sullivan to help us be ready and available to retreatants in the unique environment of a directed retreat.

Spiritual Director Retreat Practicum participants will be given opportunities to provide supervised direction within Dominican Center Marywood retreats.


Participants will meet on Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, on the following dates:

  • January 19, 2022
  • February 16, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • April 20, 2022
  • May 18, 2022

*Gatherings will be a hybrid of in-person and Zoom if needed.

FD: Spirituality


Sister Diane Zerfas OP

Spirituality Programs 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 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.

Mindy Hills

DMin, Dominican Associate, Dominican Center Apprentice, Spiritual Director, and Retreat Leader

Mindy Hills is a Dominican Associate and certified Spiritual Director who assists with retreat coordination and facilitation. With radiant hope, she offers deep listening and gentle prompts to help others reflect on the spiritual dimensions of life and to notice the loving invitations of God’s presence within the ups and downs of their journey. Her faith-filled lived experiences support a belief in the gifts of retreat experiences that are designed to access the beauty of creation as a contemplative practice. As a prayerful companion, she empowers others to release limiting beliefs and feelings of hopelessness to live consciously active and fulfilling lives. Her ministry embodies heart-centered spiritual care with a passion for helping others rediscover and restore their capacity for resiliency.

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