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Spiritual Formation

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Our Christian faith continuously invites us to discipleship of active witness in our work, worship and prayer. The STM gives particular attention to each student developing her or his spiritual life in relation to theological study, pastoral praxis, and personal development. Some degrees include spiritual formation as part of their requirements. Click here to learn more about degree requirements.

Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Spiritual Formation at the STM is grounded in the following principles:

  • God’s presence is found in all things and communicated in a particular way through human experience.
  • Every student’s vocational path is unique - the arenas and interests of STM students are varied.
  • One’s relationship with God is deepened through prayer and bears fruit in a life of service. The fullness of faith is expressed in love of God and neighbor.
  • Spiritual conversation, companionship and ongoing support are essential if one is to grow in faith, hope, and love.
  • Spiritual development is guided by the Holy Spirit across the life span.
  • The Spiritual Formation Program at the STM reflects the diversity of its student body, emphasizing an openness to different spiritualities and an appreciation of cultural contexts and ethnic backgrounds.

Components of the STM Spiritual Formation Program include:

  • Individual Advising
  • Spiritual Formation Groups
  • Immersion Experiences
  • Liturgy - daily Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours, prayer services
  • Journaling
  • Retreats
  • Service and Justice Outreach
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Spiritual Practices - personal prayer, lectio divina, examen, labyrinth
  • Workshops