– Spiritual Direction and Faith sharing: All MtM participants choose a Spiritual Director or Soul Friend who seeks to be a personal, spiritual companion, facilitating the integration of new insights, personal spiritual growth and development. Weekly Faith Sharing in small groups enables participants to glean new self-knowledge by sharing personal experiences, faith challenges and opportunities.
– Mini courses and conferences focus both on general theological updating and specific topics of contemporary spirituality and psychology related to personal well-being. This is accomplished via the talents and skills of the Oblate School of Theology faculty and the expertise of outstanding lecturers, theologians, and spiritual directors from the region and the nation.
– Academic and enrichment courses offered by the Oblate School of Theology are open at no additional cost to MtM participants. Reading and reflection are encouraged, but there is no written homework!
– Physical well being: All have the opportunity to participate in an individualized wellness program. A wellness consultant suggests an individual program to meet personal needs. At St. Mary’s University Athletic Center MtM participants are offered a wide array of exercises such as water aerobics, yoga, rock climbing and the use of specialized exercise machines.
– Personal Counseling: Although Personal Counseling is not included in the cost of the MtM program, some Sabbatical participants discover the need for the services of a licensed counselor during the program. MtM provides the names of competent and respected counselors to respond to this need.
– Sharing of community life, faith and life experiences is essential to the MtM program. Free time is built into the program, including most afternoons and evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays. All participants are expected to disengage from active ministry commitments to devote their time and energies to the sabbatical process.