What is spiritual direction?

Spiritual direction is a sacred and secure space where you are accompanied on your own unique spiritual journey. It gives you a regular time and place of complete confidentiality to explore the movements of the spirit in the everyday experience of your life.

As a Jesuit centre, we work in the spiritual tradition of St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and writer of The Spiritual Exercises. Our spiritual directors are trained to listen attentively and to help you to explore your awareness of God’s presence and activity in all your daily life. Spiritual direction can help you to reflect upon your prayer life and to broaden and deepen your practice of prayer and meditation, however, your director will also be interested to hear about all the other areas of your life too! They will not tell you how to behave and what to believe, instead, they will seek to deepen your relationship of personal encounter with the living God who loves you more than you dare to imagine.

What does this look like?

In practice, spiritual direction is a regular meeting with a spiritual director, who has training and experience in accompanying others. We maintain a list of Ignatian-trained directors in the London area.

If you complete and return a spiritual direction request form, we will offer you a referral to a director and leave you to explore whether you would like to meet together. It’s a very personal and important decision and you are never under any pressure to continue meeting with a director who you don’t feel is ‘a good fit’ for you. You are also always welcome to get back in touch with us again for a new referral.

We only offer a referral service to people who live within the London area. If you live outside London, you should contact the Jesuits in Britain.

What LJC can offer

We hold the names of spiritual directors in the London area only who are willing to receive enquiry referrals from the Centre.  All these directors are trained in spiritual direction, are in spiritual direction themselves, receive supervision for their ministry and will as a matter of good practice take on-going training opportunities when appropriate.  

This group of directors is drawn from a range of Christian traditions, include women and men, lay people as well as those in ordained ministry and/or religious life.  Should you have any preferences in this regard there is opportunity on the request form to indicate this.

Practicalities

There are some practicalities for you now to consider.  

Location:  While some of the spiritual directors on this list meet with people at the LJC, others are located in a variety of locations across London. You may want to consider how important access and journey time is to you and whether you wish to meet in person or online.

Meetings: usually spiritual direction sessions will last an hour.  Normally, the director and directee will establish a pattern of meetings. This could be monthly, every six weeks or two months, depending on the circumstances of the director and directee.  

Cost:  some directors will make a specific suggested donation for spiritual direction, most will adjust this according to the directee’s circumstances and ability to donate.  This is something to talk about at your first exploratory meeting with the director.

Find a spiritual director

If you are interested and live within the London area, please complete the request form below.