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Dr. Karen Shields Wright, MS, DC, DM 

Curriculum Vitae



My ministry practice focus, as an Ignatian-trained spiritual director and retired clinician, 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-related experience and ongoing studies in evidence-based well-care, stress management, and spiritual care with a focus in 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 we have a Virtual Ignatian Retreat Center and a Registry for Catholic Spiritual Directors

Curriculum Vitae

Listings of

Current and Past Work/Volunteer Experience

Ongoing and Formal CME and SD Formation

Presentations and Publications*


*Downloads on Topics

Prayer; Discernment; Pastoral Care of the Sick; Lay Spirituality and Catholic Social Teachings;

Health and Wellness 

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