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Spiritual Director Practicum Year 2

Called to be a Spiritual Director
Year 2 Practicum 2024 – 2025

Dates:  Friday, Sept 6, 2024 – Saturday, May 16, 2025

Time:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

Cost:  $2,500

A Spiritual Director holds sacred the many stories heard in a one-on-one relationship or in a trusted group. If you have discerned a call to be a Spiritual Director and completed “Called to be a Spiritual Director ~ Year 1” then this Year 2 practicum will …

… provide contemplative spiritual practices, prayer, study, and shared reflection.
… strengthen our ability to stay present.
… attune our listening to sense how the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and in the lives of others.
… look to Spiritual Giants to mentor participants during the formation process.
…remind that the ultimate healer holds up director and directee in all ways.

Using an Ignatian spiritual framework, you are encouraged to find meaning in every moment. You are given space to deepen your relationship with God – the God who loves us into life. Through the process, move closer to uncovering your authentic self that guides the discernment of your calling.


The 2024-2025 Spiritual Director Practicum Year 2 meets Fridays from 9am – 2pm at Dominican Center Marywood.

September 6, 2024
September 20
October 4
October 18
November 1
November 15
December 6
December 20
January 3, 2025
January 17
February 7
February 21
March 7
March 21
April 11
April 25
May 2
May 16


Diane Zerfas, OP

Spirituality Program Coordinator

Diane Zerfas, OP, is Dominican Center’s spirituality program coordinator. She is deeply involved in the center’s spiritual formation programs through the planning and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality and the Spiritual Direction Practicum. She holds bachelor’s degrees in math, chemistry, theology, and education from Aquinas College; master’s degrees in Arts in Religious Studies and in Pastoral Studies; a Specialized Certificate in Parish Life and Administration; and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Sister Diane has ministered in many ways, including teaching high school as well as serving as formation director for Grand Rapids Dominicans, initiation and evangelization director at St. Mary Magdalen in Kentwood, Diocesan director of RCIA for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, co-director of Pastoral Life at Marywood, and leadership team member for the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.

Anna Bonnema

Spiritual Director, DCM Apprentice, Co-Facilitator

Anna Bonnema is an open-armed Catholic. She is a lover of words and of nature, and is fueled by tea, lattes, and dog snuggles. Anna is wife to a man with a contagious laugh and mom to amazing teenage triplets. She teaches part time at Hope College — including a class by the name The Art of Listening — and runs a peer mentoring program for students who are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. Anna is a spiritual director, and loves the practice of listening well. You can read Anna’s writing on the Live Today Well blog.


Tuition, Fees + Prerequisite

  • Tuition: $2,500
  • Application fee of $25 is required.
  • Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality and Called to be a Spiritual Director – Year 1.
  • Tuition includes instruction and facilitation by the Dominican Center Formation Team, individual mentoring sessions with a seasoned Spiritual Director, and materials provided before each session.
  • Fees do not cover the cost of required textbook.
  • Financial scholarships and payment plans are available.
  • Inquiries: call 616-514-3325 or email

More Information

For more information, please visit our Called to be a Spiritual Director page.

Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gives credit hours to participants completing the Spiritual Director Program at the Dominican Center at Marywood. The Graduate Theological Foundation in Sarasota, FL., also accepts credits from the Dominican Center’s Spiritual Director Program.

Practicum Overview, Applications, and Recommendation Forms


Spiritual Director Practicum Application, Part A

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Spiritual Director Practicum Application, Part B

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Practicum Recommendation Form

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Spiritual Director Practicum Overview

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