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

Celia Gutierrez
Divine Mercy Parish, Vineland

Ministry: Parish Council Member
Diocesan Spanish Commission
Our Lady of Guadalupe Committee
Eucharistic Minister

Rutgers University, Masters and Bachelor Degrees, Social Work
College of St. Elizabeth, Certificate in Parish Life Ministry

How did the Lay Ministry Formation Program prepare you for your ministry?
The Lay Ministry Formation Program empowered me to do what God wanted me to do. I have a great sense of gratitude to our bishop and to the people who created this program. They have a strong sense of our future and what we need to do to be prepared.

How has Lay Ministry molded you as a person?
Personally, many things were clarified. I have developed a greater sense and appreciation of my faith. I now work with full confidence knowing we are to bring God’s kingdom to wherever we are. God has given me the grace to understand this.

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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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