Certificate in Benedictine Spirituality

The Graduate Certificate in Benedictine Spirituality brings together practical application of the Rule of Saint Benedict and historical reflections on the development of Benedictine life, spirituality, and practices. Taught by experts within the faculty of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and other major Benedictine leaders and oblates, this certificate offers opportunities to further explore the Benedictine charism and is ideal for both Oblates and vowed Monastics. 

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Program Composition 

  • 9 Credits in Benedictine Spirituality / Monastic Studies 
  • 3 Credits in Liturgy or Scripture 
  • 3 Credits in Unrestricted elective  

Admission Process 

  • Resume/CV 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • Letter of Intent 
  • Official Transcripts 


Oblates and Monastics 

Vowed Monastics and Oblates who follow the Rule of Benedict can receive a special discounted rate to earn this particular certificate, please contact the admission office with any questions [email protected].  

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Benedictine Tradition

Theological study has long been valued in the Benedictine tradition as a central element of the search for God. At Saint John's, the monastic rhythm of prayer and work keeps academic study grounded in the common life of faith.