Have you wanted to deepen your spiritual life…but weren’t sure where to start? Spiritual Direction from the Sisters of St. Benedict might be the perfect place to begin.
Spiritual direction simply means accompanying someone in her or his spiritual life. A Spiritual Director listens to your story, and together you listen for God’s call and presence in the ordinary events of your life.
Through monthly conversations, our goal is to deepen your relationship with God by helping you learn to recognize divine grace in all aspects of your life.
Think of it as the art of listening for the movement of the Divine, but in the context of a trusting relationship.
How Spiritual Direction Works
You meet with one of our certified Spiritual Directors to explore your spiritual life. The goal, over time, is that you awaken to the mystery of God in all of your life, and respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment.
Your director follows the “Guidelines for Ethical Conduct” established by Spiritual Directors International, which are available upon request.
Although it is appropriate at times to discuss psychological and relational difficulties in the context of spiritual direction, a Spiritual Director is not a psychotherapist and does not provide such services.
Your Director will hold your spiritual direction conversations in strict confidence. Your time together is sacred.
The Director will not reveal the content of your conversations unless you give signed consent (or where it is legally and/or ethically required, as in cases of actual or suspected abuse, or risk of injury to self, to a minor, or to any third party.)
Occasionally, the Director may need to use material from the sessions for supervision purposes, but your name will not be revealed.
The standard fee for spiritual direction, which is available virtually, in person at the monastery, or at other locations, is usually $45 – $60 per session, negotiable according to need and arranged with the Director. No one will be deprived of spiritual direction for financial reasons.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 812-367-1411 or contact one of our spiritual directors.
Meet Our Spiritual Directors
Sister Betty has degrees in education, counseling, and spiritual direction. In addition to serving as a spiritual director, she enjoys leading days of reflection, retreat presentations, and various personal growth programs with creative prayer experiences. She sees directees in southern Indiana and western Kentucky.
Sister Kathryn Huber studied Spiritual Direction in the Institute of Spiritual Leadership at Loyola University of Chicago and earned her master’s degree in Spirituality from Loyola. She also leads retreats and workshops, and is involved in ecumenical and interfaith activities and prison ministry. She sees women and men for direction at the monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Sister Karen’s education focused on monastic studies and theology. She spent 23 years in leadership in monastic community and is now involved in giving retreats and seeing people for spiritual direction. She sees directees in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Sister Joella has a master’s degree in biological sciences. In addition, she has a diploma in theological studies from Regis College, Toronto, which included training in spiritual direction. She also had continuing theological training in Rome, Italy. She has served as prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict, president of the Benedictine Federation of St. Gertrude, and director of spirituality ministry for the community. She sees directees in the Southern Indiana region.
Sister Patricia Ann has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in Christian spirituality, and certification in spiritual direction. She is a Pastoral Associate at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville, Indiana, and Director of Temporary Professed Sisters for the Sisters of St. Benedict. She sees directees in Ferdinand and Evansville, Indiana.
Sister Rose has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Oakland City College and a master’s degree in music from Ball State University. She worked as a music teacher and parish liturgist in the Diocese of Evansville for 34 years. She completed the spiritual direction internship in 2007. Currently serving as Subprioress, she sees directees in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Sister Jane currently serves on the Spirituality Ministry team as program director and spiritual director. She has master’s degrees in education and Christian spirituality with an emphasis on spiritual direction, and a doctorate in psychology. Sister Jane has been a teacher and has served in community leadership. She sees directees in Ferdinand and Evansville, Indiana.
Sister Susan Mary has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She completed the spiritual direction program in 2016. She has served as a business manager for Sr. Helen Parish in Louisville, Kentucky, as comptroller/assistant to vice-rector for administration for the Pontifical North American College in Rome and as the Administrator/Parish Life Coordinator for St. Agnes Parish in Nashville, Indiana. She currently is caring for a family member on the family farm in Arkansas.