A Message from John


anneprof Hi, my name is John. This is my twelth year on the team at Grace Dieu. My ministry here involves personal-spiritual accompaniment for individuals and groups. In recent years my main focus has been on resourcing people for ministry in the community. This mainly concerns offering training in Spiritual Accompaniment and supporting the ongoing professional development of people who minister from a Spirituality of the Heart. I enjoy this ministry and find it inspiring and challenging. Also being part of dynamic team and living in here with its beautiful grounds and proximity to the sea, makes it a good place to be. In the last year I was involved in setting up the Heart Network to resource the continuing professional development of people who minister from a Heart Spirituality. To e-mail me click here


Personal Profile

Name:       John Bennett

size="5">Family:       I come from a family of five.

Ministerial Experience:         Vocation Discernment Ministry, Retreat Work, Psychotherapy, Supervision

Continuing Professional Development:      Since ordination to the priesthood I have trained in spiritual direction and in recent years was invited to be a founder member of AISGA (All Ireland Spiritual Guides Association) and presently serve on their Board of Trustees. I have also trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist specializing in groups and most recently completed a training in group supervision at the Institute of Group Analysis (London). I hold master degrees in supervisory practice and group psychotherapy.

Member of the Religious Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (msc)

Research Interests:

Adult formation and training for ministry
Personal Development
Holistic Living


Hobbies & Pastimes:

Reading, Listening to Music , Travel, Food, I love to Surf (the Net!). Snorkeling, Movies and Bears!