Institutes

Ignatian Spirituality Institute

The Ignatian Spirituality Institute (ISI) offers an educational program for the training of spiritual directors in the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. It is ideally suited to those interested in the ministry of spiritual direction and/or retreat work. More generally, the ISI offers adult Christians of any denomination theological and spiritual tools for deepening Christian life and ministry, whether in the home, parish, congregation, or workplace.

The ISI certificate is an affiliate program of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. It can be taken as a non-credit, non-degree certificate program or for degree credit in conjunction with the M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies. All ISI courses are conducted at the John Carroll University main campus.

ISI course work runs concurrently with the fall-spring academic calendar and is designed around three areas of study: theology/scripture, spirituality, and psychology/communication skills. Year I is academically focused; classes meet twice a month in the evenings along with occasional weekend workshops. Year II is focused on the supervised practicum in spiritual direction.

Requirements for admission include a written spiritual autobiography, three letters of recommendation, a record of education and work history, and an interview with the ISI Admissions Committee. Generally, it is expected that ISI candidates will have completed a college degree, several years of steady work, and a variety of life experiences. The admissions committee may make exceptions to these criteria.

The ISI is endowed by a generous grant from the F. J. O’Neill Charitable Corporation and by additional gifts from a variety of donors. For further information, contact the Ignatian Spirituality Institute office at 216-397-1599. Director: Dr. Joan Nuth, Associate Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies.

Institute of Catholic Studies

Over the centuries, the Catholic tradition has encountered many opportunities to formulate faith in the context of the intellectual and scientific climate of the age. The Institute of Catholic Studies examines this interaction through a variety of initiatives: an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor in Catholic Studies; faculty development workshops and seminars; sponsorship of a public lecture series; and course development grants. These programs seek to highlight, within the history of ideas, the contribution of Catholic intellectuals and scholars from a variety of disciplines. The institute also promotes the investigation of the interaction between the Church and society. Director: Dr. Paul V. Murphy, Department of History.

Robert M. Ginn Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility

Named in honor of the late Cleveland business executive and community leader, the Robert M. Ginn Institute builds upon the Cleveland business community’s record of social achievement and community spirit to establish a continuing program and dialogue on issues of social consequence to business. Through student internships and programs, the Ginn Institute seeks to enhance understanding of critical social issues and to foster a cooperative spirit among corporations, nonprofit organizations, and communities. In 1996, the Boler College established the Michael J. Lavelle, S.J., Fellowship/Internship Program, which funds internships for John Carroll students in private, nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cleveland area. Lavelle Scholarships also are funded by the Ginn Institute.