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Dr. Karen Shields-Wright, MS, DC, DM 

Curriculum Vitae



As an Ignatian-trained spiritual director and retired clinician, my ministry practice focus is cura personalis.  It's listening with you (together with the Holy Spirit) to where you sense God is drawing you towards and sharing what I studied from the teachings and wisdom within the Church’s spiritual tradition. Moreover, I am here to help you understand how God designed us and to care for your body, as well as your soul, for giving glory to God in a life of prayer to discover God's desires for you to flourish in service with Christ.


May my years of clinical experience and ongoing studies in evidence-based well-care, stress management, and spiritual care, with a focus on the Ignatian tradition, offer you the support you seek.


This site was initially developed to be a place for downloadable handouts for university students in spiritual direction; it grew slowly into much more for my other clients and retreatants, which you now see today.

I hope you find new ways or reminders to refresh and care for your soul. 


Blessings to you and all you love,



As a Catholic, wife, mother, and grandmother with an entrepreneurial spirit, my career has spanned several dimensions as a chiropractic and wellness clinician, hospital chaplain, writer, presenter, volunteer, and businesswoman. As a lifelong learner, I seek to bring these God-given opportunities of my vocational experiences and skills to this ministry of accompaniment in service. 

After researching the studies on spirituality and health during my clinical years as a chiropractic physician, I went on to graduate studies in Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University. My career trajectory then moved on to patient advocacy, hospital chaplaincy, and retreat work. After joining a Vatican-based foundation and obtaining a certificate in Catholic Social Teaching working in leadership,  I taught and wrote on the intersection of public life and lay spirituality as a contemplative in action.

As a co-founder of Domina Nostra Viae, a 501c3 ministry focused on the ministry of spiritual direction, I serve within Our Lady of the Way, a Virtual Ignatian Retreat Center and developing a Registry of resources for Catholic Spiritual Directors. 

Curriculum Vitae

Current and Past Work/Volunteer Experience

Ongoing and Formal CME and SD Formation

Presentations and Publications*


*Downloads from Prestaations or Articles:  Topics on Prayer; Discernment; Pastoral Care of the Sick; Lay Spirituality and Catholic Social Teachings; Health and Wellness 

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