Divine Will Study Groups

First of all, there are many ways to form and animate Divine Will study groups.   Each one is unique in its time and place of formation.   However, there are "right" and "wrong" ways to hold these meetings.

From our experience over the last several years, we offer these suggestions to others who may be considering forming a group and simply to let you know what has worked well for us at Divine Will Ministries in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

Preparation for a Study Group:

Study Groups are scheduled to last no more than one and a half hours.

Group size is best with a maximum of 8-10 participants.

Avoid discussions of other mystics, visionaries or other items of a personal or political nature.

Stick to the time scheduled.  Begin and end each meeting on time.

Make sure chairs are placed so that all participants can see and hear each other.

Have paper, pens etc. available in case extra are needed.

New Study Groups begin with Volume 12.

Participants Role in a Study Group:

Be Prepared.   Bring your book, paper, pen.  Read ahead.  Jot down any questions you have.

Stick to the Subject:  This is the time to learn what Jesus is teaching us through the writings of Luisa.  This is not a time for solving the problems of the world or for focusing on personal problems.

Listen and Learn:  Listening is very important.  Do not interrupt or cross talk while someone else is reading or sharing.

Reflect:  Silence is important to reflect on the passage and allow the Holy Spirit to teach.  Respect the period of silence after a passage is read.

Share:  People are encouraged to share on the level where they are comfortable.  No one should feel forced to read or share.  Discuss but do not argue.

Moderator/Facilitator Role in a Study Group:

The role of the facilitator is not to be a teacher!   The Holy Spirit is the Teacher.  

Monitor the schedule and time.  Begin and end each meeting on time.

Direct but don’t dominate the discussion.

Allow all to share but discourage individuals from monopolizing the discussion.

Gently remind participants, if the discussion strays, to stay on the passage being discussed.  Suggest that there are other important points to discuss.

Elect a moderator/facilitator for the next meeting (your group may choose to rotate this assignment to each person in the group who would like to do this).

Order of Meeting:

Decade of the Rosary:   Invoke the blessing of our Lady, Queen of the Divine Will.

News:  Announcements regarding Divine Will group activities.

Questions or comments from your personal reading:

Book of Heaven:  Read the passage  (If it is a long passage, break into sections).

Silent Reflection:  Allow the Holy Spirit to instruct and guide our understanding.

Discussion:  (If time allows, continue with another passage, reflect and discuss.)

Closing Prayer:  Consecration to the Divine Will and Prayer for the Glorification of Luisa Piccarreta.