Mercy Center



An Internship for the Formation of Spiritual Directors


Program Format

The internship in spiritual direction is taking a different shape for the next cohort. Our formation programs need to flex with changing times and resources at Mercy Center. We have adapted the essentials of over 30 years of formation experience to present Art and Practice Flow from August 22, 2018—November 8, 2019. This structure combines opportunities for contemplative process, reflective community learning, closely-mentored support, expert supervision, and a deep emphasis on practicum.

Please review all of our information carefully before you begin the application process. It is imperative that you have the time and space in your life to commit to this formation process and all of its requirements.


Program Application

Applications are now closed. This page is for informational purposes.

To go on the waitlist for Art & Practice of Spiritual Direction Flow, email us.

Applications are open for Sacred Journey, our certificate program in Christian spirituality.


Program Schedule

Session 1 is program orientation and contemplative immersion, a required residential overnight stay. Session 4 is a retreat with presentations, also a required overnight stay. Sessions 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 meet Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Optional overnight stays on non-residential sessions can be reserved at an additional cost.


  Session 1

  Wednesday August 22 - Saturday, August 25, 2018

  Session 2   Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6
  Session 3   Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10
  Session 4

  Thursday January 10 - Saturday January 12, 2019

  Session 5   Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2
  Session 6   Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11
  Session 7   Friday September 6 and Saturday September 7
  Session 8   Friday, November 8 and Saturday November 9


Program Costs

Total program fee $4,800, payable in three $1,600 installments.

First installment is due and required by August 15, 2018. Second installment is due and required no later than March 15, 2019. Third installment is due and required no later than August 15, 2019.

Limited financial aid will be available. You may apply for aid only after acceptance. We cannot arrange lower incremental payments. You may pay via MasterCard, Visa, or personal check.

Download and read Art & Practice Flow Refund Policy.


Additional Costs

Nonrefundable program application fee ($50)

Supervision meetings (10 at $50/meeting, paid directly by you to your supervisor)

Books and materials, can be purchased at Mercy Center or Amazon (about $175)

Optional overnight stays at sessions 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 ($75/night, incl. dinner & breakfast)


Program Admissions Criteria

These minimum requirements are essential to begin the application process.

Completion of Sacred Journey or an equivalent contemplative spiritual formation program.

Currently in direction, and will be in ongoing spiritual direction for at least two years by August 2018.

An active prayer practice and participation in a faith community.

Educational background includes some study of scripture, contemporary theology, spirituality, or psychology that supports a ministry of spiritual direction.

Applicants must have access to the Internet and ability to use online communications.


Program Requirements, Reflection and FAQ

This program is a practicum. A significant amount of mentored work beyond the program sessions is required, including papers, reading assignments, supervision and spiritual direction.

Interns must evidence a commitment to complete all tasks and assignments; and must have enough space in current life obligations to meet these requirements.

By Session 2, interns must find 3 directees and start seeing those directees. Immediately after Session 2, interns must begin supervision with an assigned supervisor.

Each intern must complete a total of 30 direction meetings and 10 individual supervision meetings by November 4, 2019.

Download and read Reflection on Formation prayerfully. You must read before applying.

Download and read Art & Practice Flow FAQ thoroughly. You must read before applying.


Contact for Further Information

For further information, contact