Good afternoon and hoping everyone is doing well. Since I converted 7-8 years ago, I have wanted spiritual direction. I had arrangements with a wonderful young priest who was my first confessor, but he was transferred. I haven’t been able to connect with anyone since, until recently. We have a wonderful Deacon who is a great homilist, good hearted, and much loved by my kids and husband. I asked if he would be my spiritual director, and he said he’s technically ‘not allowed’ to because there is a particular training. I asked if he could be a spiritual mentor and he warmly agreed. I was greatly humbled by his warmth and willingness.
We have a meeting set up for next week to discuss what I’m wanting and what he’s allowed to do. Obviously, this will dictate our meetings going forward, but I was hoping to do some prior research going in. Does anyone know why and what restrictions surround the SD relationship? What additional training does an approved SD receive? Can anyone provide resources or recommend some reading I can do in preparation? I won’t belabour the details but this is an answer to years of prayer, seeking, and desiring to be a better person. I cannot express the hope that Deacon’s kindness has given me. I would never want to jeopardise or compromise his position and I am certain he will maintain the boundaries. I’m just hoping to go into this with a better understanding of what spiritual direction is and what it is not.