Level 2 - Student Curriculum


CLM EDUCATION PROGRAM LEVEL 2   (Healing & Listening to Spirit) (2024)


Padre Paul Funfsinn,  Archbishop, CLM

Rev. Susan Wallace, Education Director

Bishop Renee Plendl, Education Program Advisor

Rev Pat Hansen, Education Assistant

Brother Craig Rippens, Education Assistant

Rev. Dana Duryea, Bishop, CLM

Rev. Robert Bearden,  Bishop, CLM


Technical Support on our Monthly Zoom Calls 

Rev. Miriam Karell

Monk Maya Paul


                                                         SYLLABUS-LEVEL 2 

                                               PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SYLLABUS

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

Required Book (7)

“Holy Spirit – The Boundless Energy of God” (Suggested template for prayer group) Ron Roth

“Holy Spirit for Healing – Merging Ancient Wisdom with Modern Medicine” Ron Roth

“My Life with the Saints” James Martin

“The Second Coming of Christ” Volume 1, Yogananda  OR The Old Testament

"Maryam of Bethlehem, The Little Arab, Sister Emmanuel Maillard

"Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools, Tyler Staton

A serious study of another form of sacred literature: Baghavad Gita, Koran, Course in Miracles, Way of Mastery, Spiritist doctrine, Sufism, Awakening of the Heart (Thich Nhat Hanh), Old or New Testament


Elective Books (Choose 5)

"Padre Pio, A Personal Portrait", Francesco Napolitano 

“Nossa Lar: A Spiritual Home” Chico Xavier

“The Messengers” Chico Xavier

“Workers of the Life Eternal” Chico Xavier

“Missionaries of the Light” Chico Xavier

“The Dance of the Dissident  Daughter” Sue Monk Kidd

“Making All Things New” Henri Nouwen

“They Walked with Jesus” Dolores Cannon

“The Essenes, Children of the Light” Stuart Wilson and Joanna Prentis

“The Rosary”, Immaculee Ilabagiza

“The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything”, James Martin (St. Ignatius to the Rescue!)

“The Untethered Soul” Michael Singer

“The Ear of the Heart” Mother Delores Hart

“Our Lady of Kibeho”, Immaculee Ilibagiza

“Animal Wisdom, The Spiritual Life of Animals”, Linda Bender DVM

“Daring Greatly” Brene Brown

“The 12 Steps of Forgiveness” Paul Ferrini

“Paramhansa Yogananda” Swami Kriyananda       

“Portrait of the Master”, James Twyman   

“Falling into Grace”  Adyashanti 

 “This Life is Joy” Roger Teel 

 "Whispers, how to hear the Voice of God", Mark Batterson 

 “The Book of Joy", Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu 

 “Things Hidden",  Richard Rohr 

 “Teresa of Avila, The Book of My Life", Translated by Mirabai Starr 

 “Come Be My Light, Mother Teresa 

 "Invitation to Love: Christian Contemplation", Thomas Keating (NEW)

"What Do Mystics Know?", Richard Rohr 

"The Inner Voice of Love", Henri Nouwen 

"Giovanni and. the Camino of St. Francis", James Twyman 

"Mary Magdalene Revealed", Meggan Watterson (New)


CDs (Required) (6)

“Living the Spirit Directed Life,” Ron Roth

“Reclaiming Your Spiritual Power”  Ron Roth

“Invoking the Sacred: For Healing, Guidance & Abundance” Ron Roth

“The Lord's Prayer and the Magnificat” Dale Allen Hoffman

“The Hidden Gospel” Neil Douglas-Klotz

“I AM” Neil Douglas-Klotz


Meditations/Devotionals:  (Choose 1)

Psalms for Praying, Nan C. Merrill (if you did not choose this in Level 2)

“The Chaplet of Divine Mercy” (in song) Trish Short

“Daily Meditation for Practicing the Course” (Course in Miracles) Karen Casey

“Moments of Peace in the Presence of God”, Bethany House (Psalms)

“Yogananda's Spiritual Diary", Yogananda

“Padre Pio's Devotion for Every Day" Gianluigi Pasquale 

"Jesus Always", Sarah Young 

"The Last Words of Jesus", Daniel P. Horan 

"You Shall Not Want", The Psalms, Richard Chilson, John Kirvan

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


Movies/Dvd’s (Choose 6 )

“Healing” miracles, mysteries, and John of God, David Films

“God is the Bigger Elvis”, Mother Dolores Hart

“Awake, the Life of Yogananda"

“The Letters" Mother Teresa

"The Healing Power of Devotion to God", Ron Roth 

"The Custodian", on Amazon 

"Amerikatsi" on Amazon


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


Monthly - (Prayer Partners)

Upon entering Level 2, Bishop Renee Plendl will assign you a prayer partner from the CLM Monk and Ordained Community. The prayer partners meet for a 30-45 minute call each month to pray together for themselves, one another, and the world. Your Prayer Partner will help you develop skills in praying and listening to the whispers of heaven. "Whenever two or more are gathered in His Name, there is Love."  

