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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

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

The 2 year CFDM spiritual direction training experience was such a blessing.  The teachers were enthusiastic and full of information and the reading suggestions were just wonderful.

I loved the personal ‘work’ we were asked to engage in so as to open our own hearts and being to the grace and love of God.  My fellow companions were sincere, inspiring and lots of fun! I recommend the program for anyone interested in deepening their own spiritual practices, grow spiritually  and become a spiritual director. One last mention;  we were served delicious meals  during our sessions.

From Cohort Four