Training in Prayer Guidance

bible by candlelight

Perhaps you've made a retreat where you've been invited to pray with Scripture or attended prayer sessions in the Prayer Guidance Centre in Knock Shrine, and occasions such as these have left you feeling that you'd like to help others in the same way, whether in Knock or elsewhere?

If so, our training in Prayer Guidance may be your next step as the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality & Culture runs a two-year training course to train suitable guides. Year 1 (6 Friday evenings & Saturdays) focuses on leading groups into prayer, whilst Year 2 (4 Saturdays) is centred on ‘Sacred Listening’, listening to and helping individuals with their prayer in the setting of a guided retreat. It is possible to start the course in either year.

Year 1, Autumn & Winter 2019-2020

Year 1 consists of six monthly meetings in Knock Shrine from October to March. It is open to:

  • People wishing to train as prayer guides who, subject to a successful interview, will start their training;
  • Candidates who started, and successfully completed, the course in 2018-19 on 'Sacred Listening'; 
  • Trained prayer guides who wish to refresh their skills.

The course is experiential, based on each participant's own spiritual journey and growth in prayer, learning to notice what happens when they pray and where God seems to be drawing them. Participants will be introduced to different ways of praying, with an emphasis on different ways of understanding and praying the Scriptures, together with the more practical skills of leading others into prayer. 

For everyone wishing to start the course this October, it is essential that you apply on time and be available for interview in September.

Final date for applications: WEDNESDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 2019

Course facilitators: Angela Marson, Moira McDowall, Tom Taaffe

Venue: St Brigid's, Knock Shrine

Dates: 6 Friday evenings (7.30-9.30 pm) and Saturdays (9:30 am-4.30 pm.

Friday & Saturdays: 25th-26th October; 22nd- 23rd November & 6th-7th December 2019; 10th-11th January; 7-8th February & 6-7th March 2020.

Cost: €250.00

If you'd like to discuss anything further or would like more information, please don't hestate to contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning either 091 725363 or 086 877 6537. We'd be delighted to hear from you.