Emmaus Supervision Program

We are currently accepting applications for the Feb 2022 intake.

The Emmaus Supervision Program has been developed in response to demand for professional supervisors for those in individual ministry – clergy, Religious Sisters and Brothers, chaplains, spiritual directors, spiritual health workers, pastoral carers 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.

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 2022 and concludes in June 2023.

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

  • Supervision – theory and practice of supervision intensives, with individual supervision
  • Discernment
  • Spirituality of Human Life Stages
  • Professional Standards in Ministry

Emmaus Formation Team:  Peter Hay, Jeff Hood, Marcel Koper, Jo Sullivan, Joan Wright-Howie, Paul Beirne.

Click here to download the Emmaus 2022/23 brochure in pdf format.

Click here to download the Emmaus 2022/23 application form.

The closing date for applications for the Emmaus Supervision Program is 30 November 2021. Places are limited and so we encourage applications as early as possible.