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Tending the Call: The Impact of God (Online)

Spiritual Director Conversations

Tuesday 10/04/2022 - Tuesday 12/06/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm EST

Be with us this fall for Tending the Call. Join our community of Spiritual Directors who feel called to deepen their understanding of the spiritual wisdom of various spiritual giants and contemplative practices introduced in Practicum I and II. We will revisit the teachings of these foundational companions and reimagine ways they might support our present-day ministries.

Come to share, study, and pray with a sacred community of practicing Spiritual Directors as we seek a deepening relationship with God and are reminded of the sacred journey of transformation that called each of us into this ministry.

During this 6-week study, we will explore more fully the life and writings of St. John of the Cross through Iain Matthew’s book The Impact of God (Soundings from St. John of the Cross). Together we will inquire how St. John’s writings might spark new awareness and insights for the present way we accompany those we guide and companion in our ministries.

About our Study

Who was John of the Cross? What is the Dark Night of the Soul? What advice did John have for Spiritual Directors? How might we companion those who may be going through a "Dark Night" experience? How might we be present to ourselves? Ian Matthew's book The Impact of God is a gentle introduction to these and other questions emerging from the life and writings St. John of the Cross. Come and explore with us together in community with other Spiritual Directors.

Tending the Call, a Program for Spiritual Directors | Book Cover of The Impact of God | Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MIRequired Reading

Book:  The Impact of God (Soundings from St. John of the Cross), by Iain Matthew.

The Impact of God available here on Amazon.


Tending the Call program meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm. All sessions will be online via Zoom.

  • October 4, 2022
  • October 18, 2022
  • November 1, 2022
  • November 15, 2022
  • November 29, 2022
  • December 6, 2022


Scholarships are available; please call 616.514.3325 or email for details.

Registration fees support the ongoing mission of Dominican Center Marywood.

We look forward to sharing this deepening journey with you.


Amanda Dobson

Amanda Dobson is the associate coordinator for the Foundations in Spirituality Program and is a member of the Formation Team at Dominican Center. Amanda is a Spiritual Director and completed the Spiritual Director Practicum in 2015.  She is  a 2019 graduate of  the Living School  at the Center for Action and Contemplation (Albuquerque, New Mexico).  She is a wife and mother of three.

Andrea Le Roy

Andrea Le Roy received her spiritual direction training through Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. While she worships in the Reformed tradition, she is comfortable meeting and discerning God’s spirit with all seekers. Andrea has a master’s degree in counseling and has worked for many years in social work.


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