2012 Gathering Papers

The AECSD National Gathering: Sharing the Gifts 2012 was held from 21 to 23 September 2012 in Melbourne.

The following resources are for your use from the Gathering presentatons:

Gathering Workshops

  • Irene Alexander (Mansfield QLD) – Practising the presence of Jesus – Being with scripture in Spiritual Direction and retreat settings
  • Peter Bentley (Melbourne VIC) – The Art of Contemplative Practice: Laying the foundation for SD formation
  • Sue Dunbar (Canberra ACT) – “Mapquest”: directing those unfamiliar with the Inner Journey
  • Trish McBride (Wellington NZ) – A Closer Look at Forgivenness
  • Anthony Hempenstall (Villeneuve QLD) – The new story: Emerging images of God and Spiritual Direction
  • Glen Loughrey (Banora Point NSW) – Engaging teenagers from a Non-religious background in the spiritual journey
  • Ian Palmer (Canberra ACT) – Spirituality in the Airport lounge: Liminality in the experience of Pilgrimage and life’s journeys
  • Therese Quinn (Williamstown VIC) –  Art in Spiritual Direction
  • Michael Smith SJ (Melbourne VIC) – Apostolic Dreaming
  • John Stuart (Melbourne VIC) – Music: A Graced Invitation of the Spirit to Journey Inward
  • Lucy Tierney (Inala, QLD) – “Who-I-am-becoming”: essence of Spiritual Direction
  • Kaye Twining (Melbourne VIC) – Sitting Meditation: A fundamental spiritual practice for befriending the whole self
  • Roslyn Wright (Melbourne VIC) – Becoming who I am: an exploration of our unique identity in Christ


Anthology of Spiritual Direction


Keynote Presentations
by Monty Williams SJ

Monty is a well-known Canadian retreat master, spiritual director and professor of theology at Regis College in Toronto. He is the author of four books including his latest release, Stepping Into Mystery: A Guide to Discernment(2012), Finding God in the Dark II (with John Pungente, SJ) and The Gift of Spiritual Intimacy.


Marie Thompson

AECSD President’s Address


Sue Dunbar

Map Quest Handout