This unit can be undertaken as full time (DS8703Y) or part time (DS8713Y) and (DS8723Y)
The unit covers the experience of conversion – turning points in one’s life, true and false self, Lonergan’s understanding on conversion – and psychological aspects of spiritual direction – a Christian anthropology of the human person and Luigi Rulla’s theory of self-transcendent consistency.
Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction at Heart of Life Centre
Full Time = DS8701Y and DS8705Y
Part Time = DS8711Y and DS8715Y
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the anthropological, psychological and pastoral underpinnings of the ministry of spiritual direction
- discuss the various ways of expressing the human encounter with God
- identify how Lonergan’s understanding of the conversion processes can enhance the practice of spiritual direction
- analyse critically the different theories of anthropology and their impact on approaches to spiritual direction ministry.
2000 word reflection paper / Conversion (33%);
A take-home examination of 4000 words / Psychological Aspects of Spiritual Direction (66%)
* = set texts recommended for purchase
*Barry, William A. Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with God. New York: Paulist, 1992.
Conn, Walter E., ed. Conversion. New York: Alba House, 1978.
_____ .Christian Conversion. New York: Alba House, 1986.
Ferder, Fran. Words Made Flesh: Scripture, Psychology & Human Communication. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1988.
Ignatius of Loyola. Spiritual Exercises. Chicago, IL: Loyola UP, 1952.
* Keating, Thomas. The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation. New York: Paulist Press, 2007.
Lonergan, Bernard. Method in Theology. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1994.
Rulla, Luigi M. Depth Psychology and Vocation. Rome: Gregorian UP, 1971.
_____. Anthropology of Christian Vocation. Rome: Gregorian UP, 1986.
SUE RICHARDSON PBVM and ROBYN REYNOLDS OLSH