8 centuries of intellectual, spiritual and pastoral practice for today’s world
The courses for this certificate can also be used by students of the general and research MA in Theology with a concentration in spirituality to focus on Franciscan Spirituality. The same is true of he DMin in Spirituality.
The GCFS promotes the development one’s own spiritual identity as well as a practical spirituality for various types of Franciscan life and outreach.
- 18 credit hours
- The GCFS can be completed in one or more years and involves taking
- 3 required credits in Methods for the Study of Spirituality or Spiritual Formation.
- 9 credits in the theological study of Franciscan Spirituality
- 6 credits in interdisciplinary spirituality courses (Biblical, Historical, Liturgical, Intercultural, etc)
- Origins of Franciscan Spirituality: Study Tourgrimage to Italy
- Biblical Foundations of Spirituality
- Theology and Spirituality of Religious Priesthood
- Liturgy and Popular Religiosity
- Christian History & Spirituality through Art & Architecture in Italy
- Ethics, Spirituality, and Global Climate Change
Sample Course Mapping
|Fall||Theology and Spirituality of Religious Priesthood|
|Spring||Foundations and Methods for the Study of Spirituality|
|May Term||Origins of Franciscan Spirituality: Study Tourgirmage|
|Fall||Biblical Foundations of Spirituality|
The certificate program offers two Tourgrimage courses, Christian History & Spirituality through Art & Architecture and Origins of Franciscan Spirituality: Study Tourgrimage to Italy.
EXPERIENCE key cities and shrines that have been the backdrop for the Gospel lives of Francis, Clare and their early companion.
LEARN about significant people, devotions, images and places that continue to animate and inspire contemporary peoples.
This 12 day study tourgrimage is sponsored by the John Duns Scotus Chair of Franciscan Spirituality in combination with the Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry department of the Catholic Theological Union provides students/auditors with a survey of the spirituality arising from the movement/family begun by Francis and Clare of Assisi in the thirteenth century.
A study tourgrimage is a combination of tourism and pilgrimage taken as an academic course. We will need to balance being students, tourists and pilgrims in the Franciscan holy places of central Italy.
Professor Friar Gilberto Cavazos-González, OFM of the Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry Department will be leading the tour. He will be assisted by Austrian Biblical Professor Friar David Volgger, OFM of the Pontificia Università Antonianum (Rome).
Join with students from all walks of life and corners of the globe who flourish in the richness of Roman Catholic tradition, teaching, and practice.
Academic programs at CTU are open to all qualified students who wish to study theology for personal or professional growth and enhance their ministry.
1 Complete and submit the application form online at ctu.edu/apply.
2 Send supporting documents.
(transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statement)
Since it’s founding in 1968, the Catholic Theological Union has been blessed with the Franciscan presence of the Friars Minor, the Capuchins, the Conventuals, Franciscan Sisters and Secular Franciscans. CTU’s commitment to the Franciscan Family has been constant throughout the years and especially in the Endowed John Duns Scotus Chair of Franciscan Spirituality.
In this Spirit CTU’s Graduate Certificate in Franciscan Spirituality that can stand alone or be combined with our degree programs.
Franciscan religious, seculars, and people who work for Franciscan institutions like schools and universities, hospitals and health centers and social service centers can enhance their work and ministry at these centers and enrich their own spirituality as well. The GSFC is especially helpful for those who want a theological/historical/spiritual background for a directing an institution’s Franciscan mission and identity or for a Franciscan ministry of religious formation, spiritual direction, retreat ministry, or other types of spiritual accompaniment.
Catholic Theological Union offers a wide variety of certificate programs for students who wish to specialize in their theological education or prepare for service in new ministries.
Certificates vary in length from 18 to 24 hours of course work.
You may earn certificates in the following areas: Asian Pastoral Theology and Ministry, Biblical Spirituality, Black Theology and Ministry, Franciscan Spirituality, Hispanic Theology and Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Interreligious Studies, Liturgical Studies, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice, Spirituality, and Spiritual Formation.