• $100.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: Opening Retreat is January 5, 6 & 7, 2024,Must apply with $100 registration fee FIRST. Upon receipt of registration and additional materials an interview will be arranged. ONLY $100 fee required at registration. Total program cost is $4,345.00 to be paid in installments after accepted.

Location: Nazareth Retreat Center and Zoom

Address: 40 West Drive, Nazareth, Ky. 40048

Spiritual Direction Internship 2024 – 2025 HYBRID model

With Sharon Gray, SCN, PhD. and Lisa Downs

January 5, 2024 - April 27, 2025

The Spiritual Direction Internship is ecumenical in nature and designed for persons who feel called to accompany others on their life journey. The focus is how to be with directee’s as they reflect on life and their relationship with  God.

  • The internship is experiential in nature. Its content unfolds in the context of group process and reflection. The Internship experience includes one-to-one supervision, peer group supervision, assigned readings, and practice in the art of Spiritual Direction, as well as 5 in person retreats.
  • The internship begins with a weekend intensive in January 2024 and meets weekly through zoom with another in person retreat May 31, June 1 & 2. Summer break and then a third in person retreat September  6 , 7 & 8, followed by weekly zoom sessions consisting of two and a half hours.  Time will be determined by the group.  Fourth in person retreat Jan. 2025.  Closing retreat is April 25, 26, & 27, 2025 at Nazareth Retreat Center.


  • An on-going experience of personal spiritual direction
  • A commitment to engage in experiential learning
  • An ability to companion others in a one-to-one relationship
  • Background in Theology and Spirituality
  • A minimum of five years in ministry


  • Each intern will see two directee’s
  • Interns must make one directed retreat
  • Interns are encouraged to attend two workshops recommended by the Staff.
  • Interns must be present for the two-day intensive and the following four overnight retreats at Nazareth

Application Process

Those seeking admission to the internship in Spiritual Direction please submit the following:

  • An autobiography that includes your spiritual journey (4-5 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendations from persons who know you well. Include a referral from at least one person who has experience of you in ministry.
  • Personal statement of what you expect from the internship and why you desire it at this time
  • All application materials, including the application fee by November 15, 2023.
  • After receipt of the above materials, a personal interview will be arranged with the internship staff.

To register for the internship please complete the online registration form along with $100 fee.  Payment for additional fees will be in installment payments once accepted.

HYBRID MODEL – 5 in person weekend retreats at Nazareth plus 38  2 1/2 hour sessions through zoom.

Application fee is $100.00   Cost for program is $4,245.00 to be paid in installments.


Sharon Gray, SCN, PhD.
Sharon Gray is a Sister of Charity of Nazareth.  She has been a certified spiritual director for over 30 years, having conducted training programs for spiritual directors in Chicago at the Claret Center, Racine Center in Wisconsin and Nazareth Retreat Center, Kentucky.  As well she has conducted training sessions in Bangalore, India, consisting of in-person and zoom sessions.  Sharon holds Master degrees in Theology and Education, as well as a Doctorate in Music.  She has taught at Ohio Northern University, University of Wisconsin, Spalding University and Catholic Theological.  Having various publications both in the U.S. and India, she has served…
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Lisa Downs
Lisa Downs has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans, certification as a Spiritual Director from Nazareth Retreat Center and is a Boundless Compassion Facilitator.   She has served in various roles the past twenty years including Director of Adult Faith Formation, Pastoral Associate, Pastoral Administrator, Spiritual Director, assistant teacher for Spiritual Director’s Internship, and currently is the Director of the Nazareth Retreat Center.  She lives in Bardstown with her husband of 40 years and they have three sons, two daughters-in-law  and three granddaughters.
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