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The Heart of Life Centre for Spirituality and Pastoral Formation is sponsored by MSC Spirituality Services, Australia.

The core program is for formation of Spiritual Directors, Siloam.

In recent years, many of those coming for the Siloam program are from outside Australia, especially from Asian countries.

You many know someone who would be interested in applying for Siloam. 

Here is contact information.  For the Centre and its programs for 2020, Google www.heartof

Here is further information.

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Heart of Life is a centre for spiritual and pastoral formation offering:

  • Siloam – full-time or part-time program for the formation of spiritual directors
  • Spiritual Leaders Program – part-time program for the formation of spiritual leaders
  • Let the Heart Listen – part-time program for people involved in listening to and supporting others in life’s journey
  • Supervision of Ministry Program
  •  Spiritual direction
  • Pastoral formation
  • Individual or group supervision
  • Many faith-based workshops and seminars throughout the year on different themes
    – of a few hours, one day or multiple weeks
  • Professional and personal development for spiritual directors
  • Retreats, either in-house or as outreach, and sabbaticals
  • A quiet sanctuary for prayer and reflection, set in beautiful surroundings
  • Celebration of Mass on Thursdays (except during school holidays)

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And information especially concerning Siloam

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Siloam: Full-time or Part-time Program for the Formation of Spiritual Directors

Siloam is a program for the formation of competent, experienced spiritual directors. The lecturers and supervisors at Heart of Life foster a discerning, contemplative approach whereby spiritual directors-in-formation become more and more attuned to the movement of God’s Spirit in themselves and in their directees.

The program can be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time (Mondays, 8.45am-5.30pm). There is generally a limit of eight participants in each program.

Students who meet the ‘previous degree’ and other criteria may undertake Siloam as a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction through Yarra Theological Union/University of Divinity. Government Fee-Help is available (for tuition fees) to qualifying Australian citizens.

The Siloam program is recognised by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction as meeting its standards for the formation of spiritual directors in Australia. The program’s approach to formation is soundly experiential and is based on solid theological, biblical and social sciences theory and praxis. A discerning, contemplative attitude is integral to all seminars and practical work. Regular reflection, prayer time and a commitment to one’s own spiritual direction are essential to the program.

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Seminars offered in Siloam:
  • Grace & Conversion
  • Spirituality of Human Life Stages A & B
  • Discernment
  • Religious Experience
  • The Human Experience of God
  • Ecological Spirituality
  • Professional Standards in Ministry
Formation Team:
  • Paul Beirne
  • Carole Carmody rsm
  • Michele McCourt
  • Marlene McGrath
  • Kathleen Spokes sgs
  • Lis Teggelove rsm