Course I: Foundations of Human and Christian Formation
Enables students to express with great accuracy the dimensions, dynamics, dispositions, and phases of their own and others' journey to spiritual maturity. While the concepts and constructs of formative spirituality apply universally, special emphasis is placed on the fullness of grace, which flows from and leads to the mystery at the center of our field of formation.
Course II: Basics of Formation Anthropology and Formation Theology
Examines the influence of our unique-communal life call on every phase of our spiritual maturation. While students focus closely on their human potency for transcendence, special attention is paid to the formation of conscience and how it influences our everyday life; the obstacles pride uses to obscure the Christ-form of our soul; and the conditions that facilitate our choice of the appreciative abandonment option.
Course III: Formation of the Human and Christian Heart
Identifies the role of dispositions and virtues in the formation of the human heart, especially the central disposition of awe. A main focus of this course concerns the interplay of spirit, heart, mind, and will, and on how they influence the formation, deformation, reformation and transformation of our lives. Students explore how their own memory, imagination, and anticipation can nurture or cripple their growth in faith, love, and hope.
Course IV: Living Our Faith and Formation Traditions
Ponders the connection between what we believe and how we live in the light of full field appraisal of our faith and formation traditions. This process pays particular attention to the guidance of the Spirit and the need for interformation with others. Special attention is given to uncovering the effects of prior and current habits of formation that may block or build upon our openness to spiritual guidance. Considered also is the impact that faith and formation traditions have on us during crucial turning points in our quest for Christian maturity.
Course V: Dynamics of Spiritual Direction
Focuses in detail on the three modes of spiritual direction: spiritual self-direction; one-on-one or private direction; and spiritual direction-in-common or in a group setting. The art and discipline of spiritual direction must be grounded in listening to the Spirit. Training sessions allow students to experience roles as both directors and directees. These three modes of direction are complemented by an introduction to transcendence therapy.
Course VI: Integrating Contemplation and Action in Daily Life
Extends the art and discipline of formative spirituality to a renewed appreciation for the wealth of texts available to us in Holy Scripture and the spiritual classics. Special attention is given to formative reading and journaling as well as to related practices that nurture the contemplative life. This culminating course in the program enhances one's sensitivity to life-call questions, growth in prayer, and dedication to ministry in such areas as spiritual direction, teaching, counseling, and mentoring. The culminating project involves the preparation of a guided reading program for those whom the students already serve or plan to serve in the near future.