Ancestry, Place[s], and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives

  • Janet Kathryn Ruffing Yale Divinity School


In this 2017 John McKendy Memorial Lecture, Dr. Janet Ruffing, RSM, discussed spiritual direction as a narrative process, recognized or not, in which the directee tells his or her sacred tale in the interaction with a spiritual director who significantly affects the unfolding of this serial narrative of lived faith. At a time, when directees have unprecedented access to genealogical information and also live in or make retreats in a variety of places, how do these new experiences affect their identity spiritually and socially? Do they become integrated into the ongoing narrative of identity or not?
How to Cite
Ruffing, J. K. (2018). Ancestry, Place[s], and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives. Narrative Works, 8. Retrieved from
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