Cherishing the Tradition, Nourishing the Faith

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. The College celebrated its Centennial in 1999-2000. The total enrollment in all divisions of the College is currently 1,800 students. The mission of the College is firmly rooted in our Catholic tradition and shows great promise for continuing to thrive well into the next century.

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 (formerly the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development) 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.