Campus Ministry offers spiritual accompaniment for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to deepen their relationship to their faith and become more attuned to the movements of their spiritual life over an extended period of time through conversation with a spiritual companion.
If you are curious about spiritual accompaniment and would like have a conversation about what it might look like for you, contact Megan Kush, Campus Minister for Pastoral Care.
Wondering what to expect? Check out what Vinita Hampton Wright, senior editor of Loyola Press, has to say about what to expect in spiritual direction in her post on IgnatianSpirituality.com:
A person willing to walk alongside you on your spiritual journey. This person can walk with you in silence or in dialogue, in peaceful times or terrible times. The point is presence.
A companion who will listen attentively and reflect back to you what you are experiencing and discovering.
Confidentiality—what you talk about in your time with the spiritual director will go no further.
Encouragement and hope; an effective spiritual director always carries hope for you and gently nudges you toward the wisdom and grace God is already pouring into your life.
Reverence and respect for the spiritual movement in your life. A wise spiritual director recognizes that God speaks to people in many different ways. The spiritual companion listens to you describe your experience as it makes sense to you, in words and phrases that are meaningful to you. Although he or she may help you connect your experience with spiritual concepts such as grace or the movement of the Holy Spirit, there’s no attempt to rewrite your experience to be anything other than what it is.
A person wise enough to understand when you need help that is different from spiritual direction. An attentive spiritual director will notice if you appear to be physically, emotionally, or mentally ill and will encourage you to get the support you need. In other words, a spiritual director recognizes that she is not your social worker or psychiatrist and will not try to fill those roles.
A person with whom you are safe to talk about your interior life in all its complexity and unfolding beauty.
Are you looking for more opportunities for spiritual direction and accompaniment that are off-campus? Check out the Ignatian Spirituality Center’s Spiritual Director Connections Service to find a spiritual director in your area!