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The mission of the Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® is to identify, educate, develop, and train Catholic women to be active leaders and mentors of the day in accord with their state in life. By infusing family life, communities, institutions, organizations and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teaching, the leaders trained by this Institute will do much to infuse a Culture of Life into contemporary society and will “aid humanity in not falling.”

"How rare it is to find a valiant woman! It is perhaps necessarily so, since Scripture says that they are more precious than pearls and diamonds. Let us however work to train a few." -St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779 -1865)

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Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® Past Participant,
Orchard Lake Michigan

Perhaps you have had a moment in your life where you knew that your life would never be the same.  That was my experience when I completed the first course in Catholic Women’s Leadership.  At the time that I registered for the course, I absolutely had no idea why I was enrolling it in or how I would utilize it in my future.  All I knew for sure was that I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to register for this course.  Using Mary, our mother, as my role model, I said ‘yes’.    

What I said ‘yes’ to was a profound experience that transformed my entire womanhood!  What God has entrusted to me as being a female is such an awesome responsibility; I trust that I will learn how to better accomplish this by this program.  Dr. Monica Miller was so passionate and knowledgeable, it was contagious, and I knew that I would never be the same again.  I truly felt the presence of God everywhere on campus.  It was inspiring and nurturing to be surrounded by all these amazing men and women who were so filled with God’s love. Though I do not know where I am being lead, I do know that now is the time, and I just can’t wait to be back on campus again!”

carmenCarmen Schattner,
Student in the Catholic Women’s Leadership Program at the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®

 

The Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women and SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (SSCMS)

...have partnered to present a dynamic new offering for women interested in Catholic Women's Leadership. The first of its kind, this program provides women with the opportunity to acquire a certification or graduate credit hours in Catholic Women’s Leadership. Graduate credit hours can then be applied toward a Master of Arts in Theology degree with a concentration in Catholic Women's Leadership. No matter which level of endeavor a woman desires, this program will help her attain her goal, and assist her to “help transform the world one woman at a time."

Lay women and women religious who fulfill requirements for admission may enroll in either of the following tracks:

Certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership

• Conducted through week-long intensives.

• Qualified instructors from seminaries and universities will be utilized for course instruction.

• Admission to the Certification Program (no baccalaureate degree required) will be at the discretion of SSCMS and Women of Grace®, based upon the submission of a proper application and proper references.

• Students enrolled will have access to the library and all theological learning resources of SSCMS.

Graduate Credit

• Conducted through week-long intensives, including graduate-level assessments.

• Qualified instructors from seminaries and universities will be utilized for course instruction.

• Admission to those interested in receiving graduate credit (baccalaureate degree required) will be at the approval of the Admissions Committee of SSCMS, based upon the submission of a proper application.

• Students enrolled will have access to the library and all theological learning resources of SSCMS.

• Credits earned can be transferred into the regular, 36-credit MA (theology) program at SSCMS and to any other graduate institution accepting the Seminary’s credits.

• If all twelve credits are successfully completed, they can be used to fulfill the area of concentration requirement for the SSCMS MA (theology) program (regular program application fee and course credit fees apply upon admission to full MA [theology] program).

• If the full MA (theology) degree is then completed, the student will graduate with an MA (theology) with a concentration in Catholic Women’s Leadership.

Courses

Course Schedule: June 19 – 23, 2017

Course Title: Toward A Catholic Understanding of Woman
(2 credits)
 (This is a prerequisite course before any other course can be taken). **Online Course Not Available.

millerCourse Instructor: Monica M. Miller, Ph.D.

Course Description: An exploration of the anthropology of the female person in light of her innate authority demonstrated through her influence, power, and effect as portrayed in Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the dynamic of covenant.

Course Title: Learning from the Past: Words and Wisdom of Holy Women through the Ages (2 credits)
**Online Course Available.

dr genigCourse Instructor: Father Deacon Joshua Genig, Ph.D.

Course Description: This course will explore the words and wisdom of some of the holy women down through the ages, both before the time of Christ and after. Yes, we will look at some of the more famous saints and holy women, but also those of whom we are less aware. The goal will be to see in them, their stories, and the ways in which they lived as leaders in their own day and their own way a place for our own story of faith as, through their holy prayers, we seek to grow in Christ and be formed into the active leaders He wishes us to be.

Course Schedule: June 26 – 30, 2017

Course Title: Catholic Social Doctrine and Today’s Catholic Woman Leader (2 credits) **Online Course Not Available.

fr mitchCourse Instructor: Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

Course Description: This course will investigate the underlying principles of Catholic Social Teaching, their basis in Scripture and Tradition in concert with the Natural Law. A particular emphasis will be given to Rerum Novarum and Centesimus Annus. The course will also explore Catholic Social Teaching in light of 21st Century social challenges and ideologies, and their impact on today’s Catholic woman leader.

Course Pricing

Room Option
(One Week Intensive)

Certification Option
( Room, 3 Meals M-F)

Graduate Credit Option
(Room, 3 Meals M-F)

Private Room

$1675

$1975 (2 Credit Hours. Less $300 for 1 Credit Hour)

Shared Room (2 per)

$1550

$1850 (2 Credit Hours. Less $300 for 1 Credit Hour)

Private Suite

$1925

$2225 (2 Credit Hours. Less $300 for 1 Credit Hour)

Commuter Rates w/ meals $1425 $1725 (2 Credit Hours. Less $300 for 1 Credit Hour)
Commuter Rates w/o meals $1290 $1590 (2 Credit Hours. Less $300 for 1 Credit Hour)
Online Course $1190 $1490 (2 Credit Hours. Less $300 for 1 Credit Hour)

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-> Certificate Option
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-> Certificate Option
-> Graduate Credit Option

or contact Adora Ibrahim at:
aibrahim@womenofgrace.com
1-800-558-5452 ext. 2121

scmslogoThe mission of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary is to bring men, from Poland, to study and become ordained for the priesthood, here, in the US as well as offer advanced degree programs for lay people. SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary prepares men and women for ministries in the Church by providing resources for their theological, spiritual and ministerial formation.

The Seminary is honored and excited by this unique partnership with the Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women. More specifically, the Seminary is humbled by the task entrusted to us, as we seek to help academically in the formation of faithful daughters of Christ’s holy Church. Please consider joining us!

joshDr. Joshua D. Genig
Director of Lay Ministry (MA Programs)
Associate Professor of Church History

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adoraAdora Ibrahim resides in the Metro Detroit area with her husband of 19 years and their three children.  She is an entrepreneur and founder of Lighthouse Real Estate Group and is actively involved in the life of the Church, community, and non profits that are close to her heart including St. Catherine of Siena Academy, where she has served as Director of Admissions and Director of Public Relations. 

She is Mission Advancement Coordinator for the Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute® located at SS. Cyril and Methodius seminary and is also enrolled as a student in the M.A. in Theology program therein. She is humbled to be a part of this great mission “for such a time as this” and looks forward to walking on this journey of faith with you, her sisters in Christ.  

Adora Ibrahim
Mission Advancement Coordinator
Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®
aibrahim@womenofgrace.com