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Baya Clare ~ 651-600-5990 ~ sisterbaya@gmail.com

Here is some info about spiritual direction that may be helpful, which is partly adapted from the website of Spiritual Directors International:

The primary focus of spiritual direction is always a person’s deeper relationship with God, or however they name God or Higher Power. Spiritual direction is about helping people tell their sacred stories.

The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to look beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth, which is what Christians call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul. Other traditions and spiritualities name and understand this in differing ways.

Spiritual direction is not counseling. Spiritual direction is not therapy. While it may be appropriate at times to discuss personal and relational struggles in the context of spiritual direction, I am not a psychotherapist, nor do I provide such services.

Spiritual direction is not scripture study, though sometimes scripture may be part of what we look at in a session. Prayer with and for a person during and outside of the session may be part of spiritual direction.

The focus is always on your relationship with God, however you name or understand that.

My role is to listen and reflect back what I hear.

I observe the same kinds of boundaries that most helping professionals do. Spiritual direction sessions are confidential. I do not keep written records of the content of sessions, nor do I provide letters of reference for directees or testify in court proceedings. I abide by the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct of Spiritual Directors International.

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I have training as a Spiritual Director from the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program, as well as an M.A. in theology from St Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

My spiritual path and community are Christian, which is a big, broad tent, and I mostly work with people from Christian traditions. I also have experience working with people from other, or eclectic, or no spiritual traditions. Spiritual paths are many and varied, and my role is to help you listen to the way God is calling you, not to try to impose or enforce a way. I also have 12-Step Program experience, and hear 5th Steps as part of my spiritual direction practice.

My theological and spiritual direction training included coursework in life stages, prayer practices, and Ignatian discernment. Beyond the academic and theoretical, however, I have 10+ years of experience working with young people ages 18-35, individually and in groups, as they have navigated life choices, vocation decisions, and spiritual questions in university, prison, and work settings. Most of my directees are young people on journeys of decision-making, launching and commitment.

I am a Sister of St. Joseph, meaning that I am a vowed member of a Catholic women’s religious community. We have been around for almost 400 years, serving in many and varied ways and places. Here’s some more info about us.

I mostly see people at Carondelet Center in St Paul, which is next door to St Catherine University, but I am open to traveling anywhere within the southern half of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

One meeting per month is usual in most spiritual direction practice, though some people come more often, and some less. We can work together to find a rhythm that works for you.

Because I am currently completing a practicum toward my spiritual direction certificate, there is no charge for my services.

I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to call me at 651-600-5990 or email me at sisterbaya@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to set up an appointment.

I also offer classes and retreats sometimes.

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