Divine Mercy University (DMU) and Regnum Christi (RC) of North America are partnering to address the pressing need for spiritual directors in the life of the Church and the world. The Spiritual Direction Certificate (SDC) Program will begin January 2019 and available online for enrolled students.
The SDC Program is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and supervision for future spiritual directors. The program seeks to respond to the ongoing need for followers of Jesus Christ to assist others on their path of hearing the Lord’s ongoing call in their lives and becoming ever more His faithful disciples.
Program Director Fr. Robert Presutti, LC notes: “Pope Benedict stated it beautifully when he reminded us that the Church continues to recommend Spiritual Direction to every all Christians who wish to live their Baptism. That means that Spiritual Direction should be a part of every Christian’s life! For his part, Pope Francis reiterates the need for Christians who personally accompany others on the path of the Gospel, which is precisely what Spiritual Direction accomplishes.”
DMU has developed online academic degree programs that are both academically rigorous and practical for working adults and will bring that expertise to the development of the SDC Program. Regnum Christi offers a deeply Christ-centered spirituality that seeks to meet individuals in their day-to-day life and help them become missionary disciples and agents for the Christian transformation of society and culture. The SDC Program combines the expertise of DMU with the spiritual and apostolic depth of RC in order to prepare students to be spiritual directors
Students who complete the SDC Program will receive the requisite dispositions, knowledge of the theological and human sciences, interactions skills, and supervision tools that will enable them to be spiritual directors with the heart and mind of Jesus Christ and in the tradition of the Church’s tried experience.
The SDC Program includes six online courses offered in 8-week modules, two onsite residences, and practicum. The courses are offered three times a year, with new student cohorts starting in January, May, and August of each year.
For more information on the SDC Program and how to apply, read more about the program here. To learn more about DMU’s mission of integrating the insights of the human sciences with a Catholic-Christian view of the human person through graduate programs in psychology and counseling, visit www.divinemercy.edu. To learn more about Regnum Christi throughout the world, visit www.regnumchristi.org.