Thomas Merton

“Spiritual direction is a continuous process of formation and guidance, in which a Christian is led and encouraged in his special vocation”

Spiritual Direction and Vocational Discernment

Father Ryan is unique in being the only diocesan Catholic high school in the Diocese of Nashville to offer spiritual direction with both an ordained priest and a certified lay woman. Students are invited to explore the presence of God in their lives through regular spiritual direction. By meeting with trained directors, students are better able to see God at work and hear God’s special call in their own lives. Students of all faith backgrounds are invited to pursue spiritual direction.

In addition, the Office of Campus Ministry and Student Life is designed to accompany Father Ryan students and families through the journey of life, with its joys and sorrows. Often, you will find our Chaplain or other Campus Ministry staff providing pastoral care: at the hospital visiting sick patients, attending visitations and funerals, or making home visits to be with students in their time of need. Should you wish to pray with Campus Ministry or have accompaniment on the journey, contact us at any time.

The Melchizedek Project

The Melchizedek Project is a discernment group for high school students who love Jesus Christ and are willing to talk to other like-minded men about their future. The group meetings are NOT meant to convince you that priesthood is your vocation.  But as a Catholic man – even if you’re currently dating – at some point you have to ask yourself whether or not God is calling you to be a priest.

All meetings will be led by Fr. Gervan Menezes, Chaplain. Your presence and participation in this authentic discernment beginning will be greatly appreciated. Meetings are once a month.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Gervan.

Magnificat

Magnificat is a vocational discernment group for young women who may feel called to religious life. Father Ryan is blessed to partner with Dominican sisters who visit Father Ryan once per month to meet with interested students and discuss God’s call in their lives.

This space is welcoming and warm, designed to help students better hear God’s voice. God is calling all of us into lives of holiness and service – is the sisterhood God’s way for you to live out this call?

All are welcome to Magnificat. For more information, please contact Fr. Gervan, Ms. Johnston or Ms. Coyle.


Learn More About Spiritual Direction from our Directors

Rev. Gervan Menezes

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    Rev. Gervan Menezes
    Chaplain
    menezesg@fatherryan.org
    (615) 383-4200 x 2158

    Father Gervan, more commonly known as Father G, was named the chaplain of Father Ryan High School in the summer of 2014, following his ordination to the priesthood on July 27 of that year. A native of Brazil, Fr. Gervan teaches Theology at Father Ryan, directs the Melchizedek Project and and leads the school in the worship of God through prayer and sacramental life.  He studied at the Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas, graduating from the Oblate School of Theology there with a master’s of divinity degree, a baccalaureate of sacred theology, and a master’s degree in theology.

Amy Johnston '93

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    Amy Johnston '93
    Theology Department Chair/Assistant Retreat Coordinator/Student Spiritual Counselor/Social Justice Club Moderator
    amyjohnston@fatherryan.org
    (615) 383-4200 x 1413

    Amy Johnston '93 came to Father Ryan in the fall of 2006 to moderate the Social Justice Club, serve as the Assistant Retreat Coordinator, Coordinator of Theology Speaker Series, and Spiritual Director. Ms. Johnston is from Nashville and a 1993 graduate of Father Ryan. She received her Master's Degree from Vanderbilt University Peabody College in 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at Xavier University in 1997.