Priest spiritual directing a woman

This course gives a brief outline of the development of Spiritual Direction throughout Church History.

It aims to give a better understanding of the movements of the Spirit and to delve deeper into the process of discernment of the will of God in day-to-day decisions. This course helps in building a better personal relationship with God within different contexts which the director and/or directee may encounter in daily life. Apart from the theoretical part, this course gives practical skills to understand better the way the Spirit of God leads the person.

At the end of the course the priest will be able to make a clear distinction between spiritual direction and other roles within the ministry itself; consolidate where necessary such practices and give insights for better accompaniment in the priests’ ministry as Spiritual Directors.

It is a course that the director will benefit from both on a personal level and in his ministry when accompanying the directee.

Application Closes at noon on the 30th January 2023

This course is intended for priests who accompany persons in Spiritual Direction.

Target Audience Age: 18+

6th February 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Welcoming introduction
and sharing of experiences
Rev. Ronnie Zammit
Session 2: The difference between Pastoral Mentoring,
Confession, and Spiritual Direction
Rev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 3: ExperiencesRev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 4: Spiritual Direction from the sources of
tradition: the needs which arose throughout
the years and the dynamics addressed in
relation to spiritual direction
Mr Natalino Camilleri

7th February 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Different prayer methodsRev. Prof. Mark Sultana
Session 2: Spiritual movements: the different
experiences which the human being passes through
Rev. Prof. Mark Sultana

8th February 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Welcoming introduction
and sharing of experiences
Rev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 2: Living our faith throughout
the different stages of life:
the call to mature discipleship
Rev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 3: The dynamics and interior
struggle of our interior life
Rev. Christopher Vella SJ
DateSession TitleSpeaker
13th March 2023Spiritual discernment: the spiritual movementsRev. Christopher Vella SJ
14th March 2023Discerning in the process of Spiritual Direction: discerning God’s will in daily life or in taking important decisionsRev. Christopher Vella SJ

17th April 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Listening and Communication skills
(psychological & spiritual level in the director & directee)
Rev. Alfred Micallef SJ
& Ms Jenny Zammit

18th April 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: A Short and Quick History of Spiritual DirectionRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 2: What is Spiritual Direction?Rev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 3: Myself as a Spiritual DirectorRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 4: Bill`s CaseRev. Alfred Micallef SJ

8th May 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Director Directee RelationshipRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 2:  The Spiritual InterviewRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 3: Blockages in PrayerRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 4: Psychological Dynamics in Spiritual DirectionRev. Alfred Micallef SJ

9th May 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Feelings in Interpersonal Relationships PCRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 2: God TalkRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 3: Dealing with GuiltRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 4: Accompanying the Sick and the DyingRev. Alfred Micallef SJ



This course has two exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance is received if one attends all the contact hours of this course. 


  1. Certificate of Achievement  

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  • attend all the contact hours
  • and successfully complete an assignment/journal/presentation or case study analysis.

Assessment: Written assignment at the end of the course.

Final Award: Accompaniment in Spiritual Direction for Priests

PFI Level: Level 5

Duration: 4 months part-time (54 hours)

Qualifications: Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.


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