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Karen Shields Wright, MS, DC, DM 

Ignatian Spiritual Director/Clinician


As a Catholic, wife, mother, grandmother,  clinician and businesswoman, along with being a lifelong learner, I seek to bring these vocational experiences and skills to this ministry in service. 

After researching studies on spirituality and health during my clinical years as a chiropractic physician, I went on to study Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction and moved into hospital chaplaincy and retreat work. After obtaining a certificate in Catholic Social Teaching, I taught and wrote about the intersection of those teachings and lay spirituality for a life as a contemplative in action.


Current Position

  • Spiritual Director in Private Practice (serving virtually since 2016)

  • Spiritual Director & Mentor - Fairfield University's Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

  • Clinician - Private Practice Integrative Wellness Care 


Link to Selections of Publications & Presentations Given


Selections from Professional CME & SD ( Spiritual Direction Formation)  Programs 

  • SD Programs of the Office for Ignatian Spirituality (OIS) Eastern Provence ('19-'22)

  • CME "Interpersonal Neurobiology  Dr. Dan Siegel Mindsight Institute (2022)

  • CME Advances in Mind-Body Medicine"  Thomas Jefferson U. Sidney Kimmel Medical College ('22)

  • SD Programs of the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Fairfield University ('17-'22)

  • CME "Advances in Integrative Nutrition"  Thomas Jefferson U. Sidney Kimmel Medical College ('21

  • SD "Handing on the Fire: Making Spiritual Direction Ignatian"  w. Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ, Ignatian Spirituality Institute ('21)

  • SD"Teaching of Discernment of Spirits" w. Fr. Timothy Gallagher ('21)

  • SD "Practicum in Giving the 19th Annotation"  MCIS by Sr. Karen Doyle and Nan Bouche ('20-'21)

  • CME "Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavior Therapy" Mass General Psychiatry Academy (CME credits) '20

  • CME "Stress Management and Resiliency Training Mass General Psychiatry Academy (Harvard Medical School CME credits) '20

  • SD "Giving the Spiritual Exercises in the 19th Annotation Format to Others"  Fr. Jame Bowler OIS '19

  • CME "Essentials of Palliative Care" Chaplaincy Program. California State University (CE credits) '18

  • SD "Adult Psychological Development and Spirituality: Ignatian Spirituality Across the Life Cycle" OIS Fr. David McCallum, SJ '18

Memberships & Listings​

  • Order of Malta – Dame of Magistral Grace

  • Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundaiton

  • American Chiropractic Association 

  • Office of Ignatian Spirituality, Eastern Provence

  • College of Directors Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality

  • Our Lady of the



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