Spiritual Direction

The central scene is a mandala inviting us to go on an “inward journey” as we meditate on the growing of the Kingdom of God. The biblical figures presented in the other six scenes can be our guides and companions on our “outward journey” to the poor, the oppressed and forgotten.

At the Kairos Centre we have both male and female Spiritual Directors.  You might come on retreat and meet with a Spiritual Director daily or for example at the beginning and end of your retreat. You might wish to see a Spiritual Director regularly and this would usually be every four to six weeks.

Spiritual Direction is open to anyone wishing to explore their faith journey. There are no expectations or special requirements, just an interest in sharing your story with another person.  We suggest a donation of £25 for each session of spiritual direction. However, we would not wish anyone to miss the opportunity for spiritual direction and would encourage you to give what you can afford.

Further information and a wider network of Directors can be accessed through the Archdiocese of Southwark Spirituality Commission

Our Spiritual Directors are guided by the Retreat Association Spiritual Direction Guidelines.

“We define Christian spiritual direction as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.”

William A. Barry, SJ and William J. Connolly, SJ, Center for Religious Development,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Spiritual Directors

Michael O’Halloran

I am the Director of the Kairos Spirituality Centre in Roehampton, Southwest London. I manage the centre which is owned by an English Congregation of Sisters, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God. Before arriving at the Kairos Centre in 2014 I worked for 20 years with older people living with Dementia in its many forms. I found that work immensely rewarding and I continue to have an interest in the spiritual nourishment of people who are living with dementia. I completed the Ignatian Spirituality Course at Lombard Street in London in 2017.

Following on from this course I am available to offer the Spiritual Exercises at the Kairos centre either in daily life or a 30 day retreat. I have an interest in the spirituality of 12 step programmes and for the past three years I have been assisting leading a weekly group and annual retreats that introduce Christian meditation as a way to practice step 11 – sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand God.

Sister Agnes Kavanagh, SMG

I am currently a member of the team at the Kairos Centre. I have had training in Bereavement Counselling and Clinical Pastoral Education and worked for several years as a Hospital Chaplain.  I enjoy the privilege of listening and sharing.

Sister Breda McCarthy, SMG (Currently in Training, able to offer direction free of charge)

I have many years experience of living and praying in community. My first years working were spent as a primary school teacher. When I retired from teaching I became a key worker working with homeless people. My present ministry is on the team at the Kairos Spirituality Centre. I am currently in my third year of the Encounter course, at the London Centre for Spirituality.

Delyth Johnson (Currently in Training, able to offer direction free of charge)

Would you like the opportunity to sit and talk with someone about where you are on your faith journey or perhaps what the experience of being on retreat and being in a sacred and quiet space has meant to you? If so you may wish to explore spiritual direction.

I am a trainee spiritual director at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction and came into spiritual direction having a dream of running a retreat centre to provide space for people to stop and rest awhile, take stock and perhaps even wrestle out issues with God. Spiritual direction isn’t counselling and it isn’t seeking to solve problems but if you would like a companion, someone to listen to you as to where you are and what God means (or may not mean) for you them please contact me for an initial introductory chat

Carole O’Reilly

In 2017 I completed Encounter, the London Course in Spiritual Direction with a Roman Catholic foundation. My ongoing journey is to deepen my relationship with God and to support others in this shared encounter. My work in Palliative Care and an Ethics in MA have drawn me towards contemplative prayer.  I am a now a part of Contemplative Outreach, London. I can also see people in Lombard Street outside retreat times.