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Tending the Call ~ Ongoing Formation for Spiritual Directors (Online / Winter Session)

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Tuesday 02/08/2022 - Tuesday 04/12/2022
6:30pm - 8:00pm EST

Are there moments in your spiritual direction ministry when you feel the desire to deepen your understanding of the spiritual wisdom of the spiritual giants and contemplative practices introduced in the Spiritual Direction Practicum?

Tending the Call invites you to join a community of Spiritual Directors who feel called to revisit the teachings of foundational companions and re-imagine ways they might support your present-day ministries.

We invite you to share, study, and pray with a sacred community of practicing Spiritual Directors from the Dominican Center for Spirituality, as we seek a deepening relationship with God and are reminded of the journey of transformation that first called us to the practice of spiritual direction.

During our winter session of Tending the Call, revisit books read during the practicum that emphasized contemplative practices.


Learning to desire God's will is not something we can accomplish by resolve and willpower. It occurs only when we live so close to God's heart that the rhythm of our own heartbeat comes to reflect the divine pulse.
~ David G. Benner



Spirituality and the Awakening Self, by David G. Benner, PhD | Tending the Call, Ongoing Formation for Spiritual Directors | Dominican Center, Grand Rapids, MI

In our winter session, we will take a deeper look at David Benner’s book Spirituality and the Awakening Self, and ask how his deep insights into the sacred journey of transformation and the unfolding self might speak to us now.

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We will meet on the following dates:

  • February 8, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 1, 2022
  • March 15, 2022
  • March 29, 2022
  • April 12, 2022


Tending the Call is co-facilitated by Amanda Dobson and Andrea LeRoy; Amanda and Andrea will be accompanied by Sister Carmelita Switzer, OP. Learn more about Amanda, Andrea, and Sister Carmelita below.


We look forward to sharing this deepening journey with you. 

All sessions held online via Zoom.


Amanda Dobson

Dominican Center Apprentice and Spiritual Director

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 2019 graduate of Richard Rohr’s Living School (Albuquerque, New Mexico), a spiritual director, wife, and mother of three.

Andrea Leroy

Spiritual Director and Counselor

Andrea received her spiritual direction training through Dominican Center 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.

Carmelita Switzer, OP

Spirituality Program Associate Coordinator

Carmelita Switzer, OP, serves as a staff facilitator and presenter for Dominican Center at Marywood. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Aquinas College and a Master of Arts Degree 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.


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