Welcome

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

~ Meister Eckhart

The Open Door began as a newsletter by Monsignor Chester Michael, affectionately known as Father Chet, in the 1960s. Weekly, and then monthly, he offered thoughts and commentary on how we each might grow into holiness. 

In the late 1980s, he founded the ecumenical Spiritual Direction Institute to train more people in assisting others to live closer to God and to become who God intends us to be.

Today, the institute offers classes and retreats, spiritual directors accompany others on their journeys, and The Open Door continues to support the work and wisdom of Father Chet throughout Virginia and beyond.