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Spiritual Direction Internship (SDI) Formation


Units & Schedule


  • September - November

    • Introduction to the Art of Spiritual Direction

  • January - March

    • The Spiritual Journey​

  • September - November

    • The Psychological Aspects of the Spiritual Journey​

  • January - March

    • Issues in Spiritual Direction​

Classes are held on Mondays from 4:00 pm - 9:15 pm.  There are 9 classes per semester.

  • 4:00 - 6:30 pm

    • Class presentations​

  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm

    • Dinner​

  • 7:15 - 9:15 pm

    • Small group work​

Note:  Christian Theological Seminary grants three hours of graduate credit per semester to those who meet matriculation and course requirements.  Those who wish credit through CTS must follow the institution's procedures and pay an additional processing fee.  

Program Overview

      SDI is designed for a person who desires to enrich his/her spiritual life, to discern whether they have a call to become a spiritual director, and to develop experientially the skills needed for this ministry.  Our SDI program meets the needs of the Roman Catholic and larger Christian community in Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding area.

     The Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center has been preparing women and men for the ministry of spiritual direction since 1991. SDI is an ecumenical program based on Saint Benedict's words, Listen with the ear of your heart. We believe in tending to the movement of the Spirit, using evocative listening, and being non-directive. We especially believe that this call to ministry arises as an individual response to God. 

Components of the SDI Formation

  • Education

    • Four semesters focusing on various aspects of spirituality and spiritual direction.​

  • Spiritual Formation

    • Shared prayer​

    • Faith sharing

    • Small group discussions within classroom experience

    • Retreat

  • Practicum

    • Small group work​

    • Receiving and providing spiritual direction to interns within the practicum setting

    • Feedback on discernment, listening, and other spiritual direction skills

  • Individual Supervision

    • During the last two semesters​



  • Tuition is $995 per semester.  If tuition is paid online, a 5% processing fee will be added to this cost.  Checks/money orders are also accepted.

  • Interns are responsible to purchase all required books.

  • Overnight accommodations are available at the Benedict Inn for a reasonable fee per night.

  • The program ends with a five (5) day directed retreat with a cost of $475.

Tuition & Fee Information

Due to the Benedict Inn closing on May 31, 2024, there will not be an Internship starting in the Fall of 2024.

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