What Happens in Spiritual Companionship?

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Spiritual companionship meetings usually occur once a month, for an hour each time. Conversations may take shape around relationships, circumstances at work, health, prayer, or discerning vocation. There may be talk of joys or sorrows, exciting possibilities or frustrations– we seek to notice God’s presence, work, and invitations in the midst of all of our experiences. Spiritual Companionship can also be offered in groups of 4 to 6 people, known as group spiritual companionship. This way of attentive listening bears beautiful fruit among friends and small groups.

Does what we talk about in spiritual direction remain confidential?

Confidentiality is essential in spiritual direction, which requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter.

As a Spiritual Director, I seek accountability via supervision. In supervision, I examine what happens within my heart, mind and soul while offering spiritual direction. Confidentiality is maintained in supervision.

I will maintain confidentiality except for where I may be required by law to report the following situations to the authorities, including Child Protection and Law Enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources:

  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders.
  • If there is reason to suspect the person is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
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