Course Descriptions


CSP 660 Dreams and Spiritual Growth (1-3)  This course will explore the significance of dreams in discerning spiritual growth.Some attention will be given to the role of dreams in scripture and Christian tradition. The primary aim of the course is to familiarize participants with the psychology of dreaming and with contemporary methods for discerning the religious meaning of one's dreams: in one's own spiritual growth and development as well as in working with dreams in the context of spiritual direction.


CSP 662  Ministerial Care During Times of Trauma (1)

This course is designed to examine the impact of trauma on the mind, body and spirit.  Trauma care is not only for the individuals, families and/or communities with whom they work but also to develop resiliency in the mind, body and spirit of the helping professionals. In this course students will understand the definitions of trauma and trauma work.  Students will develop mindful practices such as breathing, movement and internal dialogue to explore how trauma pertains to their personal and professional well-being.


CSP 665 Spirituality of Diocesan Priesthood (1)  Reflections on charism and spirituality of diocesan priesthood.


CSP 666 Centering Prayer and the Experience of God (1)  Contemplative practices such as Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer, which directly cultivates the experience of God's presence and extend the interior silence of prayer into daily life. Additional topics include prayer as relationship, the experience of the Dark Night, and fruits of contemplative prayer in daily activity.


CSP 667 Contemporary Theological Reflection (1-3) Through the development of the skill of contemplative theological reflection, students learn to reflect on their personal and ministerial or work experiences to discern the call of transformation and integration in the midst of the Christian tradition and world realities. This a personal and group process and takes place in a peer faith setting.


CSP 669 Salesian Spirituality (1)   Introduction to the Salesian spiritual tradition co-founded in the 17th century by Francis de Sales and Jane Chantal. Seminal texts such s the Introduction to the Devout Life and the lives of the founders will backdrop discussion of central Salesian themes as resources fro contemporary living.


CSP 670 Art and Spirituality (1-3)  With an experiential, hands-on format using watercolor and other art media this course provides an opportunity for right-brain expressions of prayer, spiritual understanding and an experience of God.


CSP 671 Mindful Movement (1-3) At the core of Hatha Yoga is the integration of the mind and spirit. Yoga is a tool for bringing awareness to the self and relationships both spiritual and emotional. As a tool for spiritual growth and wellness this course is designed to teach students the fundamental practices of Yoga. Through these practices students will develop an understanding of how to integrate yoga into spiritual awareness and spiritual direction.


CSP 672 True Self/False Self: The Enneagram and Spiritual Transformation (1) Within the True Self/False Self framework, the Enneagram will be appropriated as a vehicle for spiritual growth and transformation .Topics will also include the Enneagram in Discernment and Spiritual Direction.


CSP 673 Spiritual Dialogue: East Meets West (1-3)

This course will examine Christian-Muslim encounter, and how to engage in such encounter, in its many forms, with special attention to the role of spiritual dialogue in this engagement and to ways in which it can enrich the ministry and spiritual development of each participant.  The end result can be a life-giving understanding and practice of dialogue with our Muslim spiritual cousins, carried into practice with relevance and integrity, supporting many forms of ministry, and serving the Church and ultimately the wider world both wisely and well.


CSP 676 Giving 19th Annotation Retreats (1)  How to give retreats to people in everyday life according to Annotation 19 of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. P: CSP 773; Co or Pre-requisite: 781


CSP 677 The Spirituality, Psychological Foundations, and Practice of Forgiveness (1-3) The imperative to forgive is central to Christian identity, discipleship, and building authentic intimacy with God and others. This course explores spiritual, theological, and psychological perspectives on forgiveness. Through journaling, prayer, guided reading/reflection, and class discussion, students will be encouraged to develop, practice, and personally appropriate a spirituality of forgiveness.


CSP 678 The Spirituality of Paul (1-3)

A study of the Pauline correspondence to analyze what these letters imply regarding the gospel vision as a way of seeing that leads to a way of being. Special attention to Paul's Jewish background and his use of that tradition to explain Jesus as the climax of the covenant and his way as the fullness of human being; creation, community, cross, new creation.


MAM 678. Introduction to Psychological Issues in Ministry (1)

Course includes a study of personal and familial issues that demand ministerial care with special attention to family patterns, incarnational spirituality, sexuality and gender in human development. Power roles in society and Church, and problems of addiction, depression and suicide in the minister's culture will also be addressed.


CSP 679 Focusing (1)
This course will explore, through experiential practice, lecture and discussion, the dimension of felt meaning carried in the body that, attended to in a caring way, becomes a bridge to deeper understanding growth in Christian Spirituality.


CSP 680 Women and the Bible (3)  Study of the representations of women in biblical narratives; attention to the construction of gender in the ancient world. Introduction to the various approaches contemporary women are taking to theses biblical texts.


CSP 690 Supervision for Spiritual Directors (1)  A workshop for spiritual directors who are interested in acquiring or improving the skills necessary to supervise others in this ministry.


CSP 691 Eco-Spirituality (1-3) This course explores emerging environmental spirituality within the broad Christian spiritual tradition. The course considers the Christian understanding of the relationship between human and non-human nature. It also considers Christian practices that can be re-imagined to foster sustainable living.


