About the Institute
The Institute for Christian Spirituality was created by Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology to provide a premier center where those who serve in the Church today may obtain a solid foundation in their faith, learn effective skills in pastoral ministry and leadership and be given tools for discernment and spiritual growth – all in an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie.
The Institute’s mission is grounded in 2 Timothy 1:6: “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God within you.” Begun in 2005 through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the Institute accomplishes this goal through various programs, including the Center for Diaconal Formation, the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, the Prayerfully Speaking Initiative, the Workplace Spirituality Program, and Seminary’s Theological Education for Parish Services (STEPS).
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The Institute for Christian Spirituality seeks to "stir into flame" excellent ministry by making a series of vital connections that will call, train and sustain pastoral leaders. Drawing upon a network of seminary, parish and diocesan resources, the Institute will provide systematic formation to those already in ministry and those considering it, particularly young adults. This is accomplished through four distinct but mutually supportive "Making Connections" Initiatives.
The Institute for Christian Spirituality comprises four "Making Connections" programs:
Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D.
Director for the Institute of Christian Spirituality
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
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