Dr Alexander Shaia
I have had the opportunity twice now to be part of retreats where Dr Alexander Shaia has been the retreat director. The first was during July 2011 in Auckland where he was addressing the biennial meetings of the Association of Spiritual Directors (ANZ) and the second was last week at Pa Maria, Wellington CBD where he offered a two day retreat for local spiritual directors.
On both occasions Alexander, a liturgist, psychotherapist, theologian, spiritual director and genuine nice guy, has impressed me as a man of deep Christian faith and with great communication skills. Another of his qualifications, something that deeply informs his ministry, relates to the fact that he is first generation Lebanese with Maronite Christian roots. His intuitive feeling for and understanding of Semitic cultures is a great asset. He is essentially a commentator on the Gospels and he has coined the term Quadratos for the four questions being asked (and answered one by one) in the Gospel texts. Thus:
You may enjoy viewing Dr Shaia's presentation style and some of his wisdom in a video offered by Spiritiual Directors International which is on the Inspirational Resources page of this website.
While he will return to the US shortly, Dr Shaia talks of returning to NZ and Australia for further ministry and time among the people down under.
This is a place where we can discuss mentoring, ministry and what we have found helpful for sustaining our inner lives and good relationships.