• Rose Mary Dougherty

    • Rose Mary, Shalem's Senior Fellow for Spiritual Guidance, has ministered in the area of spirituality for over 30 years and is well known as a spiritual teacher and guide. She has authored two books on group spiritual direction and one on discernment and founded Companioning the Dying, an experiential learning program for compassionate companioning.

Listen to the Mockingbird

Today’s post is by Rose Mary Dougherty Recently, I have been struck by the song of the mockingbird. I have one (the same one every day, I think) that sits in a tree in my backyard, picking up the song of other birds and singing all evening long. I noticed that even when my neighbor […]

Composting our Lives

by Rose Mary Dougherty* *Excerpted from her article, “Composting our Lives” from Shalem’s News, Volume 33, No. 1-Winter, 2009. The full issue may be viewed here. Several years ago, I was participating in a retreat (where)… we were to spend one day outdoors in the surrounding wooded area. Our instructions were to go outdoors, follow […]

Becoming Who We Are

by Rose Mary Dougherty (from the Shalem Archives, 1996) Several months ago I had what I have come to call “my recurring dream.” I’ve had the same dream periodically over the past ten years. In the dream I am young and I am going to several personal wisdom figures, asking them if they think I […]

Group Spiritual Direction: What Is It?

An Online Version of The Shalem Pamphlet on Group Spiritual Direction by Rose Mary Dougherty Group spiritual direction is a process in which people gather together on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life. They are seeking support for their responsiveness to God and they […]