joyceJoyce Vidal-Thornburg, MA, CT

Director, CFDM-AZ, (602) 750-9970

Joyce is a “cradle Episcopalian” who has been involved in Christian formation and ministry, both as laity and professionally, for most of her life.   Her yearning for God began when she joined a church choir at age seven and has continued unabated as the weavings of faith and lived experience have flowed through all aspects of her life.

She has been a social worker and a counselor for over twenty years, serving currently as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospice of the Valley in the Phoenix area.  A recent passion for Joyce is spiritual direction, having received her Certification through CFDM, and she is in training to help with future development programs.

“It is an honor and privilege to accompany others as they grow in their relationship with God and discern how the Holy Spirit is bringing about transformation.”

Spiritual Direction

Joyce is available to offer both spiritual direction and supervision of spiritual directors and has a growing list of spiritual directors who are available in Arizona.  She is working to develop and/or support a Network of Directors in Arizona, composed of men and women who want to be part of the Network and who are already Directors or are in training to be Directors.

CFDM-Arizona is working with graduates of the Certificate Program in Christian Formation & Spiritual Direction offered by CFDM, as well as graduates of other training programs, to provide ongoing supervision, evaluation, referral, and continuing partnership for spiritual directors.

For information regarding training, joining the network, or referral to a qualified Director, contact Joyce the CFDM Regional Director for Arizona.

Local Events

Various events are planned and resources made available by the Network in response to requests and needs in the region. For additional information regarding quiet days, spiritual formation events the networking of spiritual directors, and weekend retreats, contact Joyce.

Retreat Centers

CFDM is committed to locating, networking, and establishing retreat centers and locations in this region (homes, cabins, established retreat centers) where people can go for rest, solitude, prayer, self-guided retreats, and Christ-centered spiritual direction. For current listings contact Joyce.



CFDM-Southwest cohort 4, 2016-2018


Our fourth training program for spiritual directors in Arizona is now underway [see picture above] and a fifth cohort will began its first year in the fall of 2018 [see below for a download that includes both information and application].


Application 2018-20