Ten Christians from around the diocese met in Surrey in September for a residential course preparing them for roles as Spiritual Directors.

Under the leadership of Canon John Newsome, in his new role as Diocesan Adviser on Spirituality, with The Rev'd Dr. Mark Godson, former Director of the London Centre for Spirituality and now parish priest in the Guildford Diocese, and Canon Ulla Monberg, the Diocesan Director of Ministerial Development, the ten lay and ordained participants completed a three-year training. Bishop Robert blessed and commissioned the new Spiritual Directors at a Eucharist to mark the event.

Canon John Newsome, the Diocesan Adviser on Spirituality, is drawing up a list of Spiritual Directors in the Diocese and can be contacted for those who wish to find a Spiritual Director and those who offer this ministry. The next Diocesan Course on Spiritual Direction is planned to begin in Autumn 2017. Anyone interested in exploring this further are asked to contact the Director of Ministerial Development at

Pictures by Madeleine Holmes.