CSP 698 Intro to Writing for Spirituality (1)  Through a combination of group classes and individual appointments, the course provides a tutorial in graduate writing for Christian Spirituality. General stylistic concepts are taught and practiced on the studentsí assigned papers. Tools such as using writing partners, reading text aloud, developing a distinctive writing voice and other important elements of writing analysis, integration and synthesis
essays will be introduced and practiced.

CSP 699  Writing for Spirituality (1)  A course for students which offers an opportunity for individual mentoring  in the skills necessary to complete capstone essays in graduate- level English where emphasis is placed on writing that is the fruit of reflection on both academic study and personal appropriation. 


CSP 715 Marian Spirituality (1-2)  This course will explore "Mary as mother and teacher of the spiritual life" e.g., Mary and the Holy Spirit, Mary's virtues, Mary as first disciple of the Lord, as Servant of the Lord, and as Model of the Church. This course likewise studies the various expressions of Mary's place in the universal call to holiness, e.g. the "Marian thread" in the lives of the Saints with a special emphasis on the new Saints and "Blesseds" of Pope John Paul II.


CSP 716 Spirituality of Reconciliation: Global and Social (3) Explores the biblical, sacramental, theological and spiritual dimensions of Christina reconciliation. Examines global case studies of Christian social reconciliation such as South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the American South. Students will be asked to develop a spirituality of social reconciliation for their own Christian communities. Fulfills Social Justice Requirement 


CSP 717 Jungian Psychology and Christian Spirituality (3) This course will explore the relationship between major aspects of Jung's psychological theory and Christian Spirituality. The principal aim of the course is to familiarize participants with basic concepts of Jungian psychology and to assimilate what is most useful in Jung for pastoral practice, one's own spiritual life and development as well as spiritual direction. Some films and fairy-tales will be used to convey concepts.


CSP 718 A Theology and Spirituality of Conversion (3) Freedom to respond to the grace of conversion into the likeness of the Son of God is the hallmark of Christian discipleship and the hoped for outcome of spiritual direction in general and the Spiritual Exercises in particular. This course presents the theology of conversion found in the works of Irenaeus of Lyons and Bernard J. Lonergan. Students will attend to the conversion of Ignatius of Loyola and their own conversion narratives in order to better appreciate the dynamics of conversion and prepare them for the ministry of spiritual direction.


CSP 719 Catholic Devotions in a Global Context (1) Theological, historical and practical consideration of the rich devotional traditions of the global Catholic Church. Attention given to the role devotions play in the spiritual life, the variety of cultural forms devotions take and preparation of the spiritual guide to discern the place of devotions in a directees life.


CSP 720 Celtic Spirituality (3) This course explores the wisdom of the Celtic Saints and their holistic approach to God, the earth, life, and others. Students will examine the principal characteristics of this early Christian spirituality as it found expression in the Carmina Gadelica and the lives of men and women shaped by Christianity's contact with the culture of the Celtic people.


CSP 721 The Marian Dimension of Spiritual Direction (1) What is Mary's place in Spiritual Direction?  This course will explore Mary in the life the Spiritual Director and develop new awareness of her place in the contemplative method of Spiritual Direction.


CSP 722 Mary in the Life of St. Ignatius (1) This short course will explore Mary in the life of St. Ignatius by investigating his autobiography and other writings.  It is written, "Ignatius dreamed of a lady who was for him the doorway of the graces he would receive throughout his life. He asked Mary to grant his greatest desire, "to deign to place him with her Son" (Autobiography)


CSP 723 Creating a Preached Retreat (1) This practical course is designed to help a prospective director create a preached retreat experience of two to three or more days based on the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.


CSP 760 Scriptural Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3) Introduction to Scripture, especially the New Testament, as the foundation to all Christian Spirituality. Faith, prayer, Holy Spirit, Church, centrality of Christ.


CSP 761 Liturgical Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3) An exploration of the Church's liturgical prayer life as an important basis and foundation for Christian Spirituality.


CSP 762 Doctrinal Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3) This course examines the foundational doctrines of faith, such as, the Trinity, the divine and human Jesus, salvation by Christ, God's activity in history, the Holy Spirit, and explores their relevance for the Christian spiritual journey, including the relationship to God, to all humanity and to the entire created universe.


CSP 764 Prayer and Christian Spirituality (3) Using classical and contemporary texts in Christian Spirituality, course studies the theology, methods, stages and dynamics of personal prayer and mysticism.


CSP 765 Prayer, Intimacy and True Christian Growth (3) The connection between spiritual and human growth, the necessity of keeping a relationship with Christ, and concrete simple ways of doing it each day.


CSP 766 Contemplation in the Christian Tradition (3) Course examines approaches to contemplation in classical and contemporary texts. Among authors and texts studied are the following: Pseudo-Dionysius, Cloud of Unknowing, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross. P: CSP 764 or 765 or equivalent. Fulfills the Prayer requirement for the degree.


