Stephen Murphy

Greetings – I’m the “webmaster” of this site even though I’m not really that techy. It’s my small way of letting interested people know about spiritual direction and myself.

I believe a deep ‘knowing’ of the Holy is possible and the only way to true living. That “knowing” comes to us through our minds, bodies, souls and spirits with lots of help from the source of love and light that created the universe…whom I like to name as Holy One…many use God, among other names. I’m well aware that Holy One is mystery, much bigger than any word or religion can name or contain. I’m not sure Holy One cares what name we use as long as we’re trying to connect. The most meaningful part of my life is listening to people’s stories about their encounters and relationship with the Holy One and mirroring that back, assisting them deepen that encounter. Connecting with the Creator of the Universe transforms our lives like water and warmth on a seed.

I have been blessed to journey with folk as a spiritual director / companion / soul friend since 2000. That’s the year I graduated from the Shekinah School of Spiritual Direction at St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre (stbens.ca) just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. St. Ben’s continues to be a special place of personal spiritual renewal, through times of silent retreats or workshops with the sisters there.

My spiritual journey has been enriched from study in Bible colleges (Pentecostal and Mennonite) and the University of Winnipeg culminating with a M.Div. & STM from the Faculty of Theology in 2010.  My training in spiritual companioning / direction, spiritual care (CPE for chaplaincy) and present employment as an on-call spiritual care provider at Health Science Centre (Winnipeg’s primary tertiary care hospital) provide practical ways to put my studies and experience to use. Early in 2018 I retired from permanent employment, leaving my role as part-time Co-Minister of Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Grace Bible Church (a small non-denominational group of Christians). Now I’m Loving, Listening and Creating. If you want to know what that means check out my blog – listenwiththeearofyourheart, the title was inspired by St. Benedict.

Regular meetings with peers and a supervisor keeps me grounded and accountable. The greatest gift of being a spiritual director is hearing how individuals connect to the Holy One and where they wish to connect more. Spiritual direction truly is a sacred task of accompanying others on their unique spiritual journey.

You can contact me by email: smurphy@spiritualdirection.ca or by cell: 204-786-2494. During these times of physical distancing I’m open to meeting via Zoom.