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Our History

 

 

 

 

 

The story so far . . .

A small group met in Canberra in 1989 and the network was given birth. The Mission Statement was developed and adopted at that meeting. Since then, a Newsletter has been produced regularly and the Regional Networks continue to be established throughout Australia. ANSD is nurtured by an Executive comprising the National President, Secretary and Treasurer, plus members representing the regions throughout the country. This executive meets for a day prior to the annual conference to envision and plan for the ongoing life of ANSD. Annual conferences held in rotation in the various regions provide support, training and encouragement for people involved in the ministry of spiritual direction. Several training workshops have also been held. ANSD was incorporated in 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers at Annual Conferences have included . . .

Pilgrimages have been to . . .

2001 Central Australia - ANSD Pilgrimage to the Centre

2005 Kangaroo Island SA - ANSD Pilgrimage on Kangaroo Island

Training Workshops have been led by . . .

Rev'd Canon Gordon Jeff (two)
Rev'd Dr Margaret Guenther
Sue Richardson pbvm
Brian Gallagher msc
Rev'd Canon John Stewart
Rev'd Andrew Mayes

The ANSD has been actively involved in the formation of a new national body known as the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction. The AECSD aims to serve the wider spiritual direction community of Australia through the provision of a Code of Ethics, establishment of Formation Standards, supporting the various associations and formation bodies for spiritual directors in Australia, providing opportunities for conversation among formators, and encouraging the ongoing personal, spiritual and professional development of spiritual directors. The AECSD was launched at a national gathering at Trinity College, Melbourne University, 30 June 2006. The President is Marie Thompson from Brisbane.