Canon Stephen Hoy is the Diocesan Spirituality Adviser and is responsible for the development of spirituality training events, overseeing the spiritual direction network, co-ordinating the diocesan programme of Weeks of Guided Prayer and developing spiritual resources. 

You can contact Stephen by email or by calling either 01522 52 56 21 or 07943 71 52 79. 


Spiritual direction

If you are looking for a Spiritual Director, please contact one of the co-ordinators to arrange a meeting to explore this further.

For Boston Archdeaconry: Canon Andy Hawes (call 01778 59 13 58)

For Lincoln Archdeaconry: Sr Maureen CSF (call 01526 32 11 15)

For Stow & Lindsey Archdeaconry: Canon Stephen Hoy (call 01522 52 56 21)

You can find out more about the diocesan policy and framework for spiritual direction here.

For general information about spiritual direction, please click here.

Spiritual direction training

If you are interested in exploring a ministry of offering spiritual direction, please contact Canon Stephen Hoy to talk this through. We have a two-year course which is offered free of charge and which starts in the autumn of each year. Admission to the course is by application and interview, and further information is available here.

If you are new to the diocese and have offered spiritual direction elsewhere, please contact Canon Stephen Hoy.

Labyrinth project

We have three canvas labyrinths available for loan free of charge for use in churches, schools, at festivals, etc.

You can find the Labyrinth Support Pack here, and a booking form is available here.

Prayer banners

We have nine large prayer banners designed by the Lindisfarne Scriptorium, which are available for loan, free of charge. Please click here for a leaflet about them, and here for a form relating to loans.

Exploring prayer, spirituality and creativity

We run a regular programme of events and training days. Our 2017 programme included:

  • Mindfulness and the Christian spiritual tradition
  • Lectio divina - an introduction
  • Running a quiet day.

A 2018 programme detailing forthcoming training days and events is available here.

Quiet Spaces Directory

Our Quiet Spaces Directory lists over 30 venues in or around the diocese that are suitable for quiet days or similar events. The online copy is here, with a supplement to this document available here

Inspiration from local Saints – Furthering Holiness

Bishop Christopher writes: “Looking at the lives evoked in this book, I am encouraged and challenged in two ways. First, the story of these holy men and women is a reminder of something we have always known: that God calls ordinary people to be his disciples and saints. It is not God’s way to recruit via a talent show like the X Factor, when likely boys and girls with the right basic ingredients in terms of looks – and sometimes even musical ability – are groomed for stardom.

God’s way is to take the ordinary and transform it into the extraordinary. He does this when he takes the bread and wine of the Eucharist and transforms it into the Body and Blood of his Son; when he takes water from the tap and turns it into the life-giving waters of baptism; when he takes oil we might cook with and turns it into the oil of new life, healing and gladness. Jesus did this when he chose his first disciples, who were a ramshackle group of largely manual workers who became the saints and martyrs of the Early Church. The implication for us quite clear: you and I have nowhere to hide – God wants to transform each one of us into the likeness of Christ.

We can learn much from these holy men and women of Lincolnshire.

Printed copies of Furthering Holiness are available upon request by contacting John Leach by email or on 01522 50 41 08.