Sabbatical Resources

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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lnstitute for Continuing Theological Education

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.

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Nemi Pastoral Biblical Institute

Rome, Italy

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.


St Bueno’s

North Wales

Short courses designed to train people in the fields of spiritual accompaniment of others, psychology and spirituality.


Tantur Ecumenical Institute

Jerusalem, Israel

Four weeks, six weeks and three-month-long programs are offered. The courses contain a mixture of input with field studies.


Ecce Homo Convent

Jerusalem, Israel

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.


El Retiro – Jesuit Retreat Centre

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.


Institute of Pastoral Studies

Chicago, USA

Located at Loyola University. Offers parish leadership and management programs.



Redemptorist Renewal Center

Tuscan, Arizona, USA

Based in the renown Sonoran Desert. Offers ‘Sabbatical Pathless Path Serenity’ retreats.


St Patrick’s Seminary and University

Menlo Park, California

Operates a centre for ongoing formation for priests.


The Institute for Spirituality and Worship

Berkley, USA

One or two semester courses entitled ‘New Directions Sabbatical Program’.
Contact: Rev Robert McChesney SJ

American College


In 2014 the unversity recommenced its sabbtical programs. Further information is obtainable via the website.



New Zealand

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

East Asian Pastoral Institute

Quezon City, Philippines

Three and six month sabbaticals. Courses in pastoral leadership and management