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“The whole work of priestly formation would be deprived of its necessary foundation if it lacked a suitable human formation.”
– Pastores Dabo Vobis

Foundations is a four-year online curriculum helping seminarians cultivate the emotional, spiritual and interpersonal skills needed to thrive in ministry.


A comprehensive human formation program. On demand.

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How Foundations Works

Foundations is a video-based, interactive program of over 30 pre-recorded lectures. Downloadable resources include a leader guide for formators and self-assessment tools for seminarians.

Foundations can be used as a stand-alone or supplemental formation program.

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Faculty & Student Support

The faculty includes priest-psychologists and counselors who have taught at seminaries around the world.

Professional staff are on call for program support and consultation.

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Expert faculty from around the world.


Rev. Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne, D.Min, MSW

Executive Director
St. Luke’s Centre
Manchester, United Kingdom


Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, D.Min., Ph.D.

President Emeritus
Saint Luke Institute
Silver Spring, Maryland


Rev. David Songy, O.F.M. Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D.

Saint Luke Institute
Silver Spring, Maryland


Emily R. Cash, Psy.D.

Saint Luke Center
Louisville, KY


About Foundations

  • 30+ hours of course content, with learning outcomes and reflection questions for each course
  • Expert faculty who have taught in seminaries around the world
  • Faithful to Catholic teaching, incorporating key Church documents
  • Four-year curriculum built on a continuum of critical skills in human development

  • Emotional, psychological and spiritual skill-building for ministry success
  • Downloadable handouts for each course
  • Administrator dashboard for student tracking and account management
  • Professional staff available for support and consultation

  • On-demand lectures available 24-7
  • Stand-alone or supplemental program
  • Classroom, small group or individual use
  • Versatile format adaptable to unique program needs

Foundations Pricing Per Year


Individual – $199
Up to 5 users – $750
6-20 users – $1,500
21-50 users – $3,000
51-100 users – $5,000


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Using Foundations

Foundations is designed as a comprehensive four-year curriculum built on a continuum of knowledge. Program units also can stand alone, allowing seminaries and houses of formation to incorporate content into existing human formation programs.

Examples of how to use Foundations:

  • Assign courses to students for watching independently
  • Watch or discuss key topics and content in small group settings
  • Project videos onscreen in a classroom setting
  • Incorporate video content into live lectures
  • Use the content to facilitate discussion among formation staff

Each Foundations course includes:

  • Overview
  • Learning outcomes
  • Video lecture (approximately one hour each)
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Reflection questions
  • Course completion tracking
  • Administrator dashboard to manage users and track participation

Topics Included

  • Growing in celibate chastity
  • Self-esteem, identity & self-image
  • Stress management
  • Affective maturity
  • Healthy pastoral leadership

  • Social media & Internet use
  • Psychological & spiritual integration
  • Working with challenging personalities
  • Spiritual fatherhood
  • Healthy boundaries