The Center for Ministry and Spirituality offers ongoing opportunities for the spiritual and theological formation of the laity. Its programs are open to everyone, and the personal and ministerial development of laity in the Church is its special focus.
The goal of the Center is to share the richness of the Catholic Christian tradition with others so that they can use Gospel values to create a hope-filled future for the Church and society.
The Center has a special commitment to developing skills for ministry in multicultural settings and providing opportunities for inter-religious dialogue through its annual convocations and summer institutes, in addition to various workshops and on-campus events.
The Sisters of Charity founded the College of Saint Elizabeth at the end of the 19th century, realizing the growing need to provide for the higher education of women in New Jersey.
It is in this environment of high academic standards, talented faculty, and rich traditions created by the College, that the Center for Ministry and Spirituality has become an effective training ground for providing outstanding theological and spirituality programs for the general public and effective training for lay ministry formation. There is an unmistakable synergy between the Center for Ministry and Spirituality and the College of Saint Elizabeth in their joint mission as a community of learning dedicated to the development of leaders in a spirit of service and social responsibility.
The Center for Ministry and Spirituality began in 1982 with a handful of women and men enrolled in a few courses, workshops and special events. Filling a deep need, the Center has grown quickly, almost at an astonishing pace. Currently there are about 150 students in the various certificate programs. The annual Spirituality Convocation welcomes about 1,000 people each year. The Summer Institute attracts more than 500 people each year who participate in courses, lectures, and special events.