Santa Croce Program


The Santa Croce Program is designed specifically for Superiors and Formators (or for potential future Superiors and Formators) from CMSWR communities. The course will begin in January 2024 and conclude in December 2024. It will consist of two weeks of onsite classes in Rome from January 29-February 9, 2024; and then in the second semester from September 9-20, 2024.  Please plan to arrive in Rome on Saturday, January 27, 2024 and depart from Rome on Sunday, February 11, 2024 for the first semester, and arrive in Rome on Saturday, September 7, 2024 and depart from Rome on Sunday, September 22, 2024 for the second semester. Written exams will be taken from the United States at the end of each semester. 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, there will be opportunities to visit sacred sites in Rome and environs. In the intervening months, the sister students will be assigned readings and papers under the supervision of the Santa Croce faculty. The sister students will earn European credits which are transferable to any European Pontifical University.

The names of the six courses 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 can be found here.

The cost for the program is $3,500, 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 will be available from CMSWR. Arrival and departure dates will be specified soon. The cost for additional days at the Domus is $50 per day.

The deadline for registration is November 1, 2023. A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Final payment is due by January 5, 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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