I claim the anam chara tradition of soul companionship as my ministry.
My name is Beth Fritsch and I’m a Soul Midwife and a leader of Retreats.
A lover of the contemplative and monastic traditions, I am also a Benedictine Oblate of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas. My Celtic ancestry deeply influences my soul work. I attribute my gifts for love of soul, words, poetry, beauty, music, creativity and nature to my matrilineal Celtic ancestors. Standing on their shoulders, I claim the anam chara tradition of soul companionship as my ministry.
I help individuals and groups connect with their soul’s essence in order to craft lives full of intention, joy and purpose. I view my ministry as assistive, supportive and alongside the inner work each soul is engaged in as they transform into and become their best and most authentic selves.
I am a writer, singer and poet. My creative life is a passion for me and one I am able to use in my ministry. I have been using poetry to guide my own soul life for over twelve years now. I am a member of Spiritual Director’s International www.sdiworld.org.
“Spiritual direction” is an awkward name for the process to me so I don’t use it. I use Soul Midwife and Soul Companionship instead. I feel this is more descriptive of the actual process, a coming to birth process of the true self.
A life long Catholic, I have a complicated relationship with the patriarchal and hierarchical institution. I support and long for instead the full presence of women in all forms of leadership, ministry and decision making in the Catholic Church.