Ignatian Spirituality Institute (ISI) Certificate

The department is also home to the Ignatian Spirituality Institute (ISI), which offers a certificate 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. Since the ISI is an affiliate program of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, all of its courses are conducted at John Carroll University. The ISI is endowed by a grant from the F. J. O’Neill Charitable Corporation and by gifts from other generous donors.

ISI Admission Requirements

Applicants to the ISI Program are required to submit the following:

  • An education history and official transcripts of all university-level studies.
  • An employment history.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant’s academic qualifications, professional work, and/or ministerial experience.
  • A 1000-word spiritual autobiography, including a statement of the applicant’s purpose in seeking admission to the ISI program.
  • A personal interview with the ISI Admissions Committee.

Note: Generally, it is expected the ISI candidates will have completed a college degree; will have spent several years at steady work; and will have had a variety of life experiences. The admissions committee may make exceptions to these criteria if circumstances warrant.

ISI Program Requirements

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

Four courses are required for the certificate program:

TRS 472THEOL SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 1

3

TRS 473THEOL SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 2

3

TRS 474PRACTICUM SPIRITUAL DIRCTN 1

2

TRS 475PRACTICUM SPIRITUAL DIRCTN 2

2

Upon academic petition, students who have completed the Ignatian Spirituality Institute certificate program may be granted up to 6 credits toward the Master of Arts degree program in Theology & Religious Studies. An information night for those interested in the program is held annually, typically during the first week of February.

The inaugural director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute is Dr. Joan Nuth. For further information about the ISI program and admission, contact the ISI director at 216-397-1638, jnuth@jcu.edu, or visit the ISI website at http://sites.jcu.edu/ISI.