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New courses in spiritual direction

We all need help in our journey of faith, and one real source of encouragement and stimulus can be working with a spiritual director: someone who walks with us in the journey, and especially supports us in our life of prayer, which, of course, should spill over to all departments of our life. More and more people are finding that meeting a spiritual director or soul friend maybe quarterly, is a spiritual discipline which brings great blessing, and helps us to attend more closely to the movements of God’s Spirit in our lives. If you would like help to find a spiritual director, please be in contact with the Diocesan Spirituality Adviser, Canon Dr Andrew Mayes.

We are pleased to announce a number of initiatives to support spirituality in the Diocese.


The Annual Forum of spiritual directors will take place on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at the Barn, All Saints’ Patcham, 10am -3.30pm. In the morning there will be teaching on leading quiet days and retreats, led by Canon Andrew Mayes and Sue Cash. In the afternoon, there will be opportunity to network and to share good practice, concerns and issues.


As we respond to Bishop Martin’s Charge we realize that clergy need to be more available to each other for a ministry of spiritual direction and support. Some have received a basic training in this regard, but it is not normally part of ordination training. We offer a short course to refresh and equip clergy , meeting at the Barn, Patcham on Tuesdays 22 Nov 2016, 24 January and 28 March 2017, led by Canon Andrew Mayes, assisted by the Revd Dr Alison Green and Sue Cash. Details and application form in the orange panel on the right.

Of course, clergy are especially welcome to join our major training course....

2017 COURSE Introduction to Spiritual Direction

This is a ten session course designed and led by Canon Andrew Mayes, meeting monthly on Tuesdays at the Barn, All Saints’ Patcham, in 2017. It has three major aims:

  1. to gain an understanding of a range of historic and contemporary spiritual traditions and approaches to prayer, exploring the role of the spiritual director within each of them and experiencing various ways of praying
  2. to gain a basic knowledge of key issues in spiritual direction, for example discernment, movement/transitions in prayer, noticing, resistance/ barriers to prayer, boundaries and role; transference; images of God and self
  3. to develop skills in listening and reflection vital for the practice of spiritual direction Full details in the orange panel on the right


The Diocese offers a team of experienced colleagues ready to advise you and your parish. They have particular expertise in different fields of spirituality. Please get in touch with them directly.

training, resources & research Andrew Mayes, Spirituality Adviser andrew.mayes@gmail.com
spiritual direction enquiries Deborah Hennessy deb.hennessy@btinternet.com
children's spirituality Irene Smale Irene.Smale@chichester.anglican.org
spirituality in later life Howard Schnaar howardschnaar@gmail.com
spirituality, creativity and outreach Martin Poole info@beyondchurch.co.uk
weeks of guided prayer John Twistleton John.Twisleton@chichester.anglican.org
publicity, Brighton and Hove Centre for Spirituality Sarah Van den driessche sarahvdd123@gmail.com
spirituality and ministry Tim Watson Tim.Watson@chichester.anglican.org
interfaith spirituality Andrew Wingate andrewwingate5@gmail.com

We offer a number of training courses related to Spiritual Direction.

More detail can be found by following the links below.

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