Level 1 - Student Curriculum



Prayer, Self Discovery/Cleansing   (2021+ 2022)

"You will not see anyone who is truly striving after his spiritual advancement who is not given to spiritual reading."
St. Athanasius of Alexandria

                                                                 SYLLABUS – LEVEL 1

Padre Paul Funfsinn:  Archbishop, CLM

Rev. Susan Wallace, Education Director

Monk Renee Plendl, Education Assistant

Rev. Dana Duryea, Bishop, CLM

Rev. Robert Bearden,  Bishop, CLM

Technical Support on our Monthly Zoom Calls 

Rev. Miriam Karell

Rev. Pat Hansen

Rev. Katharine Baugh

                                            PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SYLLABUS

Write a 1-page reflection paper on every book, cd, and movie that you read, listen to or watch.

Books:  (Required)

“The Healing Path of Prayer”, Ron Roth

“Prayer and the Five Stages of Healing”, Ron Roth

“The Art of Happiness”, Dalai Lama

“The Anatomy of the Spirit”, Caroline Myss (book or CDs)

“The Yoga of Jesus”, Self Realization Fellowship

“No Greater Love" by Mother Teresa

“The Power of Kindness" Piero Ferrucci 

"Padre Pio, A Personal Portrait", Francesco Napolitano (New)


Books (Choose 5)

“The Places that Scare You”, Pema Chodron

“Love Without End”, Glenda Green

“One Day My Soul Just Opened Up”, Iyanla Vanzant

“Life of the Beloved”, Henri Nouwen

“The Autobiography of a Yogi”, Yogananda

“The Power of the Subconscious Mind”, Joseph Murphy

“Journey of Souls”, Michael Newton

“Jesus and the Essenes”, Dolores Cannon

“Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer”, Gregg Braden

“The Novice”, Thich Nhat Hanh

“Shower of Heavenly Roses”, Elizabeth Ficocelli (Stories of the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux)

“A New Earth”, Eckhart Tolle

“Many Mansions” Gina Cerminara (The Edgar Cayce Story on Reincarnation)

“The Good Good Pig, The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood”, Sy Montgomery

“The Astonishing Power of Emotions”, Esther and Jerry Hicks

“The Incorruptibles”, Joan Cruz

“Power of Eight" Lynne McTaggart

"Open Mind, Open Heart", Thomas Keating 

"No Mud, No Lutus", Thich Nhat Hanh 

"Embraced by the Light", Betty Eadie 

"Angels at My Fingertips", Lora Byrne 

"Start Where You Are", Pema Chodrun 

"One Mind", Larry Dossey, MD (New)

" St Clare of Assisi" Light from the Cloister, Bert Thomas (New)


CD’s (Required)

“Healing Prayers”, Ron Roth

“Realization of the Christ Within”, Dale Allen Hoffman

“Divine Love”, Wayne Dyer


CD’S Meditations (Choose 2)

“Meditations to Develop a God Consciousness”, Ron Roth

“Living Beyond Limits in the Fourth Dimension”, Ron Roth

“Journey to the Crystal Cave”, Josie Ravenwing

“Sacred Verses and Divine Healing Decree”, Ron Roth

“The Divine Connection”, Ron Roth

"Jesus and Prayer, Keys to Releasing Divine Power", Ron Roth (NEW)


Devotionals (Choose 1)

“The Book of Awakenings”, Mark Nepo

“Enter the Quiet Heart”, Sri Daya Mata

"Jesus Calling", Sarah Young (NEW) It's in the upper levels, but now appears in Level 1

“Jesus Lives", Sarah Young 

"I Want to See Jesus in a New Light", Ron Roth 

Any devotional that appeals to you (approved by the Education Director)


Movies DVD’s (Required)

Peaceful Warrior, Scott Mechlowicz

Padre Pio, Ignatius Press (either movie, there are 2)

"The Letters", Mother Teresa 

"The Christmas Candle", Max Lucado

"The Perfect Wave", Scott Eastman

"Gospel Road", Johnny Cash (New)


Most of the books and audio are available at the CLM bookstore or on Amazon

"The harm that comes to souls from the lack of reading holy books makes me shudder . . .
What power spiritual reading has to lead to a change of course, and to make even worldly people enter into the way of perfection."
— St. Padre Pio


Sacred Pilgrimages with Celebrating Life Ministries

Medjugorje - March 21-28, 2022

 You may receive one elective credit by going on this pilgrimage with CLM and writing a 1-2 page paper on your experience. 


Activity Requirements:

1.) Listen to 6 teleconferences (Padre and a Special Guest). Students must document which teleconferences they listened to and submit this on the required syllabus at the end of the year for credit.

2.) Students are expected to participate in all of the monthly Zoom conferences, discussing the book chosen for the year. Please connect using the zoom link, with your camera on. We want to see one another! If you are not able to be on the call, because of work or another commitment, let us know ahead of time, and submit a paragraph with your comments on the chapter discussed to Padre Paul, Rev. Susan and Monk Renee each month. Students must document which attended and submit this on the required syllabus at the end of the year for credit. A student who misses 3 zoom calls in the year, without prior approval or without sending in their write-up, will be placed on pause. Please see "Students on Pause" in each section of the curriculum for a full description of what this entails.

3.) Read, listen to, and watch the required books, CD’s, and movies.

