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Who We Are

About Vanessa Caruso

Vanessa Caruso is a spiritual director based on Vancouver Island, Canada. She received a Master's degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, and then was part of CenterQuest's School of Spiritual Direction inaugural cohort, and she is now a mentor for the spiritual directors in training and also facilitates their month-long Introduction to Spiritual Direction course. Vanessa is also in training to become a supervisor for spiritual directors through Fordham University's Advanced Certificate in Supervision degree.

Vanessa's love for spiritual direction and for kids led her to Lacy Finn Borgo's 2-part Spiritual Direction with Children Course, which she completed before the pandemic. It is a dream come true for her to receive these generous grants from the Anglican Foundation of Canada and The United Church of Canada and offer this service through her community (see more below).

Vanessa meets regularly with a variety of directees from all over the world and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Two of the most formative books in her life are Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, and Waiting for God by Simone Weil. She loves cold water dips (followed by hot tubs), store-bought cherry pie, and road trips to her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, with her husband of 17 years, Steven, and their 8 year old son, Leo. 

For more information on spiritual direction and supervision with adults, visit her referral networks page on her website


About The Emmaus Community 

The Emmaus Community in Victoria, BC is a Neo-Monastic community whose recognition of Christ in our midst leads us to walk the Way of love through prayer, simplicity and presence with each other and in our neighbourhood.

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