Spiritual Guidance Available at the Community of the Transfiguration

 

Spiritual guidance/direction* is available to those who are interested, and to our guests who request it in advance. On campus we have two priests, one deacon, and one layperson who are available. Please call 513.771.2171 ext. 161 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for direct contact information or to make an appointment.

 Sr. Diana Doncaster, a member of the Community of the Transfiguration and an Episcopal priest, is currently enrolled in the Shalem Spiritual Guidance program and has had training in spiritual guidance at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.

Fr. Tom Fehr, chaplain to the Community of the Transfiguration, is an Episcopal priest who has been in spiritual direction for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary. He lived in community for nearly three years with the Common Friars.

Suzanne Olmstead, an Oblate of the Community of the Transfiguration, has been in spiritual direction for over 30 years. She completed her training in spiritual guidance/direction in 2011 with the Sisters of Charity in Nazareth, KY.

Anne Reed is the Executive Director of the Transfiguration Spirituality Center and a deacon in The Episcopal Church. She completed the program in Spiritual Guidance offered by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in 2019 and has been in spiritual direction for over 30 years.

Mary Shumard has close to thirty years of experience as a Christian Counselor and Consultant. She is also a Lay Minister and Supply Pastor in the United Methodist Church. Mary continues to offer Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Guidance upon request.

*Spiritual direction is “an encounter that explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Spiritual direction helps people tell their sacred stories every day. Spiritual direction describes the ancient process of accompanying people in their spiritual journey toward freedom and peace. Meeting regularly in spiritual direction supports spiritual formation. Spiritual direction is available to people of all faiths and people who are spiritual but have no religion…” from the Spiritual Directors International website: https://www.sdiworld.org/find-spiritual-director/spiritual-direction-101

 

 transfiguration

This incident in the life of Jesus is a turning point from which the direction of His life changes dramatically. After this He moves towards Jerusalem and His crucifixion. The dazzling light shining from Him reveals who He really is, and the presence of Moses and Elijah, as well as the voice of God confirms it. It is a powerful and mysterious event in which the Holy One is visually revealed.

When the disciples descend from this mountaintop experience of the Holy Jesus they are immediately confronted with the needs of the world. It is a model for the balance of a life of contemplation and the life of service.

Luke 9:28:43

“Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” - not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.

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The Community of the Transfiguration is a Religious Order for women in the Episcopal Church, USA and part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We live together in Community under the traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. While many Anglican Religious Orders in America originated in England, our order was founded in the United States and our Rule of Life, while influenced by the great traditions of monasticism, is as distinctly American as the order.

Our dedication is to the deep mysteries of the Transfiguration of Jesus—the epiphany of light on the mountaintop followed by the compassionate healing of a child. In choosing the mystery of the Transfiguration our Mother Eva Mary saw in it; "the union of the heavenly and the earthly, the sacramental presence of God. The vision of the King in his beauty is given that the light may shine through us and guide others to know, love and glorify him.” 

This union of the earthly and heavenly in the Transfiguration of Jesus is symbolic of the unity of a life of both prayer and service. To read more about the Transfiguration see the article below.

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