Graduate Program: Spiritual Direction

Graduate Degree in Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction

The required courses for this certificate or degree program have been designed to support the program’s focus of attending to manifestations of contemplative love through spiritual direction. Classes are intended to integrate spirituality, developmental psychology, case studies, and the actual experience of spiritual direction, while balancing the theory and practice of Spiritual Direction. An emphasis will be placed on articulating one’s theology of spiritual growth and psychology of human development. Franciscan, Ignatian, Carmelite, and Salesian traditions will be explored.

For Whom is the Program Designed

The program will spiritually enhance those ministering in hospice work, campus ministry, youth ministry, retreat ministry, those called to provide one-on-one spiritual direction and those in positions of lay leadership and spiritual formation. The course is designed to train and supervise persons called to a ministry of Spiritual Direction in which one person helps another to recognize and integrate God’s presence and direction in every aspect of life.

Spiritual Direction Requirements

  • Provide evidence of recent theology. The admissions process and later consultation with faculty will serve to discern student needs.
  • Receive consistent, ongoing spiritual direction before and throughout the program.

Lay Ministry Profiles

Suzanne Billen
Christ Our Light Parish, Cherry Hill

Ministry: Faith Formation Catechist, 25 years
Liturgical Ministry Lector, 10 years

Georgian Court University, M. A. Degree in Pastoral Theology
Center for Ministry Development, National Certificate for Youth Ministry
Camden Diocese of Camden Certificates: Master Catechist,
Liturgical Ministry

How did the Lay Ministry Formation Program prepare you for your ministry?
Lay Ministry formation guided me to believe that “My mission is to ‘listen first;’ for the ministry of Christ follows.” In listening first, the Holy Spirit opens my heart to understand and God will speak through my words and actions.

How has Lay Ministry molded you as a person?
Lay Ministry directed me with an outline to take stock of myself so I could realize the importance of my witness of the Presence of God to others. In so doing, the realization is made that “each one of us is sacred,” and brings a gift “package” intended to serve God’s intent for the world. I am here to help someone else to know God, who He is and what He has done.

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Participating Institutions

Georgian Court University
Theology (Pastoral Theology)
MA or Undergraduate Certificate
Diocesan Locations
Villanova University
Church Management
M.S. Church Management
Online and one week summer campus
Neumann University
Undergraduate Degree Completion Program
Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction
Diocesan Locations and Online
St. Joseph's College of Maine
Theology (Pastoral Theology)
M.A. Theology
College of St. Elizabeth
Religious Education
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Parish Life Ministries
English and Spanish
Undergraduate Certificate
Diocesan Locations
University of Dayton
Catechesis (English and Spanish)
Adult Faith Formation
Youth Ministry (Online and in-seat diocesan workshops)
Social Justice
Foundations for Leadership in Ministry
Non-credit bearing Certificate
Church Ministry Institute - CMIC (3 Levels)
Theology, Spirituality & Ministry Skills (English and Spanish)
Non-credit bearing Diocesan Certificate
Diocesan locations

CMIC Brochure
Church Ministry Institute for Catechists - CMIC4C (3 Levels)
Theology, Spirituality & Catechetical Skills (English and Spanish)
Non-credit bearing Diocesan Certificate
Diocesan Locations
CMIC4C Brochure

LMFP Brochure

Contact Information

Lay Ministry Formation
631 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08201

JoLynn Ryan Krempecki
Director, Lay Ministry Formation
Kathia Arango
Registrar, Lay Ministry Formation


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