About the Studies

The Institute offers the possibility of specialized studies for the Church licentiate and doctorate degrees in the area of spiritual theology, which in a particular way is involved with studying a person's relationship with God and their experiences and attitudes as a result of this.  The particular issues composing the program of studies are examined from the Biblical-theological as well as historical and psychological points of view.


The proposed specialized studies in spirituality are directed to priests, consecrated persons and lay people who desire to deepen their Christian spiritual experience. Studies in the Institute of Spiritual Theology prepare a person for work in priestly formation seminaries as lecturer of spiritual theology, to be spiritual fathers and directors, and also in the area of widely understood formation, either in religious orders and communities of consecrated life, or in parishes as leaders of Catholic movements and societies in the realm of catechesis and animation of the spiritual life. Theoretical and practical knowledge obtained in the Institute can also be applied on the level of publications of an academic and pastoral ministries character, giving a response to the needs and challenges which contemporary times present.


Students of the Institute of Spiritual Theology in the framework of two years' licentiate studies and then doctorate studies have the possibility to take advantage of a wide selection of offered issues, presented during the lectures, seminars and discussion classes.  The topics of lectures on subjects includes, among others: methodology of spiritual theology, anthropological and Biblical basis for spirituality, spiritual development and its principle sources (prayer, meditation, contemplation), the history of Christian spirituality and the Polish Church's spirituality, comparative spirituality, Eucharistic and Marian spirituality, Islam and Buddhist spirituality, spirituality of the rule of religious orders, spiritual direction.


The Institute also leads the Post-Graduate Studies of Catholic Spirituality, which is dedicated for priests, consecrated and lay persons, in particular those leading formation, spiritual fathers, masters (mistresses) of novitiates, confessors and spiritual directors, members of prayer-apostolate groups and communities, catechists and all those interested in Catholic spirituality. The studies, on account of the profile they have, prepare graduates to undertake assignments whose goal is to spiritually accompany others and work in animation of prayer-apostolate groups. Its duration is four semesters and incorporates about 300 hours of classes which undertake, among others, the following issues: spiritual development, supernatural phenomenon, principles of interpersonal communication, women's and men's spirituality, spiritual crisis, satanic bondage, vocational accompaniment, principles of spiritual accompaniment, methods of group activation, resolving conflicts in a community. Completion of studies is crowned with a diploma proving the preparation to competently carry out formation ministries. By the authority of agreements made with the bishops of particular dioceses, we foresee granting graduates of our studies missions to fulfill their various ministries in the local Church (for example special Eucharistic ministers, leading prayer-apostolate groups, and the like). Graduates of our studies, who possess the professional title of magistrate of theology, can apply to be accepted into the II year of doctorate studies program at the CUL Institute of Spiritual Theology, under the condition that they pass all make up exams for the designated subjects.


The goal of studies in the Institute of Spiritual Theology is a deepening of theological-spiritual academic knowledge and the best quality preparation for work in the area of Christian spiritual formation. The Church licentiate in spiritual theology grants authority for teaching this academic discipline in Church academies and diocesan priestly formation seminaries and religious orders. The theoretical-practical knowledge acquired during studies in the Institute comes out to be very useful in formation work in seminaries and parishes, in the field of catechesis or other forms of pastoral ministries and Evangelization activities.