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Spiritual Direction Formation Program
Location: Potier Center
Category: Special Offerings
Date: Sunday July 10, 2022 through Friday July 15, 2022
Cost: $1400.00
Minimum Deposit: $140.00


Are you called to the ministry of Spiritual Direction?

Sunday, July 10, 2022 to 
Friday, July 15, 2022

VMESC offers a three-year formation program in spiritual direction. This program is designed to accommodate those who cannot afford the time for a lengthy residential program, yet desire time to explore the dimensions of this ministry and to discern their call to the ministry of spiritual direction. In addition to a one week resident stay for each of the three years, participants are asked to write four short reflection papers each year and participate in experiences which are part of the spiritual direction ministry. This program hopes to provide the space, time and structure where the Spirit can deepen and fine-tune the gifts of the candidates.

The program is structured around a 3-year cycle of themes:
Christ the Word

Resident Week:
July 10 to July 15, 2022
July 9 to July 15, 2023
July 7 to July 13, 2024


Ardath Blake, HM has received training and supervision in spiritual direction through St. Beuno Spiritual Exercise Centre, Asaph, Wales UK; the Center for Spirituality and Lay Ministry of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Ct and at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario.  Ardath also has a MA in Theology and MS in Education and experience in parish pastoral ministry.

David Roncolato, Ph.D.
received training in spiritual direction at Creighton University, the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph Ontario, and most recently the formation program offered through the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. He has offered adult spiritual direction for three decades.  David completed his Ph.D. in Catholic Systematic Theology at Duquesne University. He lives in Meadville with his spouse, Rev. Sarah D. Roncolato, pastor of Stone United Methodist Church. David is the director of civic engagement and professor of Community and Justice Studies at Allegheny College.

Mary Ann Spangler, HM
brings many years of educational and retreat/spiritual direction experience. She obtained her Master's Degree at Kent State University and a certificate for Spiritual Direction from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. Sr. Mary Ann is presently full-time Spiritual Companion to adults and young adults on college campuses and beyond, as well as facilitating retreats for various adult groups in parishes, at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio and at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center at Villa Maria, PA.


To begin the application process, please contact 
Sr. Ardath Blake at 724-964-8920, ext. 3444 or


Applications due by June 17, 2022.

Cost includes: Tuition and Resident Week at Villa Maria.
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
January 2023
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