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Karen Shields Wright, MS, DC, DM 

Ignatian Spiritual Director/Clinician


Spiritual Direction Practice: A Way of Proceeding

My ministry practice focus, as an Ignatian-trained spiritual director and clinician, is cura personalis.  It's listening with you (together with the Holy Spirit) to where you sense God is drawing you 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 in practice, from serving patients within a foundation of ongoing studies in evidence-based well-care and stress management and in spiritual care focused on the Ignatian tradition, offer you the support you seek.


As this site was initially developed to be just a place to download 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 do hope you will find new ways or reminders to refresh and care for your soul. 



Blessings to you and all you love,



As a Catholic, wife, mother, grandmother,  clinician and businesswoman, along with being a lifelong learner, I seek to bring these vocational experiences and skills to this ministry in service. 

After researching 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 and moved into hospital chaplaincy and then retreat work. After obtaining a certificate in Catholic Social Teaching, I taught and wrote about the intersection of those teachings and lay spirituality for a life as a contemplative in action.

Current Position

  • Ignatian-based Spiritual Director in Private Practice (serving virtually since 2016

  • Spiritual Director & Mentor - Fairfield University's Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

  • Retired Clinician - Private Practice Integrative Evidence-based Care ​

Formal Education


Selections from Professional CME & SD ( Spiritual Direction Formation)  Programs 

  • SD Programs of the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Fairfield University ('17-'23)

  • SD Programs of the Office for Ignatian Spirituality (OIS) Eastern Provence ('19-'23)

  • CME "Interpersonal Neurobiology  Dr. Dan Siegel Mindsight Institute (2022)

  • CME Advances in Mind-Body Medicine"  Thomas Jefferson U. Sidney Kimmel Medical College ('22)

  • CME "Advances in Integrative Nutrition"  Thomas Jefferson U. Sidney Kimmel Medical College ('21

  • SD "Handing on the Fire: Making Spiritual Direction Ignatian"  w. Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ, Ignatian Spirituality Institute ('21)

  • SD "Teaching of Discernment of Spirits" w. Fr. Timothy Gallagher ('21)

  • SD "Practicum in Giving the 19th Annotation"  MCIS by Sr. Karen Doyle and Nan Bouche ('20-'21)

  • CME "Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavior Therapy" Mass General Psychiatry Academy (CME credits) '20

  • CME "Stress Management and Resiliency Training Mass General Psychiatry Academy (Harvard Medical School CME credits) '20

  • SD "Giving the Spiritual Exercises in the 19th Annotation Format to Others"  Fr. Jame Bowler OIS '19

  • CME "Essentials of Palliative Care" Chaplaincy Program. California State University (CE credits) '18

  • SD "Adult Psychological Development and Spirituality: Ignatian Spirituality Across the Life Cycle" OIS Fr. David McCallum, SJ '18

  • Certificate in Catholic Social Teachings - The Catholic Unversity of America 

Memberships & Listings​

  • Office of Ignatian Spirituality, Eastern Provence

  • College of Directors Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality



Link to Selections of Publications & Presentations Given

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