EWTN Catholic Q&A
spiritual direction
Question from Joy Powers on 09-09-2012:

traditionally, in the Catholic Church aren't priests assigned the duties of spiritual direction? ?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 10-14-2012:

Dear Joy,

Yes, spiritual direction is one of the duties of a priest. The person wishing it has to make an appointment with the priest.

Dr. Geraghty