Spiritual Accompaniment/Spiritual Direction

Spiritual accompaniment encourages you to explore a closer relationship with God in the midst of everyday life through meeting with a spiritual director or guide to share your faith experience. You may come to spiritual accompaniment for a variety of reasons: 

  • To identify and trust your own experience of God
  • To integrate spirituality into your daily life
  • To discern and make choices
  • To share your hopes, struggles and losses

The Spiritual Director 

The privilege and the responsibility of a spiritual director is to journey with you as you deepen your relationship with God. Normally they will not know you through any other context such as church community. The journey takes place in the context of confidentiality. Most spiritual directors have extensive training and formation and are seasoned in the art of spiritual direction. You and your spiritual director will agree on a convenient location and time for the meeting, usually once every 6-8 weeks for about an hour.

Seek and find a Spiritual Director 

The Diocese of Rochester has a network of experienced spiritual directors. If you are interested in exploring spiritual direction please contact the Rev Susanne Carlsson by phone 01342 850338 or by email or Rev Pat Percival by phone  02083029754 or by email

Leaflet about SD

Exploring a Calling to Spiritual Accompaniment 

There is a need to support both ordained and lay ministers in a deeper awareness of the presence of God in their lives, a growing discernment of God's will, and a clear link with the greater mission of God in the world.

Responding to this need, there is a Spiritual Accompaniment Programme offered jointly by Canterbury and Rochester Dioceses. The aim is to develop a group of both lay and ordained practitioners who are called to this ministry to become both confident and competent in their spiritual accompaniment of others.

The next course will start in 2022

Brochure for 2020

For more info contact: Susanne Carlsson by phone 07795167603 or by email

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