ISI Spiritual Companioning: Faber Program to launch in Baltimore, MD

ISI Spiritual Companioning formation program is coming to Baltimore, MD area. The purpose of the Faber program is the formation of spiritual companions in the Ignatian tradition, including formation for those called to guide others through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. The program unfolds through an emerging awareness of personal experience, committed study, instructional input, exploration of the Ignatian art of spiritual conversation, and shaping of personal skills and gifts of listening, for that which St Ignatius called the ministry of ‘helping souls’. 

Forming Competencies:

ISI strives to offer instruction and experiences that help participants develop particular competencies for a life of faith enacted in service to others. We recognize the competencies listed will be manifested according to the gifts of each individual. 

The person making progress

  • Intensely personal relationship with Jesus that motivates a desire to follow Jesus with friends and companions
  • Experience of the Spiritual Exercises that becomes the backbone and central nervous system directing their life of faith 
  • Capacity for deep self-assessment which recognizes the role of thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, and fears in shaping one's own spirituality
  • Maturely responsible for one's own prayer life, capable of recognizing consolations, desolations, and temptations in self. It is clear the mature spiritual companion seeks regular spiritual direction
  • Ability to discern in freedom, and respond in the concrete with hope
  • Able to share their heart with others 

Growing a Life With Others

  • Open to the people the Lord brings to their lives and ministry
  • Able to listen to and with others as they are
  • Able to receive the heart of others and help tend the heart
  • Able to encourage others toward encounters with God
  • Able to recognize other’s encounters with God and help the person recognize the encounters

Developing a Library of Knowledge

  • Understand the movements and graces of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
  • Understanding of Ignatian spiritual companioning outside the context of Spiritual Exercises
  • Understanding of the rules, role and work of discernment 
  • Understand the role of the guide in the Spiritual Exercises, and outside of the Spiritual Exercises. 
  • Understand the difference and similarities of religion and spirituality
  • Understand basic differences between Ignatian spirituality and other spiritualities, and some understanding of difference between healthy and unhealthy spiritualities
  • Basic understanding of the structure, works, and priorities of the Society of Jesus
Faber Program logistics:

The 30-month program unfolds through ten in-person instructional Friday - Saturday workshops in the Baltimore area. (fall 2021, spring/summer 2022, fall 2022, spring/summer 2023 dates TBD). Addtionally, participants have access to online monthly gatherings, online mentoring, and online course resources. All participants commit to independent reading and study, receiving regular personal spiritual direction, and making an annual Ignatian preached or directed retreat. 

The Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 workshop dates are as follows:

  • September 10-11, 2021
  • November 5-6, 2021
  • March 11-12, 2022
  • May 13-14, 2022
  • July 8-9, 2022
Tuition and Costs:
  • Tuition for the complete program (30 months) ISI Spiritual Companioning Faber Baltimore Cohort is $3,500 per participant, plus costs of books.
  • Various options for payment of tuition are available. 
Program application:

Persons interested in attending the Faber program must have made the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in the 19th  annotation (Exercises in everyday life) or 20th annotation (30 day retreat) formats. 

  • Applicants are currently receiving, or will commit to pursuing, ongoing spiritual direction.
  • Applicants will be able to articulate a personal call or invitation from the Lord to help others through Ignatian spiritual companioning. 
  • Applicants will complete the online application form here
  • Applicants will submit two personal references and a personal statement
  • Applicants will participate in an interview with the ISI team

For more information, contact ISI here or by phone at 940-268-8788.