All that we do within our families, at our jobs, or within our parish ministries, begins with a healthy spiritual life. Yet, many have difficulty finding a qualified spiritual director to guide them. A spiritual director can accompany you on the journey to grow closer to the Lord as you discern major changes in your life including whether or not you are being “called” to the Diaconate. Pope Francis refers to programs such as this as the “art of accompaniment which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5).” Our Holy Father says; “The pace of accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian Life.” (Evangelii Gaudium #169)
In order to help support both deacons and those discerning their “call” to the diaconate, we have partnered with the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality (MCIS) at Fairfield University in order to make certified spiritual directors available to all.
By: Deacon Jerry Lambert
For further information, you may contact: https://www.fairfield.edu
To enroll, download and complete the “Application for MCIS Programs.” Be sure to indicate that you are discerning the Diaconate in the Diocese of Bridgeport.