Required Courses for Spiritual Formation--Titles and Descriptions

D5305 Spirituality in the Workplace
This course explores the challenges associated with bridging the worship places and workplace, seeking to identify and respond to the perceived lack of correlation between these two important components of life in today’s world. Through a combination of lectures and reflective dialogue, we try to re-define concepts such as “work,” “vocation,” and “spirituality” by examining aspects of Christian scripture, traditional and contemporary writings, both religious and secular.

F5304 Prayer, Action and the Contemplative Life
This course in prayer examines the core of spirituality. Prayer is the dialogue between two constructs. The construct of “god” is put into conversation with the construct of the “self.” Both of these constructs evolve and are frequently affected by spiritual direction and spiritual formation programs. Prayer practices for lectio divina, the prayer of examen, centering prayer, and biblical types of prayer for pastoral care will be studied and experienced. Spiritual advisors are often looked to as experts in prayer. Students explore ways of praying, crafting and maintaining a contemporary Rule of Life, and other spiritual disciplines for nourishment and growth throughout a lifetime.

F5330 Introduction to Discipleship and Vocation
Every aspect of the life of a spiritual community has the potential to be an element in the formation of the people as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. This course introduces future priests and other spiritual mentors to the characteristics of Christian discipleship and to the role of ministers in serving the discipleship of others. In addition, students study the vocations of people across the lifespan, learn how to help others discern their vocations, and create a wide variety of learning experiences to help Christians of all ages to live into their various calls.

F5333 Practicum in Spiritual Formation
For those wishing to provide spiritual advising to programs that guide others in their spiritual journeys. Students will study the work of several experts in the field and will engage in advising or consulting a spiritually oriented program. D5305, F5304, andF5330 are prerequisites for this course.

W3305 Project Preparation

W3306 MSF Project Writing