Those seeking spiritual direction in the Christian tradition can now look towards a new group of people belonging to Life Direction Singapore (LDS), and who come from various Christian Churches.

LDS evolved from Life Direction Team (LDT), an effort which began in 1983 under the auspices of the late Archbishop Gregory Yong to initiate a formation programme for spiritual direction.

The resource persons comprised Jesuit Frs John Reilly and Robert Rice, and Cenacle Srs Linda Lizada and Patricia Cluston.

By 1985, those who completed this formation programme wanted to support one another in the ministry of spiritual direction and accompaniment to persons in their faith journey, and also offer this to parishes and Religious congregations in Singapore and Malaysia.

LDT was then established under the leadership of Good Shepherd Sr Elizabeth Lim.

LDT membership comprised Religious, ordained ministers and lay persons formed through LDT and houses of spiritual direction formation locally and overseas. LDT also developed formation programmes in spiritual direction in response to the increased need for training of spiritual directors.

At their 2012 annual general meeting, members expressed the need to reassess the vision and mission of LDT. LDS was the new name proposed by the members to make it more inclusive and to further reflect the collaborative and ecumenical aspect of an enlarged group of spiritual directors.

Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia endorsed this change earlier this year.

LDS was formalised at an annual general meeting in August.

For more information, contact Diana Koh (9757-0245).

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