Spiritual Direction

Stan Bohall, Spiritual Director

 

Contact Information: 508-410-9008 / s.bohall@verizon.net

 

Stan Bohall has worked with individuals and groups for over forty years, helping them develop short and long-range plans, build teams, and achieve goals. Before being received into the Catholic Church in 2015, he served as a Baptist pastor: teaching, preaching, organizing, writing, motivating, and listening. 

Stan holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Divinity. He began offering spiritual direction in 2010 while working on a two-year certificate program with Selah (http://leadershiptransformations.org/selah.htm). “I enjoy helping individuals discern how God is working in their lives.”

He also has a keen interest in authors such as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo. Finding Neverland, Saving Mr. Banks, and Les Misérables are three of his favorite films. Stan writes creatively about the human desire for God as expressed in the arts. You can find some of his material at http://www.questmin.org/.

 

Stan meets with both men and women for spiritual direction at St. Theresa’s. He also serves as a lector, an extraordinary minister and a greeter. He and his wife, Judi, live in South Hadley, MA. They have two married sons and four grandchildren.

 

What Is Spiritual Direction?

“Spiritual direction is a relationship between two people that allows one to assist the other in discerning God’s activity and presence in his or her life.” (Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)

 

“A spiritual director listens with one ear to God and the other to the directee, always encouraging the directee to recognize where God can be found throughout the journey.” (Calhoun)

 

“At its core, spiritual direction attends to the faithfulness and initiative of God. The Holy Spirit is really the Director of the time together as both parties pay attention to God’s movements and call.” (Calhoun)

 

Here is a helpful illustration to distinguish between a spiritual director and other helping relationships. When a person seeks help with his/her marriage:

A friend listens and shares joys and struggles about marriage.

A teacher tells what the Bible and wise Christians have to say about the subject.

A disciple-maker develops a biblical plan for growth in marriage.

A counselor identifies problems that affect the marriage and seeks to change behavior.

A mentor models a healthy marriage and builds a relationship with the person.

A spiritual director helps the person discern God’s presence and listen for God’s voice in the joys and sorrows of marriage. (Adapted from a piece by Hallie Cowan)

 

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What is the director’s part?

▪ Attentiveness to and trust in God

▪ Responsiveness to God and to the directee

▪ Attentiveness to the directee’s life journey

 

What is the directee’s part?

▪ Attentiveness to and trust in God

▪ Desire to share one’s life journey

▪ Openness to receive direction from God

 

How frequent are the sessions?

It’s up to the directee. Once every two weeks may be helpful to get started. After that, once a month may work well.

 

Where will we meet?

▪ A quiet place

▪ A secure place

▪ A place of solitude

 

How do we get started?

Use the contact information above to make a no-obligation appointment. We’ll explore the possibility of engaging in spiritual direction.

 

What about finances?

We’ll discuss an affordable arrangement during our first session. A fee supports the director’s ministry. It also gives the directee incentive to get the most from our time together.

 

Resources for Spiritual Direction

Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction by Jeannette A. Bakke

Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction by David G. Benner

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

The Practice of Spiritual Direction by William A. Barry & William J. Connolly

Friend of the Bridegroom by Thomas H. Green

Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction by Margaret Guenther

Care of Mind, Care of Spirit by Gerald G. May, M.D.

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