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Welcome to Christian Formation & Direction Ministries (CFDM) Arizona

Here for our two-year certificate program in spiritual direction? Due to the COVID Virus, Year One for Cohort 6 will take place on the Zoom platform, providing a safe and accessible environment, while lowering the tuition. Download and print the application here: Application Cohort 6-2

Our mission is to cultivate spiritual formation, fostering our response to the invitation to deepen our relationship with the triune God.  Our trainings, events, workshops and programs offer the opportunity to go deeper in your relationship with God, yourself and the world.

I invite you to explore our two-year certification training program in spiritual direction, as well as other workshops, events and resources offered through CFDM Arizona.

Joyce in Purple Shirt

Blessings and Peace,

Joyce Vidal-Thornburg, MA, CT, CSD
Executive Director, CFDM Arizona
cfdm.az@gmail.com

The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the face of conventional gestures and attitudes which are presented to the world, and to bring out the person’s inner spiritual freedom, his/her inmost truth, which is what we call the likeness of Christ in his/her soul. – Thomas Merton

I had the honor and privilege to be a part of the first CFDM Arizona Cohort, traveling from San Antonio, Texas each time!   The relationships I made, the internal movement of God in my life, and the training in preparation for meeting with others in their journey with God were life changing in so many ways.  I would count my two years in CFDM training as one of the major spiritual mile markers in my entire life.  As I meet with others in a Spiritual Direction relationship since my completion of the training, the effects of God working through CFDM are spread to many others.

 

Cohort 1 Member

The moment I was accepted into the Spiritual Direction program at CFDM, I knew it would be a life changing experience! Not only did I receive excellent theological coursework and practical experience, I learned how to integrate all parts of my inner Self and come to a better understanding of my own journey towards wholeness as a beloved child of God. Thanks to my two-year intensive training I can now be an active part of this listening ministry and help others grow towards holistic peace. Thank you CFDM for making this journey possible for me!

 

CFDM Cohort Two