The Center for Prayerfully Speaking provides ongoing formation and prepares God's people for service and leadership roles in an atmosphere of collaboration, community-building, mutual support and encouragement. Through a wide variety of events, the program seeks to nurture habits and practices of excellent ministry in pastoral leaders and parish volunteers by providing resources to develop pastoral leadership and fostering connections with parishes through retreats, discernment tools, facilitated group discussions, lectures and workshops. Workshops are offered that provide practical skills for developing and presenting talks, prayer services, retreats and group discussions to those in professional and volunteer ministry.
In addition, a graduate-level course, Spiritual Theology & Public Speaking is available through Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. The course provides an overview of spiritual theology, emphasizing key figures of Christian mysticism and models of Vatican II's universal call to holiness, and their witness to the Gospel. Examples of great Christian speeches and inspirational writings will be studied, followed by opportunities for students to prepare, organize, and deliver spiritual talks, such as retreats, lectures and days of recollection.
As part of the Center for Prayerfully Speaking, the Christian Speakers Network (CSN) was developed to be a resource to parishes and organizations needing speakers who are passionate about their Catholic faith and have a solid theological education.