Taste and See

Franciscan Renewal Center  |  Phoenix, AZ

A gathering of spiritual directors creates a unique time to taste and see that the Lord is good. We need it! You need it! We need it together! To add to this we will do everything possible so you can “replicate” what you learn and experience in your own setting. 

Conference Schedule

Monday, February 19

We highly encourage Monday arrivals - No program

Tuesday, February 20

Topic: Spiritual Retreats

9:30 - 10:45 - Conference Registration

11:00- Group Session - welcome, introductions

12:00 - Lunch

1:30-9:00 - Extended Session - Spiritual Retreats- Several retreat versions will be offered with time for personal experience, small groups, large group discussion, and feedback.

Wednesday, February 21

Topic: Care of Soul

9:00 - Morning Liturgy

9:30 - Group session- The Soul of the Spiritual Director

10:15 - Break

10:30 - Group Spiritual Direction

12:30 - Lunch

1:30 - 2:30- Free time

2:30 - 5:30- Interactive Workshops- Opportunity for two workshops at 75 min each

  • Spiritual Direction amidst cultural diversity.
  • Spiritual Direction for pastors and missionaries.
  • Group Spiritual Direction as an entry point in your church.
  • Tools of formation- Helpful tools the spiritual director can use in his/her ministry.

6:00 - Dinner

7:30 - Group Session- Identifying resistance (in yourself and in others), group discussion and communion.

Thursday, February 22

Topic: Learning from and Caring for one another

9:00 - Morning Liturgy

9:30 - Peer to Peer small groups- sharing together personal questions/experiences/struggles as spiritual directors.

11:15 - Wrap-up, prayer, and closing

12:00 - Lunch on your own (not included in cost)

Immediately following our ESDA Gathering, The Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona is hosting "Spiritual Formation in the Local Church" Feb 22-24. Registrants of the ESDA Gathering receive a 10% discount for the Spiritual Formation in the Local Church conference.

Discount code sent upon registration to the ESDA Gathering

Click here for information and registration to The Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona event.

Event Costs & Registration

Conference registration is now closed.

Airfare and ground transportation to and from airport arranged by attendee
A SuperShuttle Guest Service Representative is located at each terminal’s designated pick up location (typically on the center island). Advise the representative you would like transportation to the Franciscan Renewal Center. You will be advised of the van number assigned to take you to your destination. Drivers accept cash or credit cards in the vehicle if direct bill or prepayment has not already been arranged. To get the special fare of $17.00 per person, per direction, you MUST provide the “Franciscan Renewal Center Landmark Destination” to the driver, NOT the street address.