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Spiritual Direction Certificate

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The Religious Studies program at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU), in collaboration with the CSJ Institute and the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet, Los Angeles Province, now offers a three-year, non-residential Spiritual Direction Certificate Program. This holistic program has been designed to align with the mission of MSMU and the foundational principles of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The program is based upon an Ignatian-Salesian Spirituality. Three key elements are woven throughout the curriculum:

  • An Incarnational Spirituality modeled upon an Ignatian Humanistic Theology
  • A Practical Spirituality modeled upon a vibrant Salesian Theology of Service
  • A Holistic and Evolutionary Spirituality modeled upon the theory and dynamic practice of individual and communal discernment

The certification process will facilitate the formation of a strong practitioner of Spiritual Direction. The foundational charism of “love of God and love of neighbor without distinction” permeates the formation process of persons dedicated to the ministry of spiritual companionship. This collaborative enterprise will provide opportunities and spiritual resources to students and, as importantly, provide a needed program in Spiritual Direction in the heart of Los Angeles.


Call (213) 477-2800 for more information on the all-new Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree programs. Please visit our Graduate Admissions website to learn more about admission.