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

Mary Joan Piechocki
Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Cape May Court House

Ministry: Director of Faith Formation for Adults & Children
Director for RCIA; Moderator for Parish Scripture Studies
Involved in Liturgical Ministry as Lector and EM

Institutions:
Georgian Court - Masters Degree Theology
Georgian Court - BA in Religious Studies with Minor in Women’s Studies
Atlantic Cape Community College - AA in Philosophy

How did the Lay Ministry Formation Program prepare you for your ministry?
Lay Ministry formation helped to prepare me personally through offering the educational partnership with Georgian Court University. To pursue learning my faith and the teachings of the Church on this level was exciting, deeply spiritual and helped prepare me in my ministry areas to bring the Good News to others with enthusiasm and confidence. Spiritually, the Lay Ministry Formation program offers opportunities to get away for days of spiritual enrichment that benefit me personally and carry over into my ability to minister from a center of deeper commitment as I journey in faith with others.

How has Lay Ministry molded you as a person?
Life is a journey of learning with mistakes and successes along the way. I feel that I have finally found my place at this point in my life through lay ministry. I feel enriched by the people with whom I interact, and I continue to grow in knowledge and faith through their witness and with their companionship as we pursue a life of holiness together. I am happy to support the vision our Pastor has for our parish community in whatever ways I am able through the ministries with which I am entrusted.

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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
Online
 
 
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
Online
 
 
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
856-583-6116
JoLynn.Krempecki@camdendiocese.org
Kathia Arango
Registrar, Lay Ministry Formation
856-583-6135
kathia.arango@camdendiocese.org

 

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