Friday Evening June 27, 7.30pm at the Conference Room, St Andrew's on the Terrace - The Fourfold Journey of All in Christ - Cost $10.00
Saturday June 28, 10.00am - 4.00pm, St Theresa's Parish Hall, Plimmerton (Parking in James St) - Four Critical Questions and Practices for the Journey
A Professional Development Day for Spiritual Directors (and others in related ministry) - BYO Lunch, AM & PM tea provided - Cost $30.00
Enquiries to Andrew Pritchard: firstname.lastname@example.org (04)9046764
Alexander Shaia with his pilgrimmage Compestela
Dr Alexander Shaia who was in New Zealand during 2011-12, is preparing to return to New Zealand from his home in the USA.
Alexander who is a spiritual director, psychotherapist and theologian blessed many in New Zealand during his earlier extended stay. His studies on the Gospels around the theme of Quadratos were at the Centre of his teaching earlier.
After further ministry in the USA this year, Alexander walked the Way of St James - a 600 mile walk from southern France through Spain from September to November. There is a comprehensive pictorial record of this on Alexanders Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/ashaia I am sure he would be happy to have you as a "friend" if you want to view and digest this - tell him Terry Alve sent you!
My understanding is that Alexander shortly will make another extended stay in NZ and Australia. He will be in Auckland during Easter 2013 conducting a 72 hour retreat. He also wrote in Facebook on Dec. 8th,
Final morning of mything and exploring the Great Tree within and amongst us but especially in our hands. And yes Josie and I are planning now how we may take this work literally around the world beginning with NZ and AU. Consider joining us.
Pray for this man of God as he returns to be among us and consider joining him as he ministers around New Zealand in the next few months. Contact Terry Alve (iCareResources) for more information.
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.