Spiritual Direction

“Spiritual direction or companionship inspires people to experience authenticity in their lives as they connect with and explore the ground of all being, that deepest of truths which is beyond life and death and goes by many names, including God, and no name at all.”
-Spiritual Directors International

Spiritual direction (or spiritual companioning) is a relationship in which the director listens to your story with an ear to the holy, to the divine. It’s a confidential conversation in which the Spirit of God is present as you talk about your journey in faith.

Your director is:

  • a companion for your journey who assists you in recognizing the presence and call of the Holy in your life.

  • not a therapist, but rather a listener who can be helpful as you open yourself more fully to the action of the Spirit.

You don’t need to come to spiritual direction with any great problems or concerns. God’s movement in you may be a gentle desire to spend more time in prayer or a need to discover God’s presence in the ordinary events of daily life. You may even discover the presence of the Holy where you didn’t think it existed in your life.

Mercy Center has permanent staff members who offer spiritual direction. They usually offer appointments Monday-Friday during normal business hours.

Ginger Andrews, RSM, serves as a spiritual director and retreat guide with a holistic approach to spirituality. Her special interests include energy work, eco-feminism, liturgy, and music. She holds a masters degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University as well as a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the St. Louis Spiritual Directors Forum.

​​Agnes Brueggen, RSM, is a certified spiritual director who has served as a spiritual companion at Mercy Center for more than 20 years, offering directed retreats and individual spiritual direction, and serving on the spirituality team.  Her many years as a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have provided experience in secondary education, health care mission, religious formation, and spirituality/retreat ministry. Her special interest is incarnational spirituality~ helping people discover the Merciful One in ordinary daily situations as well as creation and scripture. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, reading and movies.  Agnes is a member of Spiritual Directors International.

Rita O’Dea has worked in spiritual direction and retreat ministry since 1983 and has served on the Mercy Center Spirituality Team since 2001. She completed a certificate program in spiritual direction at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. Her approach is holistic, integrating mind/body/spirit.  Her special interests include dreamwork and the dialogue between Eastern and Western traditions of spirituality. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the St. Louis Spiritual Directors Forum.

Mercy Center also has several Adjunct Spiritual Directors. They see spiritual direction clients on the Mercy Center Campus and may offer appointments some evenings and weekends in addition to daytime hours.

For more information, please call 314-909-4663