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…who I call God…and I’m well aware that God is much bigger than any word or religion can contain. The most meaningful part of my life is listening people’s stories about their encounters and relationship with the Sacred and mirroring that back, to assist them deepen what they’ve shared with me.

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 ( 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 and 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).

Regular meetings with peers keeps me grounded and accountable. The greatest gift of being a spiritual director is the way it integrates my ecumenical theological studies and contemplative spirituality with the sacred task of accompanying others on their unique spiritual journey.

You can contact me by email: or by cell: 204-786-2494