Frequently Asked Questions - Certificate Programs

The major form of assistance is the significantly reduced tuition offered for all students in the theology programs, comparable to 50% or more reduction of the standard tuition for these programs nationwide. In some cases, the diocese, parish, school or employer will offer further assistance. For those qualified for the Portier Grant (Catholics with financial need, active in ministry in the Archdiocese of Mobile), there are a limited number of tuition grants of up to 25%, for a matching amount of assistance from the parish or school or other archdiocesan institution.

A minimum of two academic years, including two summers.

While some of the courses will be offered at the extension sites, from time to time, the more specialized courses will be offered only in Mobile and Atlanta. But they will be offered in a once-weekly format, to facilitate those who may be commuting from a certain distance. Because many participants will be in active ministry, the class meetings will be scheduled during the week (e.g., Monday afternoons or evenings) rather than on weekends.

The program consciously builds its foundation on the Ignatian dynamics and tradition, but not in an exclusive way. Ignatian spirituality in itself is inherently open-ended. It is also the tradition most accessible to us at a Jesuit college and thus provides a very effective frame and foundation for our exploration of spiritual direction. While no effort is made to offer a complete survey of all the many different traditions and forms of spiritual direction, both the variety of spirituality courses and the seminar style of the advanced courses will provide ample scope for many other ancient and contemporary expressions of spiritual direction.

Yes, very much so. While rooted in the Catholic tradition of theology and of church, spirituality is also the area of theology in which the common ground of Christian faith is most clearly discovered.