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Christian Spirituality

This certificate program is open to priests, deacons, religious, and lay men and women. Wives of deacons and diaconal candidates are invited to journey together as a cohort in this program, which provides academic preparation in spirituality and a foundation for ministry, as well as opportunities for personal spiritual development. Perspectives from history, theology and spirituality assist students seeking to understand and nurture Christian spirituality. Structured in these areas, the program offers a formal way of integrating these perspectives.

A bachelor’s degree is required so that participation in graduate-level studies will be fruitful. Prospective students should also have adequate knowledge of contemporary Christian understandings (Scripture, dogmatic theology and moral theology).

Credits from the program may be applied toward a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.

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"I've attended many reflection seminars for our faith over the years and, without a doubt, this was the best. I was on fire with the Spirit when I left, and I am taking forward many new perspectives and approaches which I hope will continue to enrich my faith."

Cathy Stevens


Courses are offered at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology on Seton Hall University’s main campus. Courses in general areas include:  

Church History (3 credits)

  • History of Spirituality

Theology (6 credits)

  • Theology of the Spiritual Life
  • Elective: Theology and Spirituality of Marriage and the Family is recommended for wives of deacons and deacon candidates

Spirituality (6 credits)

  • Spirituality and Contemporary Culture Elective: Prayer, Discipleship and Community is recommended for wives of deacons and deacon candidates

Integration Perspectives (3 credits)

  • Integration Seminar (A course such as Women Mystics is recommended for wives of deacons and deacon candidates.)

Faculty Listing

The following is a selection of faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST). Click to read more about all of our ICSST faculty » 

Chris Ciccarino
Rev. Christopher Ciccarino
Associate Dean for Seminary and Academic Studies and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
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Reverend Roberto Ortiz
Rev. Roberto Ortiz
Director of Liturgy and Adjunct Professor and Chair of Systematic Theology
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Joseph Laracy
Rev. Joseph R. Laracy
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
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Justin M. Anderson
Professor and Chair of Moral Theology
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