Spirituality is the overriding term that describes engagement in things transcendental. Ultimate aims. Ultimate goals. It has to do with one’s connection with and commitment to ways of engaging transcendence. All religions, Christians or not, have a sense of transcendence or a sense of intimacy that drives how they try to live their lives, piety, virtues and values.
In a religion like Christianity, this transcendence is God. Christian spirituality is engagement with God as God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ. But it also has to be grounded in a religious tradition.
For us, Catholicism informs how we make sense of the revelatory fact of Jesus Christ. It’s about how we pray, the values we cultivate, and the goals we think spirituality will achieve for us. These goals are our authentic response to Christ.
Transformation. Any spiritual path should lead to transformation. Developing our engagement in a deep and meaningful way on our faith journey has the possibility to transform our lives.
There are of course many forms of transformation and many ways of framing the Christian path, all authentic and deeply transformative.
To support people in their spiritual journeys, the diocese has developed a spirituality team. The team consists of approximately 12 trained accompaniers who initiate and develop projects to support spirituality.
Each participant (10-35 people) meets privately and confidentially for up to one hour each day from Monday to Friday with a trained Spiritual Director.
We will look at ways to develop prayer through scripture, poetry, art, music, exploring creation are explored.
Following a WAP the team go back over the next weeks and months to nurture Christian Life Community groups at the invitation of the parish priest. These are supportive faith sharing groups which meet every fortnight and are ongoing sometimes for many years. This is a long established Ignatian model.
The next opportunity is by Zoom in Hook beginning 17th October.
This will be followed by a face to face WAP in Jersey
A nine week programme of two hours each week in which groups of up to 10 meet, share and grow in faith and companionship, with the option of ongoing lifelong spiritual direction after the retreat.
A programme of Continuing Professional Development for our Spiritual Directors and at least a one day conference each year networking with Directors from Clifton, Plymouth and Arundel and Brighton dioceses.
Personal spiritual growth through the provision of a safe and non judgemental environment, through tailored individual accompaniment to foster a deep and abiding love of Our Lord.
I have found healing and growth in exploring areas of my life in which I did not recognise or understand where God was.
I have found joy in new ways of praying tailored to me and my life.
A wonderful experience in which I encountered Christ as a friend.
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Please do be in touch with the team if you have a particular question or need further information about how we can support you.
Would you like to get involved and support others on their spiritual journey? If so, there are training opportunities