Our Writing

Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Engaging in Holy Mystery (Spiritual Directors International) by Mary Rose Bumpus (Editor) and Rebecca Bradburn Langer (Editor) including a chapter by Maria Tattu Bowen.

Sacred Is the Call: The Transformational Work of Spiritual Direction Programs for Personal and Professional Growth (Crossroad Book) by Suzanne Buckley (Editor), including a chapter by Maria Tattu Bowen.

Distance Supervision by Maria Tattu Bowen (Response to John Mabry) in Reflective Practice:  Formation and Supervision in Ministry, Vol. 31, 2011, pp. 87 – 91.

Harvest of Righteousness: A Spiritual Discipline of    Devotion in the Reformed Tradition by Rebecca Bradburn Langer.



Work by Our Graduates


Awakening the Creative Spirit:  Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction by Christine Valters Paintner (a Together in the Mystery graduate).  Though mostly about spiritual direction, this book has a wonderful chapter on bringing the arts to supervision.


Other Recommendations


Reflective Practice:  Formation and Supervision in Ministry. This journal, which even non-subscribers can access online, is an excellent, academically oriented publication.

Presence:  An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. This journal is one benefit of joining the professional organization of spiritual directors:  Spiritual Directors International.

Supervision Resources

The Soul of Supervision: Integrating Practice and Theory by Margaret Benefiel & Geraldine Holton (focuses on supervision across disciplines).

Looking Into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors by Maureen Conroy, R. S. M. Conroy (Author), George Aschenbrenner (Foreword)

Sacred is the Call: Supervisory Accountability and Responsibility in the Formation of Spiritual Directors by Janet Ruffing in Reflective Practice 30, 2010, pp. 110-124.

These books are more about pastoral supervision than specifically spiritual direction supervision, but they are relevant to supervisors of spiritual directors:

Courageous Conversations: The Teaching and Learning of Pastoral Supervision by William De Long

Transforming the Rough Places: The Ministry of Supervision by Kenneth Pohly

Selected Books by Friends & Colleagues

Nature as Spiritual Practice by Steven Chase

Earth Gospel:  A Guide to Praying for God’s Creation by Samuel Hamilton-Poore

Walking with God in a Fragile World edited by James Langford & LeRoy Rouner (see chapter by Kathleen McManus)

40-Day Journey with Gerard Manley Hopkins by Francis McAloon

The Way of Discernment:  Practices for Decision Making by Elizabeth Liebert

Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction (Spiritual Directors International) by Susan S. Phillips.