When you are assigned to your prayer partner, you will be given an outline for a paper to be submitted twice a year, detailing your work with your partner and your developing prayer life. Send these papers to Bishop Renee, Rev Pat Hansen, Padre Paul, Rev. Susan, Bishop Bobee, and Bishop Dana.  

Sacred Pilgrimage

A student may receive an inner calling to journey to a sacred site such as Lourdes, Fatima, Ekam, The Camino, or to join a structured or unstructured retreat at a center in the US. If you are guided to make a pilgrimage part of your spiritual growth experience, you may receive credit for the experience. Requirements are: 

1. Prior approval of the Education Director. Email Rev. Susan with a description of your intended journey and what you are seeking through the experience.

2. Upon completion, write a 1-2 page paper on your process, what you learned, how you grew, graces you received. 

3. This will be considered as one elective book, movie or CD on your syllabus. 

 Pilgrimage is praying with your body, with your feet. It is an exterior prayer that calls you into the interior prayer. Richard Rohr


Required Activities:

1.  Listen to 6 teleconferences led by CLM Monks and Ordained or Zoom calls led by Padre Paul with guests. Students must document which teleconferences they listened to and submit this on the required syllabus, at the end of the year, for credit. The student must sign-up for these Teleconferences in order to receive the recordings to listen to later if they could not be on the call.

2.  Participate in each monthly student zoom call, discussing the book chosen for this year. Please connect using the zoom link with your camera on, so we can see one another. If you are unable to be on the zoom call due to work or other responsibilities, watch the recording of the call that you will receive via email, and send an email in advance to Rev. Susan, Padre Paul, and Rev Pat Hansen, including a paragraph on your perspective on the chapter. Students must document which attended and submit this on the required syllabus at the end of the year for credit. 

3. Read, listen to, and watch the required books, CDs, and movies.

4. Write a 1-2 page reflection paper on each of the required and elective books, CD's and DVD's, describing how they have enhanced your relationship with Spirit. NOTE: When emailing your papers, please write in the subject line: Name of Book or Recording/Author/Your Name. For example, The Healing Path of Prayer by Ron Roth/Katharine Baugh. Email papers to your Spiritual Companion, Padre Paul, pfunfsinn@yahoo.com, Rev. Susan Wallace, susan@susanwallace.com, Bishop Renee Plendl, reneeplendl@gmail.com, Rev Pat Hansen, hanspat1111@gmail.com, Bishop Bob Bearden, bobbearden@hotmail.com, Bishop Dana Duryea, danaduryea1@gmail.com and to your "Assigned Spiritual Companion".


In 2024, each student will submit a minimum of 3 papers, due on or before March 15, June 15 and October 15. If you have circumstances that make it difficult to meet those dates, contact Rev. Susan beforehand.  Please note,  this is the minimum you are required to submit. You do not need to wait for these dates. You are welcome to send papers more regularly, up to a maximum of 2 per month.

5. Perform 25 hours of Community Service. 

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

  B.)    Starting at Level 2, you may perform 15 of your 25 hours at CLM events. At least 10 hours of service will be for a group or organization in your community that furthers Loving Kindness, and Holy Spirit in action.

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

  D.)    Credit will be given for how many hours the student actually worked, excluding transportation and preparation.

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

6. Check in each year on a phone call with the Education Director. Please respond to Rev. Susan's request for a phone call when you receive it.

7. At the end of each year, you will receive a request from the Education Director to submit a syllabus, indicating the work you have completed during the year. Please respond to the request and submit your syllabus when asked. If you track the work you submit during the year on a printed syllabus, it is a very easy thing to report and send in. 


Final Paper:

Upon COMPLETION OF ALL the requirements and electives, and with the permission of the Education Director and Spiritual Shepherd, write an 8-10-page paper that reflects your spiritual progress. As a suggestion only, some of the questions you might consider in your paper are:

1.)     How has prayer affected your life?

2.)     Describe personal healing that reflects your transformation in Level 2.

3.)     How do you listen to spirit in your daily life? 

4.)     What is the most satisfying element of level 2 that touched your heart?

5.)     How do you respond to the Holy Spirit?

Email papers:

Rev. Susan Wallace,  Educational Director, susan@susanwallace.com

Padre Paul Funfsinn: pfunfsinn@yahoo.com

Bishop Renee Plendl:  reneeplendl@gmail.com

Rev Pat Hansen, hanspat1111@gmail.com,

Bishop Robert Bearden, rbrtbearden58@gmail.com

Bishop Dana Duryea, danaduryea1@gmail.com
and also to Your Spiritual Companion


 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, CDs, 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.

 © CLM 2024  

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