The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Spiritual Development

Every aspect of seminary life — academics, worship, personal interaction, service, private life — is an opportunity for spiritual development. Seminarians and their families have special supports for that struggle and growth, as they live with the Holy Spirit on the Mountain. Faculty members and spiritual directors can offer insight and care. The seminary has quiet days, special seminars and workshops, retreats, and reflection groups that help clear your mind and confirm your faith. Sometimes, just a simple hike along the perimeter trail is spiritual development in its own right. Every year, students take the initiative to form their own prayer groups, bible studies, service projects, and far more.

Spiritual Directors

Although spiritual direction for seminarians is not mandatory, many find it a helpful discipline. Those in formation for ministry, and other family members as well, are encouraged to make use of this spiritual practice. The office for community life is responsible for maintaining a list of spiritual directors and confessors for seminarians and their spouses. Interested parties can either view the list of spiritual directors or contact the associate dean for community life.

Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer Support Group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, Room 238.


The Catechumenate offers the opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a setting of conversation and inquiry.  Many find these small groups to be an important and supportive community during their time in Sewanee. The Catechumenate meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the Bairnwick Women’s Center.  On the first Wednesday of the month, we start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner. 

St. Mary’s Sewanee

St. Mary's Sewanee is a Center for Spiritual Development resting on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, that offers a place of natural beauty and quiet for retreat, renewal and learning.