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 currently have 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.  There is a contribution 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 Spiritual 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

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 

I have many year’s 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 completed the Encounter Spiritual Direction Course, at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction in 2018.

Sister Mairead Quigley RSCJ

I am a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, living and working in Roehampton. Before moving to Roehampton I was a Pastoral Tutor to the students on various MA programmes at Sarum College, based in Salisbury Cathedral Close, where I was also Senior Chaplain. Previous to this I was the Director of Llannerchwen Retreat Centre in Wales where I accompanied retreatants to undergo the Spiritual Exercises and Individually Guided Retreats.

Cari Bridgen

I am trained as an Ignatian Spiritual Director and can provide both the 19th Annotation and also a broader form of spiritual direction using visual arts, poetry and writings. I have provided several contemplative art workshops. I have also practiced as a qualified Art Psychotherapist for the last 20 years. In my work I have had an interest in spiritual abuse. I can work with trauma and attachment having also recently learned the practice of EMDR. I am interested in the interweaving of Spirituality with Psychology and Creativity. I welcome people from a variety of faith traditions and none.

Mary Goggin

I come to spirituality from a nursing background. I have completed training in the Ministry of Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality at Manresa, Dublin. I have been involved for a number of years with the work at Mount Street Jesuit Centre. I am happy to offer spiritual direction and the 19th Annotation in daily life. I enjoy the privilege of listening and being a companion to people as they share their journey.

Sheila Farmer

I joined the Kairos Team in January 2019 having completed over 20 wonderful and positively challenging years as both a School Chaplain and School Counsellor, working with students, staff and parents. It was work that I loved, work that gave me the opportunity to accompany people of all ages and also to discover the joy and inspiration of using creativity in spirituality. I am now delighted to offer Spiritual Direction to anyone seeking support on their spiritual journey, wanting to explore their faith life and relationship with God or discerning their way forward. I have trained as an Ignatian Spiritual Director, a Spiritual Accompanist; a Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator and as a Vocations Guide. As well as individual ongoing spiritual direction I work on the IGR’s (Individually Guided Retreats), Quiet Days and School retreats. I can offer the 19th Annotation (Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life). I may also be able to offer the 30 day Spiritual Exercises retreat – this would be dependent on availability within the Kairos Centre. It is my joy and privilege to accompany others on their journey as they seek to discover, understand, grow and deepen their spiritual life, prayer, discernment and response to God’s call in their lives.