The Ignatian Spirituality Institute offers a two year program in spiritual direction. This is a non-credit, non-degree certificate program running concurrently with the Fall/Spring academic calendar at the University.

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) may be available to ISI participants who apply for them through the Continuing Education Department at John Carroll University. For information on CEU’s, please call 216.397.4245.

For more information on the Ignatian Spirituality Institute, call 216.397.1599.


The Program is designed around three areas of study:

  • Theology and scripture, with particular emphasis upon Christian anthropology, Christology, and scriptural exegesis pertinent to the work of spiritual direction.
  • Spirituality, particularly Ignatian spirituality, the Spiritual Exercises, discernment, types of prayer and mysticism.
  • Psychology, with focus upon developmental models of psychosexual maturation, and the cultivation of communication skills.

Years I And II

Year I is academically focused, with classes meeting twice a month in the evenings along with occasional weekend workshops.

Year II is focused on the supervised practicum with two options:

  • Track I consists of the supervised practice of spiritual direction. The basic pedagogical model for this training will be the rich tradition of the Spiritual Exercises.
  • Track II offers more flexibility, allowing students to design a program to bring the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises into their own ministry or profession, whatever that might be.

Students are accepted into Year I initially.  Progression into Year II is discerned during the first year in consultation with the Director.