Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Graduate Certificate in Faith Formation
An 18-credit certificate offered for teachers, parish religious educators and catechists, volunteers, parish ministers and those interested in deepening their knowledge and appreciation of the faith tradition. The program is grounded in solid theology, spirituality, religious education and scripture. There are sufficient electives offered in the program to allow flexibility in responding to individual needs and goals. The competencies outlined by the United States Catholic Bishops in their document, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord,” are included in the courses offered in either the traditional classroom setting or online.

Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction
The Graduate Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction is comprised of 18 graduate credits focused specifically on the core competencies needed by a spiritual director. The spiritual direction courses are designed to identify the participant’s potential for becoming a spiritual director, to assist the participant in discerning a call to this ministry, to formulate a model of spiritual direction and to develop the specific skills needed by a spiritual director.

The program is designed for pastoral workers or ordained ministers who already have an M.A., M.Div., D.Min. or Ph.D. in theology or religious studies. A second potential group of students are professionals with master’s or doctoral degrees in clinical areas such as social work, pastoral psychology, counseling, etc., who want to integrate spirituality into their practices or who wish to understand how spiritual directors and therapists might work in concert with one another. 

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