Certificate in Prayer and Spiritual Direction
The Certificate in Prayer and Spiritual Direction from the University of Mary will form you by bringing you deeper into your own communion with Jesus Christ and equipping you to receive fruitfully from the life of grace. It also provides the foundation for a life of leading others deeper into their relationship with the Triune God.
Today, the Church and world are in deep need of people of spiritual depth enjoying communion with the Holy Trinity and attuned to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This certificate program will form you to become such a person. You will deepen your own life of prayer as a disciple of Christ – clergy, religious, or lay leader – and begin to gain the knowledge, virtues, and skills necessary to bring others into an ever more faithful and fruitful experience of prayer and devotion. You will explore the historic monastic tradition of prayer and spiritual direction and apply it to the present day. This certificate can be combined with the graduate certificates in Marriage and Family and Sacred Scripture to complete the requirements of the MA in Applied Catholic Theology.
The content of this certificate provides a firm foundation for the spiritual life and assists students to receive spiritual direction fruitfully. Many graduates of this certificate of the MA will want to proceed to full certification as a Spiritual Director, offered in partnership with the Sioux Spiritual Center. The full certification then qualifies you to offer spiritual direction to others!
At a Glance
1 semester/9 credits
- Online with on-campus institute
Tuition per Credit
Is This the Program For Me?
Who It’s For
- Those who wish to deepen their lives of prayer
- Directors of Religious Education (DREs)
- Diocesan and Parish Personnel
- Volunteers involved in faith formation
- Counselors and those seeking the beginnings of a training in spiritual direction.
- Spiritual Director (with additional certification)
- Theology and Religion Instructor
- Church Leader
- Counselor (with additional education and licensing)
- Director of Religious Education
- Faith Community Leader
- Church Leader
- Missionary Work
What You’ll Learn
- Come to a lived experience of the principles and dynamics of Christian prayer.
- Become familiar with the spiritual and mystical tradition of Catholic Christianity.
- Explore how the pathways of spiritual illumination opened up by this tradition in its various expressions bring freedom and peace to the human heart.
- Understand the effects of personal and communal sin on one’s relationship with God.
- Learn prayerful means of experiencing healing through encounters with Divine Love.
- Online with on-campus institute
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Being with God: What Happens in Prayer
Consider the fundamental principles for the understanding and practice of truly relational Christian prayer. Students will aim to awaken the heart in faith to a deeper lived relationship with God in Jesus Christ. In this course, emphasis is given to the identity of the Christian as a beloved son or daughter of God as foundational for a life of effective apostolic mission.
Sanctity and Sanity: The Christian Spiritual Tradition
Explore the historical development, sweeping influence, and fruit of the Church’s spiritual and mystical tradition through the ages. Specific consideration in this course is given to the treasures of Benedictine monasticism, Carmelite spirituality, and Ignatian Discernment of Spirits. This tradition is then brought to bear upon some key obstacles to interiority presented by modern life.
Transformation and Renewal: Healing the Mind
Examine impediments to communion with God arising both from fallen human nature and from the fragmentation of contemporary life and culture. In the context of the practice of the presence of God, this course treats themes of grace, acedia, shame, resilience, and the importance of a sanctified imagination for growing into a true vision of others, the self, the world, and God.
The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:
- Official transcripts
- Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
- At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office.
- Have your transcripts sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Mary
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504
- Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]