On June 9, 2018 Fr. Dan Duval completed a two-year Spiritual Director training program at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Statement of Purpose
I am called to compassionate action. I am called to accept all of creation as equal expressions of the Divine. I am called to express peace and justice in how I live my life.
Being a spiritual director is not something I do, it is an embodiment of who I am. It is the challenge of bringing hospitality and welcome into the world not just into an office. It is the challenge of opening a door for others; a door of an office and a door of our Christlike humanity. Opening the door is extending an opportunity to explore places that might have been previously unknown. Opening a door through patience as a means of hospitality. Taking the time to allow another to become comfortable with the idea of exploring their own landscape.
The structure of my practice rests on the lessons of Sts. Francis and Clare. Clare gives the reminder that to gaze upon the wounds of another, is to make room for those wounds in my own heart. To hold the mirror of woundedness as a fellow traveler allows those who are searching to know they are not alone on this journey of life and sacredness. To allow the wounds of another to touch me heals me as the lepers healed Francis. We journey this road together clearing the way for each other and peering side by side into the uncertainty and waiting until a trepidatious step is taken.