Dear Friends,

Welcome to the website for Christian Formation & Direction Ministries.  We founded CFDM to “lead others into a renewed love for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through spiritual formation and the art of spiritual direction.”

Our central focus has been to establish and develop relational networks of spiritual directors in regions in the western United States for purposes of continuing education and formation, referral, and partnership for spiritual directors.  Toward this purpose, we have offered training programs in Christian formation and spiritual direction, ongoing supervision, and continuing support, encouragement, and enrichment for spiritual directors.

Beginning in 2018, a transition in leadership of CFDM will have been accomplished. Currently there are five strong regional networks, or affiliates, of CFDM—CFDM-Arizona, CFDM-Central California, CFDM-Los Angeles, CFDM-Nevada, and CFDM-Northwest—which have become entirely independent, with their own not-for-profit status and record keeping. So, the primary purpose of this CFDM website now is to refer you to the newly independent affiliates of CFDM, which you can access from the Affiliate Link at the top of this page.

Grace and Peace to you this day,

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“We all–by necessity–see everything through the lens of our own temperament, early conditioning, brain function, role and place in society, education, our personal needs, and our unique cultural biases and assumptions…To help us escape from this trap, the formerly rare ministry of spiritual direction is being rediscovered and revalued in our time, especially among the laity.  It is a proven way to hold personal experience accountable to Scripture, common sense, reason, [good psychology, and tradition].” –Richard Rohr. Eager to Love–The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.  Franciscan Media, 2014, p. 3.