People of many faith traditions have received spiritual direction or been trained as spiritual directors. Others have been enriched by retreats and days of prayer. And interested people throughout southern Michigan have together explored a variety of spiritual and theological topics. This diverse spiritual awakening and deepening has come about over the years through the ministry of the Dominican Center For Religious Development. For 21 years, the Center has been committed to serving the faith community of the greater metropolitan Detroit area. The DCRD s Mission Statement best sums up the Center s mission: "In the Dominican tradition, we strive to nurture the contemplative dimension of life by assisting people of every faith to relate to God." Founded in September, 1980 as the Detroit Center for Religious Development, the Center was opened by five staff members: Charlotte Hoefer, O.P., Director ; John Gaughn, C.S.B. ; Ray Maloney ; Kathleen McGrail, O.P. ; and Eleanor Stech, O.P. Since then, others joined the staff: Carol Johannes, O.P., Barbara Cervenka, O.P. and Rosemarie Kieffer, O.P. To provide spiritual direction to all who come to the Center lay men and women, clergy and religious of a variety of faith traditions. The Center has always recognized that God communicates to all people, who become aware of this communication through contemplation and personal reflection. Spiritual directors help to clarify God s message to each person.