Santa Croce Program for Superiors and Formators


The Santa Croce Program is designed specifically for Superiors and Formators (or for potential future Superiors and Formators) from CMSWR communities. This year’s course will begin in September 2024 and conclude in June 2025. It will consist of two weeks of onsite classes in Rome from September 9-20, 2024; and then in the second semester from January 27-February 7, 2025 .  Please plan to arrive in Rome on Saturday, September 7, 2024 and depart from Rome on Sunday, September 22, 2024 for the first semester. For the second semester, please plan to arrive in Rome on Saturday, January 25, 2025 and depart from Rome on Sunday, February 9, 2025. (For an additional charge of $100, the sisters may arrive on Thursday, January 23, 2025 for the second semester in order to participate in the Jubilee of the World of Communications which will take place from January 24-26, 2025.)

While in Rome participants will reside at the Domus.  The four weeks of classes in Rome will be taught by Santa Croce faculty in the mornings; in the afternoons and on weekends, the Sisters will participate in mini pilgrimages to the seven pilgrimage basilicas and travel along a pilgrimage route and discover more about the women saints proclaimed by the Church as Patronesses of Europe and Doctors of the Church. In the intervening months, the sister students will be assigned readings and papers under the supervision of the Santa Croce faculty. Written exams will be taken from the United States at the end of each semester. The sister students will earn European credits which are transferable to any European Pontifical University.

The six courses being offered are the following:

  1. Canonical Notions Regarding the Consecrated Life (15 hours)
  2. Fundraising as Faithraising for Religious Institutions (5 hours)
  3. Liturgy: Source and Summit of the Christian Life (15 hours)
  4. Sexuality, Gender, and Education (15 hours)
  5. The Formation Staff in Religious Congregations (15 hours)
  6. Spiritual Accompaniment (15 hours)

A description of the program courses can be found here. A copy of the schedule will be available soon.

The cost for the program is $2,500, which includes tuition and fees at Santa Croce, room and board at the Domus, admission to museums and other sites, and transportation in Rome and to other locations. The program fee does not include travel to and from Rome. A limited number of scholarships may be available from CMSWR. The cost for additional days at the Domus is $50 per day.

The deadline for registration is August 1, 2024. A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Final payment is due by September 1, 2024.

This program is open to all CMSWR communities and is limited to 12 sisters.

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To register, please fill out the application below.


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