Spiritual direction is the process of accompanying a person on a spiritual journey. Spiritual direction exists in a context that emphasizes growing closer to God and to Christ and seeking holiness.
The process might be described as, “two sets of ears listening together…to God’s voice.” Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people to tell their sacred stories, their experiences of God in every-day life. The director helps the one being directed (the,”directee”) to unpack the experiences of prayer, finding all the gifts and graces that God desires to give. The director also helps the directee heighten awareness of any behaviors or practices that might not be life-giving, might not be leading toward God.
There is never domination from the director in this process. The directee must be free to express his or her thoughts, feelings, and the movements of the heart, and the director follows this lead. “Be yourself,” is a good guideline for receiving direction. As we continue to meet with our spiritual director, we seek to expand our experiences of the Lord, moving into a seamless recognition of him each moment of the day. He then becomes a part of each experience and relationship that we have. The spiritual director helps the directee stay on this path of ongoing discernment of God in daily life.
He or she helps the directee discover forms of prayer that enhance and deepen this journey with God while providing support and encouragement all along the way.
Listed below are some lay spiritual directors – in the Ignatian Tradition – in this area.
For those looking for spiritual directors beyond this geographical area of Acadiana, you may contact the Jesuit Province website which is jesuitscentralsouthern.org.Acadia–Evangeline–St. Landry Areas Simone Dubois (337) 788-5129 (H) firstname.lastname@example.org St. Michael, Crowley Jimmy Dauzat (337) 662-5410 OLO (337) 945-2543 cell email@example.com St. Charles Borromeo, Grand Coteau Don Mayeux (337) 457-9610 H (337) 457-7624 firstname.lastname@example.org St. Thomas More, Eunice Dr. Reginald Segar (337) 546-0424 O (337) 298-1772 cell email@example.com St. Anthony Church, Eunice Renee Taylor (337) 322-5590 cell firstname.lastname@example.org St. Charles Borromeo, Grand Coteau Lafayette Area Peggy Abshire (337) 984-4606 H (337) 278-2383 cell email@example.com St. Edmond Lyn Doucet (337) 898-9468 H Leave detailed message firstname.lastname@example.org St. Joseph Della Harrington (337) 981-6731 cell (337) 988-4181 O email@example.com Holy Cross Sharon O’Neill (337) 237-3924 H (337) 288-9189 firstname.lastname@example.org Our Lady of Wisdom John Schexnaildre (337) 981-2946 H (337) 654-9671 cell email@example.com Holy Cross Church Patti Clement (225) 388-9840 H (225) 938-4264 cell firstname.lastname@example.org St. Aloysius, Baton Rouge