Divine Mercy University (DMU) announced December 6, 2018, that it will offer a Spiritual Direction Certificate (SDC) Program beginning in January 2019 and available online for enrolled students. The program will be offered in partnership with Regnum Christi (RC) of North America.
The SDC Program is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and supervision for future spiritual directors, according to Program Director Fr. Robert Presutti, LC. He said the program seeks to respond to the ongoing need for followers of Jesus Christ to assist others on their path of hearing the Lord’s ongoing call in their lives and becoming ever more His faithful disciples.
Fr. Robert Presutti, LC said: “Pope Benedict stated it beautifully when he reminded us that the Church continues to recommend Spiritual Direction to every all Christians who wish to live their Baptism. That means that Spiritual Direction should be a part of every Christian’s life! For his part, Pope Francis reiterates the need for Christians who personally accompany others on the path of the Gospel, which is precisely what Spiritual Direction accomplishes.”
DMU has developed online academic degree programs that are both academically rigorous and practical for working adults and will bring that expertise to the development of the SDC Program, Fr. Presutti explained. He said Regnum Christi offers a deeply Christ-centered spirituality that seeks to meet individuals in their day-to-day lives and help them become missionary disciples and agents for the Christian transformation of society and culture. The SDC Program combines the expertise of DMU with the spiritual and apostolic depth of RC in order to prepare students to be spiritual directors
Students who complete the SDC Program will receive the requisite dispositions, knowledge of the theological and human sciences, interactions skills, and supervision tools that will enable them to be spiritual directors with the heart and mind of Jesus Christ and in the tradition of the Church’s tried experience.
The SDC Program includes six online courses offered in 8-week modules, two onsite residences, and practicum. The courses are offered three times a year, with new student cohorts starting in January, May, and August of each year.
For more information on the SDC Program and how to apply, visit the website at www.sdc-divinemercy.org.