The DASD program has been the flagship spirituality program at SFTS. With nearly 300 alums, we have rich testimony to the power of this vision for training spiritual directors. The diploma is unique in its combination of academic rigor and spiritual formation. Its strong emphasis on supervised practicums has contributed to the high quality of directors that have emerged from this program.
Graduates of our program have provided national and international leadership as spiritual directors and supervisors of spiritual direction. They have created spiritual direction certificates in the United States and Korea. In addition, graduates have used their training to become retreat leaders, social activists, create programs in contemplative pedagogy, participate in interfaith dialogue, create programs in the spirituality of art. They have created national and international programs in coaching and reinvented their ministry to become pastor as spiritual guide. In these various ways, graduates have creatively used and expanded the meaning of spiritual direction.
I have been so blessed by the community and leadership of the program. I can genuinely say that the DASD program helped save my faith. It’s been a community of grace, generosity, and encouragement, as well as a welcomed challenge in the academic sense. 2017 DASD Student, Adam L.