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Spiritual Companionship Program

Co-sponsored by John XXIII Retreat Center as well as Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center

August 2015 – February 2017

Are you being called to be a Spiritual Companion?  Have others shared intimately with you about their spiritual life?  Or has someone shared with you because you listen reflectively?

If so, you might be called to the ministry of Spiritual Companionship.  It’s a long tradition that has been available to people serious about their spiritual journey.

The John XXIII Spiritual Companionship Program is a 19-month endeavor to train people to respond to the growing need for spiritual guides.  It is known by various names: spiritual direction, spiritual guidance, or spiritual companionship.  The program is designed to introduce theory, spirituality, and practice of spiritual companionship for Christians today.  People who feel they may have a gift of offering spiritual guidance to others, but who have not had any formal training, are encouraged to consider this journey of faith.

John XXIII Retreat Center and Lindenwood Retreat Center in Donaldson, IN have collaborated to train individuals for this important ministry.  Since the beginning of this program we have graduated 22 candidates and have six people in the present program.  In August of 2015, the center will be beginning with a new group of trainees.  With this next series, the program will continue with all sessions being held at John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City, Indiana only.  The dates for the sessions are below:


  • August 28-29
  • October 23-24
  • December 4-5


  • February 26-27
  • April 25-29
  • June 24-25
  • August 26-27
  • October 28-29
  • December 2-3


  • February 20-24

The deadline for application and acceptance into the program is August 7, 2015.  For more information or for an application for the program:  click here for a Spiritual Companion brochure.  The application is located by clicking on this link:  Spiritual Companion Application

You may also contact the director, Sr. Joetta Huelsmann, PHJC, directly with your inquiries regarding this program at 765-348-4008 or