Beverley Fournier MA, MTS, MDiv
Beverley holds Master’s degrees in psychology, theological studies, and divinity. She continues post graduate studies researching the theological mystery she is most passionate about: Encountering a loving God in the midst of deep suffering. Beverley has taught adult faith formation courses, presented interactive webinars, and facilitated retreat groups with the committed intention to combine personal life experiences that support her ongoing academic efforts.
Although Beverley has worked in education, parish ministry, pastoral counseling, and chaplaincy for over twenty years, her current focus is in her role as a spiritual director. Beverley’s strongest desire is to companion those who choose to deepen their relationship with the God of their understanding so they can experience a love like no other.
Personally, Beverley’s contemplative spirit supports her spiritual life where she practices a variety of prayer experiences that deepen her own personal relationship with God; a relationship she desires for all to have. Beverley is forever grateful to the people (past and present) who have constantly supported and believed in her. Not least of all, Beverley cherishes time to rest in the peace and beauty of God’s created world where contemplation and prayer are most available to her.
Education and Professional Life Training
MA (Psychology: University of New Haven, 1987)
MTS (Theological Studies: Weston Jesuit School of Theology, 2003. Master’s Thesis: The Mystery of Human Suffering and the Presence of God)
MDiv (Master of Divinity, Boston College, 2013)
In addition to her Master’s Degrees, Beverley has been formally trained in the chaplain ministry and in spiritual direction:
In 2016, Beverley participated in Clinical Pastoral Education experience to learn more about companioning the sick and dying. Beverley strongly believes this experience has made her a better spiritual director as she often companions people in the face of illness most especially, those who are terminal. Beverley’s experience as a chaplain opened her up to companion those through the experience of grief. Walking with those who have experienced loss of any kind has become an important part of Beverley’s experience as a director.
From 2003 – 2005, Beverley went through the training that is necessary for spiritual direction. In 2006, in the midst of teaching and pastoral ministry, Beverley began her ministry of spiritual direction. Since 2016, Beverley has fully committed herself to spiritual direction and sees as many as 20 directees weekly, biweekly or monthly (in-person and virtually). At the heart of this ministry is accompanying those who are seeking to deepen their spiritual life. The spiritual life looks different for people and can include such things as; uncovering a new deeper truth in self identity, developing a relationship with the Divine, seeking connection to all that brings peace and joy, and navigating the way through really difficult times of grief, loss, loneliness, illness, transition, and fear.