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SPM Course Descriptions

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SPM Course Descriptions

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Program of Spiritual and Faith Formation

The plan of studies for the Saint Francis de Sales School for Pastoral Ministry is centered on the constitutions of the Second Vatican Council and shaped by the vision of Pope Francis for the New Evangelization. It is newly designed to form students to be "missionary disciples." It provides formation in Christ-centered spirituality and prayer, a style of teaching that flows from and inspires transformation in Christ, and a missionary outlook focused on witnessing to the Gospel within our families, parishes, and the wider world.

The courses are designed to complement and build upon each other and to lead students from foundations for understanding and living the Faith in Year One, through the doctrine and worship of the Church in Year Two, to the mission of the Church to evangelize the world in Year Three.

Year One: Foundations

Constitution of Vatican II: Dei Verbum

1st Semester:
Old Testament
Spirituality and Prayer in the Christian Tradition

2nd Semester:
New Testament
Introduction to Church History

Year Two: Doctrine and Worship

Constitutions of Vatican II: Lumen Gentium and Sacrosanctum Concilium

1st Semester:
The Creed, Pt. I: Trinity, Jesus Christ, and the Paschal Mystery (Systematic Theology I)

2nd Semester:
The Creed, Pt. II: The Holy Spirit, the Church and the Last Things (Systematic Theology II)
Introduction to Liturgy and Canon Law of the Sacraments

Year Three: Mission

Constitution of Vatican II: Gaudium et Spes

1st Semester:
Catholic Moral Thought
The Mission and Spirituality of the Laity

2nd Semester:
Catholic Social Teaching
Marriage and Family: Theology



The School for Pastoral Ministry meets at Holy Names High School on the second Saturday of every month. Nestled in the lush beauty of the Oakland Hills, this location provides our students an authentically Catholic atmosphere conducive to adult faith formation. HNHS is an immaculate facility, with smart classrooms, WiFi and ample parking.



Mass is celebrated in the on-site chapel, replete with stained class, statuary, and a hand-carved altar from 1932. Close to public transport and a broad selection of restaurants, HNHS has been home to the SPM since fall 2015.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns about transportation- we can most likely connect you with a fellow student who can assist you. Please note that the offices of the School for Pastoral are not at HNHS but at the Oakland Chancery office.