Saint Meinrad’s spiritual formation program offers a structured,
for-credit program for spiritual growth. The program can help
- grow in knowledge of the Church’s spiritual
tradition, particularly the Benedictine charisms;
- deepen your baptismal call to holiness,
justice, and your ability to articulate your own vocation;
- practice the process of theological
reflection, working individually and in groups to put
personal experience into dialogue with Church tradition;
- understand the varieties of spiritual practices, and
discern a personal spirituality that fits your
unique gifts and temperament;
- develop and strengthen a commitment to personal prayer
and public worship.
You can complete all of the program requirements in
two to four years alongside your other coursework, earning three
pass-fail credits toward your degree. The required components
- Submit a spiritual autobiography and statement of goals
to the spirituality portfolio.
- Participate in four weekend
workshops. Spirituality workshops are offered twice a
year and focus on a variety of spiritual subjects. You should begin
with the regularly offered workshop on theological reflection.
- Participate in four theological reflection group
meetings, leading one.
- Complete the experiential/retreat component.
Make at least two retreats or days of recollection and write a two-
to three-page reflection on each retreat. Or, you may make one
retreat and engage in at least one year of regular spiritual
direction or regular participation in a faith-sharing or Bible
- Complete the final integrating project and exit
interview. The project is a five-page statement about your
spirituality, including an honest evaluation of personal strengths,
weaknesses and growing edges, and your future goals for growth and
development. An exit interview provides an opportunity to reflect
on your growth with the Saint Meinrad spiritual formation
You must email all written assignments and reflections to the
Director of Lay Degree Programs, who gathers them in your
confidential spirituality portfolio and tracks your completion of
the required components.
- Spiritual Direction and Spiritual
Companioning: Meeting regularly with a spiritual director
(at least six times in 12 months) can comprise half of the required
experiential component. A Saint Meinrad monk may provide you with
spiritual direction if one is available, or we can assist you in
seeking out a spiritual director in your home region.
- Faith-Sharing and Bible Study
Groups: If you are involved in your own group, independent
of Saint Meinrad theological reflection groups, these regular
meetings (at least six times in 12 months) can substitute for one
of the two required retreats in the experiential component. You
will need to submit half-page reflections on at least six
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Testing: We offer you opportunities to take the
Myers-Briggs personality profile, which is administered by the
counseling staff at Saint Meinrad. There is no extra charge.
For more details on
specific components or requirements, please contact the Office of
Lay Degree Programs.
Payment Policy and Financial Aid
Tuition is based on the tuition rate at the time of enrollment
and may be paid over a two-year or four-year period. You are
responsible for arranging a payment schedule with the Business
Office. If you complete the program earlier than expected, we will
award you academic credit after the full tuition amount is
You may receive applicable financial aid for the spiritual
formation program, as for any other course. You must complete the
necessary financial aid forms.
Please see Financial Information for more