"Prayer sustains us, empowers us and is the essence of our ministry."

- Sister Lois Didion, r.c.


The Cenacle closed to the public on March 13, 2020 and will remain closed to the public (guests/visitors/groups) for the remainder of 2020. there is no in-person Spiritual direction; all programming has shifted online at this time.

Spiritual Direction

Companionship for the Journey

Spiritual Direction is the opportunity to reflect with a qualified spiritual director about your life, its events, relationships with God and others. A spiritual director helps you to lead a more meaningful life by helping you to discover a deep and lasting relationship with God. While some spiritual directors may be trained pastoral or psychological counselors, problem solving or therapy is not the focus. Rather, the focus of a spiritual direction relationship is the directee's experience of God. The director helps the person to notice God's movement in prayer and in the circumstances and events of one's life.

Contemporary direction presumes that God communicates through ordinary human experience, and in that experience is found God's invitations, urgings and confirmations. A spiritual director is a companion on life's journey -- asking reflective questions and pointing out resources. They assist with resistances and roadblocks, helping the directee to come to breakthroughs in their relationship with God and its lived consequences.

At the Chicago Cenacle, Sisters are available to walk with you on your journey toward God. Trained and experienced as a spiritual companion, she supports you in reflecting on and:

  • Talking about your life, prayer and your relationship with God
  • Reverencing and savoring your experience of God
  • Noticing God's action in the events of your life
  • Listening to your deepest heart's desires
  • Finding within yourself your own answers to deep questions
  • Discerning a direction for your life that is in harmony with God's dream for you.

Spiritual direction at the Chicago Cenacle is available for people of all faiths -- lay women and men, single or married, priests and members of religious communities. Frequency of sessions can be discussed with the director and decided upon according to individual needs. Many people find once a month helpful.

If you would like to print our Spiritual Direction brochure or simply see a copy of it click here.

Personal & Directed Retreats

Personal and Directed Retreats are opportunities to reflect God's presence in your life in quiet and solitude. They are also a time for personal prayer, meditation and reflection. For more immediate information please click here. If you would like to print our Individual Retreat brochure or simply see a copy of it click here.

To find out more about spiritual direction and retreats at the Chicago Cenacle call the Ministry Coordinator at 773-528-6300 or e-mail your inquiry to csisters@cenaclechicago.org.