Here you'll find details of institutions offering sabbatical courses for clergy. This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor does listing here give any validation for any of the venues.
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Offered by the North American College, Rome
ITCE offers two programs. In the summer the twelve week programme is one module, however the programme in the autumn is constructed as three modules of four week duration for each module. Participants can choose one or more modules.
More: Rome-Based Sabbatical Program Said to Make Good Priests Even Better (zenit.org).
The SVD Order offers a four month programme. It begins in Germany focussing on SVD heritage and spirituality. The main part of the course is held at Nemi – a hillside town near Rome. The course covers biblical themes including prophetic dialogue, inter-culturalism, Kingdom of God, Inner Journey, inter-gender partnership for mission, Jesus and the Gospels. The cost is about 7,000 euros. In 2018 there will be a three month course on Inter-culturalism.
Short courses designed to train people in the fields of spiritual accompaniment of others, psychology and spirituality.
Four weeks, six weeks and three-month-long programs are offered. The courses contain a mixture of input with field studies.
Courses provide input on Scripture, culture, the sacredness of the land and inter-faith dialogue. The centre is located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Los Altos, California
Offers a variety of retreats: Silent and otherwise for men and women. This includes themes of forgiveness, ways to pray and Ignatian spirituality.
Located at Loyola University. Offers parish leadership and management programs.
Tuscan, Arizona, USA
Based in the renown Sonoran Desert. Offers ‘Sabbatical Pathless Path Serenity’ retreats.
Menlo Park, California
Operates a centre for ongoing formation for priests.
One or two semester courses entitled ‘New Directions Sabbatical Program’.
Contact: Rev Robert McChesney SJ
In 2014 the unversity recommenced its sabbtical programs. Further information is obtainable via the website.
Renewal Program for clergy in Mosgiel (Dunedin), New Zealand. Topics to be covered include prayer, preaching, the Gospel of Mark, psycho-sexuality, transitions and more.
Contact: Fr Mark Chamberlain or phone +64 (03) 488 2577
Quezon City, Philippines
Three and six month sabbaticals. Courses in pastoral leadership and management