InterPresence: Christian Spiritual Direction in Portland, OR

What I offer?

I offer adult men and women a process of Christian spiritual direction or accompaniment. It is a ministry of the Word of God in the human condition — it is soul care.

I wish to serve by offering a professionally trained Christian ministry of empathic, reflective, active listening and response based on God’s Word. My hope is that you may be able to explore your life with greater understanding and freedom under grace, and grow in Christian discipleship. This is an essential part of the process of discerning how God may be speaking into your life at the present moment.

The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life 

John 6:63

What is Christian Spiritual Direction?

Christian Spiritual Direction is a unique relationship in which a Spiritual Director invites a Directee to attend to God’s presence in their lives.  It becomes a vehicle for the Directee to care for his/her soul by slowing down enough to listen for God’s invitations and live a deeper commitment to Christ in daily life. This process of spiritual accompaniment assumes and believes that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth who will guide us into all truth and the fulness of life in Christ. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come (John 16:13).

Spiritual Direction sessions usually last about one hour and occur monthly. Of course, there may be exceptions as circumstances demand.

Is an offering requested for my ministry?

I do not request an offering for my services as I wish to offer this ministry to as many people as may be led to it.

Where and when do I meet directees?

Usually, I meet with directees at Taborspace in SE Portland, address and directions are here.

I am typically available on Saturdays.

My background

I was born and raised in New York City. My parents and older brother were immigrants from Colombia. I completed the B.A. degree in Chemistry at New York University. Later I earned a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Providence College, Rhode Island and a Master of Divinity degree from the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.

After completing my undergraduate degree at N.Y.U. I went to Europe to begin medical studies with the goal of becoming a psychiatrist. During my first year of study I made a radical personal change of direction and entered a Benedictine monastic community in the United States. After initial monastic formation I was ordained a priest in 1986 and served in various roles, including service as the monastery’s Abbot from 1991 to 2005.

After retiring from office in 2005 I lived with a monastic community in Colorado and also did work in Nevada, where I taught, preached, offered spiritual direction, led retreats, and did parish ministry.

In October 2010 I made another big life transition and decided to leave monastic life in response to a new spiritual call discerned over many years. I married Gisela, a pediatrician, in 2012. She is my partner in faith, prayer, and mission. We live in Portland, OR where we love to hike, bike, attend concerts, watch movies, eat great food, and spend time with family and friends.

My theological and spiritual formation is biblical, liturgical, and sacramental.

Over the years I have had experience in spirituality, human development, spiritual direction, education, leadership, and pastoral ministry.

I am a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and currently serve as a hospital chaplain. In addition, I am a Certified Grief Recovery® Specialist who has been trained and certified by The Grief Recovery Institute®.

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