Pre-Work for Session 9: Discernment


  • Reflection paper due  November 30 – Happy Thanksgiving!
    • In what way did the process deepen this experience for you: reading your book, preparing your presentation, and integrating Mercy Spirituality and spiritual direction, and sharing it with the group.
    • What about our session in November brought you joy?
    • What surprised you about our time together?
    • Please share any way your mentor or the team can support you at this time.


  • Meet with your Mentor Group for quads in November – You will have a month off of Mentor Groups for December.
  • Meet with your supervisor
  • Meet with your spiritual director
  • Continue looking for directees, if necessary
  • Meet with your directees 

Discernment Assignment:

  • Complete and email to your mentor by Monday, January 3:
    •  Art & Practice of Spiritual Direction Discernment Process Guidelines (see below)
    • Supervision Record (listing your progress so far)


  • Ruffing: Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings, Chapter 1 and The Will of God, p. 82-86. 

Download and Read:

January 7 & 8 Mercy Center Visit Option:

You are invited to join us at Mercy Center for the Discernment weekend. All of the sessions will continue to be held online with Zoom so coming in person will not be necessary. It will be an option if you wish.

We will not have a “hybrid” session.  You will be able to use Zoom in your bedroom for privacy, or another area in Mercy Center with the group, and we will eat meals and have break times together. Please make sure to bring along headphones with a built-in speaker for comfort.

Discernment Session Schedule
January 7 & 8, 2022
Friday Noon-6pm & Saturday 9am-6pm PT

See ticket options with special pricing below:

*All participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 and follow our on-site COVID protocol.

If you are not able to attend at Mercy Center, we encourage you to find some retreat space with internet access to attend the Discernment Session.

Upload your Reflection Paper

AP1 2021 Reflection Paper

Please upload your Reflection Paper by the due date. This document will be shared with your Art & Practice Mentor.
  • Please include your first and last name but not titles or suffixes. For example: Catherine McAuley
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt, rtf, Max. file size: 256 MB.
    Please upload your reflection paper in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, or .rtf format.