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Pamela shilling

I am excited about the opportunity to accompany you on your spiritual journey. I am a chaplain and certified spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition. My life experiences as a wife, mother, caregiver of an elderly parent, and elementary school teacher help me to be present for others as they experience life’s joys and challenges. I look forward to meeting you and exploring the presence and love of God in your life.

Available for New Directees

Times and Days Flexible 

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Spiritual Director & Chaplain 

Background and Formation:

I am the Chaplain and Spiritual Director at Malta House, a transitional home for women who are

pregnant or have a baby and do not currently have a home. At Malta House I meet with the mothers

individually for spiritual care and support, conduct weekly prayer groups, and plan and lead retreats for

the mothers and staff. I am a member of the care team that supports the healing of the mothers and

provides the resources they need to transition to independent living.


As a member of the College of Directors at the Murphy Center of Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield

University I provide spiritual direction to university students in a semester-long course, Encountering the

Living God. Additionally, I provide spiritual direction and spiritual exercises to a wider community

supporting people of all ages and backgrounds. I also provide spiritual direction to participants in the

Diocese of Bridgeport’s Leadership Institute.


Trained as a chaplain at the Norwalk Hospital in the Clinical Pastoral Education program, I ministered to patients, families, and staff during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to being a 

member of the PACT Peer Support team that provided emotional support to members of the

hospital community during the pandemic.


Additionally, I provide spiritual direction for the Office of Spirituality - Eastern Provence’s Contemplative

Leaders in Action Program. Providing spiritual care to young adults (24-36) who are part of a leadership

formation program based on Ignatian spirituality.


  • Fairfield University – Certification in Spiritual Direction

  • Fairfield University – Certification in the Spiritual Exercises – 19 th Annotation

  • Sacred Heart University – Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Science

  • CT State Department of Education – Teacher Certification Grades K – 6

  • Clinical Pastoral Education – Chaplain Internship Norwalk Hospital

  • VIRTUS Certification in Protecting God’s Children and Vulnerable Adults

  • PACT Peer Support Certification


  • Chaplain and Spiritual Director – Malta House

  • Spiritual Director – Murphy Center of Ignatian Spirituality

  • Chaplain – Norwalk Hospital

  • Spiritual Director - Contemplative Leaders in Action – Office of Ignatian Spirituality

  • Private Practice as an Ignatian Spiritual Director working with adults and students

  • Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion – Silver Hill Hospital

Memberships & Listings:
  • Murphy Center of Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University – College of Directors

  • Order of Malta – Dame of Magistral Grace

  • Office of Ignatian Spirituality, Eastern Provence


Virtual and In-Person

Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Exercises, Retreats

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