4.)  Write a 1-page reflection paper on EACH of the required books and elected cd’s, and movies. Consider being more succinct and cut out some less important comments so you can be clear with your personal reflections. NOTE: When emailing in these reports please address in the subject line the following: The Name of your Book/Cd and author and the list your name......Example: The Healing Path of Prayer by Ron Roth ~ Katharine Baugh.  Email papers to Padre Paul Funfsinn, Susan Wallace, Renee Plendl, Dana Duryea, Bobbe Bearden, and your "Assigned Spiritual Companion".

SPECIAL NOTE: There is a limit of 2 reports a month that can be submitted. . The purpose of these reports is to read and glean principles that you are applying to your life today. It is not a book report per se, but actually a Life Review on your emotional, psychological and spiritual growth each month. Life is a journey, not a race, so slow down and enjoy your moments of bliss and then write about them!

Beginning in 2022, Level 1 Students have the option to receive credit for participating in a regular prayer group for a minimum of two meetings/month for six months. This will take the place of one elective book, movie or CD, and will include writing a one-page paper describing your experience of the prayer group, how you grew spiritually from your participation, what you learned, what you offered to the group, and what you see as your next steps, based on this experience.

 This should be an established prayer group, one affiliated with a church, spiritual community, or organization. You may find a group in your area, or join one of the many groups that currently meet on Zoom or other platforms. For example, Contemplativeoutreach.org offers a wealth of Centering Prayer groups.

 To get approval for a group to be accepted for credit, submit in writing a description of the group, its purpose, who leads the meetings, how often meetings occur, what draws you there, what do you hope to gain from participating? Send this to Rev. Susan, cc Padre Paul and Monk Renee. 

 When your choice is approved, you may also be in touch with Monk Renee for help discerning if this group is a good match for your current path. You may do this before you attend a meeting or after one or two meetings. Our intention is that your prayer group be useful and well-matched for you. 

  We pray that this new elective enriches your experience of spiritual growth. If you have any questions, please email Rev. Susan Wallace.

5.)    CREDIT WILL ONLY be given to papers that were sent to our team and in our Google Files (when made available).

6.)    Students are expected to check in each year on a phone conversation with the Education Director. Please respond to the request for a phone conversation when you receive it.

7.)    Perform 25 hours of community service. 

Community Service:  25 Hours

1.)   The service should be purposeful and involve furthering an understanding of spirit or loving-kindness.

2.)   Service can be integrated into your program by volunteering at CLM retreats or any organization that fills your heart.

3.)   Verifications of your service must be in writing from the person or organization receiving the service (other than CLM) and have previously been approved by the Education Director.

4.)  Credit will be given for how many hours the student actually worked at the CLM event.

5.)   It is up to the student to keep track of their hours and record them in the annual syllabus review.

 Student on Pause:

A student in the CLM Education Program may be placed or requested to be on “Pause” by agreement with the Education Director and Spiritual Shephard. If this is something you are considering, please email Rev. Susan Wallace, susan@susanwallace.com, and we will find a mutually agreed time for a phone call. . Pause is a six-month break from active participation in the Education Program, to allow the student time for prayer and contemplation, to gain discernment on their spiritual direction, or to put family or work situations in order. At the conclusion of the Pause period, the student may consider whether continuing in the Education Program is aligned for them.

While on Pause, the student will have access, via the CLM website, to the rich list of books, CD’s, movies, and other resources, but will not be submitting papers on these activities or participating in the monthly student Zoom calls or annual student retreat, or accessing the CLM Students Google Group to send or receive messages. If the student has been assigned a Prayer Partner from the CLM MOFEB community, they are not required to continue their prayer sessions or to submit papers.

The student on Pause is a valued member of our community, whom we welcome at Retreats, Zoom calls, and Teleconferences that are listed on the CLM website. We continue to pray for you in this phase of your spiritual journey and welcome you to return to active participation in the Education Program at the conclusion of your Pause by submitting a written request to the Education Director and the Spiritual Shephard.

Final Paper:

Upon completion of all of the requirements listed above, and with the permission of the Education Director, write an 8-10 page paper that reflects your spiritual progress. Some of the questions to consider in your paper are: :

1.) What have you learned about yourself and how have you been transformed through the Level 1 experience and CLM?  How have you grown in your spiritual life?

2.) Share your experience with the Holy Spirit, prayer, and healing

Any questions, please email Rev Susan Wallace, Education Director, at susan@susanwallace.com

Email Papers:

Rev Susan Wallace: susan@susanwallace.com

Padre Paul Funfsinn:  pfunfsinn@yahoo.com

Monk Renee Plendl:  reneeplendl@gmail.com

Bishop Robert Bearden, bobbearden@hotmail.com

Bishop Dana Duryea, danaduryea1@gmail.com



  You must have permission from the Education Director to apply to Level 2. Before applying,  check the Level 2 Prerequisites. If you have fulfilled them, you may send a written request to Padre Paul and Rev. Susan. Once you have applied, Padre Paul will notify you that you are accepted and Monk Renee will direct you to pay your Level 2 tuition.   





Once you have completed Level 1 we ask that you check out our Level 2 Prerequisites if you desire to continue with the program. LEVEL 2 PRERQUISITES

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Co-founders Paul Funfsinn (L), Spiritual Leader and Director of Celebrating Life Ministries and the late Ron Roth (R), Spiritual Shepherd Emeritus.

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