Spirituality is an integral part of the Diocese of Charleston and the Office of Spiritual Directors has been created to help promote and expand the practice of spiritual direction in the Diocese as part of the ministry of the local parish.

The Office of Spiritual Directors serves as the diocesan sponsor to Spring Hill College in providing training for those called to the ministry of spiritual direction. There are 22 spiritual directors trained in the Spring Hill College, Certificate in Spiritual Direction program since 2019.  Currently there are eight more spiritual directors who will complete their training in May 2024.

If you have any questions about spiritual direction, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Tom Whalen, Coordinator, Office of Spiritual Directors of the Diocese of Charleston at 864-525-0010 or email Deacon Tom Whalen.

God bless you on your journey.

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a time-honored tradition of the Catholic Church in which a person listens and responds to God’s invitation to draw closer into a relationship. The Spiritual director is educated and experienced in the ways God may be moving, directly or indirectly in a person’s life. In this faith-based process, the spiritual director is present to help the directee develop a greater awareness of God’s personal communication, grow in closeness with God and live God’s desire for his/her life through prayer, discernment, and action. The director walks as a companion on God’s path, by offering holy listening skills and spiritual support. Spiritual direction is neither psychotherapy nor pastoral counseling that aims to solve specific problems.