CSP 767 Spanish Mysticism (1-3) Study of Ignatius Loyola, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, discussing their spirituality, teachings on prayer and understanding of human life as a pilgrimage with Jesus, ending only when total union with God is reached. P: CSP 784 or 765 of equivalent.


CSP 768 History of Ignation Tradition (3)

This course covers intersection of world cultures and Ignatian vision of Jesuits from the 16th Century, its spread through missionary work, it's development through 5 centuries, suppression and restoration and renewal in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Emphasis on the mission of Education and the faith that does justice.


CSP 769 The History of Christian Spirituality (3)  Development from post-apostolic age to the present. Some of the classics of Christian Spirituality.


CSP 770 Called to Holiness - The Christian Vocation: (3) Saints, ways to sanctity, past and present. The Communion of Saints. NOTE: This course fulfills the requirements for a course in the History of Spirituality.


CSP 772. Vatican II and the Doctrinal Foundations of Contemporary Christian Spirituality (3)

This course examines the role and impact of the Second Vatican Council on the foundational doctrines of faith, such as, the role of Scripture, Theological Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Pneumatology, and explores their relevance for the Christian spiritual journey.


CSP 773  The Theology of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (3)  Theology, interpretations, commentators, structure, with practical applications. Students will draw greater benefit from this course if they have a prior experience of the Spiritual Exercises either in an individually directed silent retreat or an extended retreat in daily life.


CSP 776 Discernment of Spirits: Theory and Practice (3) Study of the tradition of discernment in the Church with special emphasis on the rules for discernment of spirits in the Spiritual Exercises and the application of these to Christian life and practice.


CSP 777 Catholic Social Teaching (3)

The Catholic tradition insists that spirituality and social ethics are integrally related such that one is impoverished without deep connection with the other. Informed by that insight, this course explores the relationships between Christian spirituality and Catholic Social Teaching. Texts include essays from leading theologians and documents from the magisterium. Topics include the relationship between spirituality and ethics, conscience, methods in Catholic social ethics, human life and dignity, preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, rights and responsibilities, common good and solidarity, economic justice, immigration, peace and war, and ecology and climate change.


CSP 778 Biblical Roots for Peace and Justice Ministry (3) How to use Scripture responsibly in approaching the social and planetary issues of the third millennium. Sample topics: creation and ecology, violence and nonviolence, huger and stewardship, conscience and civil authority, option for the poor, Opportunity for special issue study.


CSP 779 Spirituality and Social Concern (3)  Reflections on the practice of spiritual direction, retreat leadership and other pastoral ministries in light of themes of justice, peace, and solidarity in scripture, Christian history, Catholic social teaching, and human experience. Investigation of how the reality of social injustice affects the private and public dimensions of the spiritual life. Emphasis on personal appropriation and leadership development so that students may integrate knowledge they gain into their ministries.


CSP 780 Counseling for Spiritual Direction (3)  Theory and practice of the dynamics of personal counseling in the context of spiritual direction. Analysis of the likeness and difference between spiritual direction, spiritual counseling, pastoral counseling, and counseling. Practical acquisition of facilitating behaviors of understanding and listening. Directed toward an apostolic orientation as a lived synthesis of mind, heart and mission. 


CSP 781 Pre-Practicum in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats (3) Preparation for work in spiritual direction and in giving directed retreats. Students must be receiving spiritual direction themselves for at least two years and also have made at least one eight-day directed retreat. P: 12 hrs. CSP courses including CSP 773; CSP 780 or equiv.; Co-requirement: CSP 776. Application for Admission to Pre-Practicum and approval of the Director of Practica required;


CSP 782 Post-Practicum in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats (3 or 4) Follows a year of receiving supervision in offering spiritual direction and giving directed retreats. A deepening of knowledge and skills needed to offer spiritual direction and directed retreats. P: CSP 781; Approval of the Director of Practica.


CSP 783 Spiritual Direction Within the Family System (3) Course focuses on the spiritual aspects of who we are in light of the family we come from. Overview of how one integrates spirituality into one's family life. Topics include: The Implication of Family Stories; A Framework for Working With Family of Origin in Spiritual Direction; Family Loss: From Resistance, Death, Anger.


CSP 786 Family Spirituality (1-3) Designed for both those who have families and those who minister to families. Key Questions: What are the elements of a spirituality derived from within the experience of family? What is the relationship between such a spirituality and the classic traditions of Christian Spirituality? How does the family ("the domestic church") and the wider church community serve, enrich and enable each other?


CSP 787 Evangelization Through Mercy (3)  This course will walk students through the meaning of evangelization, mercy and spirituality; trends and paradigms in the practice of evangelization; biblical and theological bases of the mission of evangelization; the content; agents and audiences of the mission of evangelization; methods and means of evangelization; and contexts of evangelization.


CSP 791 Spirituality and Sexuality (3)   As body-persons, all men and women are called to integrate the various dimensions of our human existence within a thought out/lived out perspective, i.e., a spirituality. For various historical, cultural, and religious reasons incorporating our sexuality can be challenging, even problematic. Through lecture, guided reading/reflection, class discussion, and writing, students will be encouraged to develop their personally meaningful spirituality of sexuality.