Emmaus Supervision Program


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Saturday 27 August 2022, 9.30am-11am AEST


Closing Date for Applications:  15 October 2022

The Emmaus Supervision Program has been developed in response to demand for professional supervisors for those in individual ministry – clergy, Religious Sisters and Brothers, pastoral care practitioners, spiritual directors, spiritual health workers, etc. It is a program for the formation of competent, experienced professional supervisors.

The program draws on the encounter of the two disciples with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).

The lecturers and supervisors at Heart of Life foster a discerning, contemplative approach whereby supervisors-in-formation learn to attend to their supervisees and walk with them as they seek to recognise what may be hidden to them, opening their eyes to their potential for growth in their particular ministry.

The program is open to women and men of varying faith and cultural traditions, who are drawn to support the ministry journey of others, and seek to discern whether they may be called to the ministry of supervision. The program will suit those who are looking to move into this area of work who have at least five years’ experience in their particular ministry.

The Emmaus Program will build on Heart of Life’s national and international reputation for excellence in its Siloam Program, which is Australia’s longest-running program for the formation of spiritual directors.

Emmaus is studied part-time over eighteen months. It can be studied in-person or via Zoom. The program comprises a number of four-day intensives (in the Victorian school holidays), and 2 x 14-week seminars, followed by monthly gatherings to continue supervision input and practice. The program begins in February and concludes in June the following year.

Emmaus’s approach to formation is soundly experiential. It is Christocentric in its spirituality, praxis-oriented, and firmly based in grounded theory. It comprises:

  • Orientation & Supervision Introduction – four-day Intensive
  • Spirituality of Human Life Stages – a 14-week seminar on Tuesday afternoons, Semester 1
  • Discernment – a 14-week seminar on Tuesday mornings, Semester 2
  • Theory & Practice of Supervision modules (including Professional Standards) as two- and four-day Intensives

The Emmaus Formation Team is comprised of: Peter Hay, Jo Sullivan and Joan Wright Howie.

The 2023/2024 Emmaus brochure is available here.  Click here to download the application form.

The closing date for applications for the Emmaus Supervision Program is 15 October 2022. Places are limited and so we encourage applications as early as possible.