Spiritual Direction

School of Spiritual Direction

Retreat in Daily Life
Welcome to a 500-year-old prayer journey that commonly has been known to change lives and bring participants into closer relationship with God. Retreat in Daily Life (RIDL) focuses on the Ignatian Exercises, a ten-month process beginning in the fall and concluding in the spring. Prior to beginning the exercises in October, retreatants practice prayer methods in August and September that they will encounter in the following months. Each participant is assigned to a small group that meets weekly and to a spiritual director with whom they meet monthly. Daily, retreatants focus on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They do this through prayer and scripture readings outlined in Ignatian Adventures, and by following the Ignatian principle of “finding God in all things.” 

Registration period for Retreat in Daily Life is June 14 through July 12, 2024.

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Please see details about program requirements and costs in “Program Requirements and Expectations” below.

program requirements

Watch an Ignatian Prayer Introduction Video by The Rev. Canon Susan Joplin below.


The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma’s School of Ministry is pleased to announce the formation of its newest offering - the School of Spiritual Direction under the leadership of Canon Susan Joplin of St. Paul's Cathedral in Downtown Oklahoma City (Canon Susan Bio HERE). The 2023-2025 School of Spiritual Direction course is now CLOSED for applications.

What is the School of Spiritual Direction?
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma’s School of Spiritual Direction is a diocesan school committed to raising up individuals discerning a call to become spiritual directors. The two-year program includes four terms. Students meet in monthly sessions, in person, from September thru May.  After finishing the program, students will earn a proof of completion from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.  Requirements to be considered for the program include meeting regularly with a Spiritual Director and previous experience in prayer disciplines. It is highly recommended that those interested in applying have completed an 8-month Ignatian Exercises group, and have experience with Daily Lectio/Centering prayer discipline based on Sacred Space or the Book of Common Prayer. For further information, please contact program Dean Susan Joplin at sjoplin@epiok.org.

Click HERE for admission process. 

Overview of Curriculum for each term: 

  • Term One, September – December, 2023: This is an orientation term in which we focus on answering the question, “Who is God for me?”
  • Term Two, January – May, 2024: In this term we focus on knowing yourself, answering the question “Who am I?” This will be done through the guidance of community professionals.
  • Term Three, September – December, 2024: In this term we focus on answering the question, “Who is the other?” We explore other’s needs through the skill practice of deep listening. Students begin working with directees in this term.
  • Term Four, January – May, 2025: In this term we focus on the transformation of self, modeled by the resurrection experience, answering the question “How will God use me now?

Cost: There is an annual tuition of $1200.00 per student for each year of participation. It is highly recommended students seek financial assistance from their congregations. Limited Diocesan support available. 

How Can I Become a Diocesan Recommended Spiritual Director? 
Please click HERE to see a list of requirements to become a recommended Diocesan spiritual director. Applications should be turned into Dean Susan Joplin at sjoplin@epiok.org.


924 N. Robinson I Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 232-4820

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm CST