NATURE OF THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION CERTIFICATE at DIVINE MERCY UNIVERSITY
Students who fulfill all program completion requirements receive a Certificate of Completion. This Certificate is a declaration that the student has successfully completed the course of training, which includes content, skills mastery, and supervised practicum. Spiritual direction, unlike clinical professions such as psychology, counseling, or social work, does not have an officially recognized licensing board that acts as a legal and ethical gateway to the spiritual direction “profession”. It is a Christian ministry and a professionally unregulated field. Consequently, obtaining the Certificate of Completion does not mean that students automatically become an officially recognized Catholic or Christian Spiritual Director. It does mean that the student who has successfully concluded the program has attained the sufficient mastery of content, interpersonal skills, and initial spiritual direction practice that could be reasonably expected for someone beginning ministry as a spiritual director.
Each Church, diocese, parish, religious order, congregation, or other Church entity might have specific oversight and requirements for spiritual directors who wish to exercise within their ecclesiastical boundaries or jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to be in touch with their local pastors or faith community leaders regarding their participation in the program and inform themselves about any local church requirements.
In order to be considered for admission into the Spiritual Direction Certificate (SDC) program at Divine Mercy University, you must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for admission:
After all application materials have been submitted, our Admissions office will contact the applicant regarding the interview phase of the application.
Qualifying applicants will be invited to schedule a video conference interview with Admissions. Pending the outcome of the individual meeting with Admissions, a group video conference interview with other applicants and the SDC faculty members will follow.
The Spiritual Direction Certificate program has three start dates each academic year; August, January and May. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for this program, with the deadlines as published herein.
Applicants seeking admission to a program after the published final deadline has passed should contact Admissions for further assistance and to inquire if additional spaces may still be available. Note that seating is limited and cohorts may fill to capacity prior to published deadlines.
- Application Deadline: December 15, 2023