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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.

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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.

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

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

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

President Emeritus
Saint Luke Institute
Silver Spring, Maryland

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

President
Saint Luke Institute
Silver Spring, Maryland

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Emily R. Cash, Psy.D.

Director
Saint Luke Center
Louisville, KY

 

About Foundations

Comprehensive
  • 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

Practical
  • 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

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

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