Benedicta Institute for Women®

Bringing Jesus Christ to the world and the world to Jesus Christ

Become a leader
for the Lord!

The mission of the Women of Grace® Benedicta Institute for Women® is to educate, develop, and train Catholic women to be leaders and mentors of the day by way of the Feminine Genius and their gift of spiritual maternity.

Why Certification?

The purpose of Certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership through the Benedicta Institute for Women® is found in the Institute’s motto, agere sequitur esse (doing follows being). The woman who receives the Certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership will be formed and shaped according to the heart and mind of Holy Mother Church in the fullness of the Feminine Genius, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the spiritual and leadership formation provided, she will be imbued with the Marian character, confidence, and skill to bring Jesus Christ to the world and the world to Jesus Christ, no matter her position or state in life. In so doing, she will do much to “aid humanity in not falling” and to create a civilization of love.

How does it work?

The Certification Program is a 2-3 year program (24 equivalency credits) that focuses on four thematic components.

God and the Human Person

6 equivalency credits

Carmelite Spirituality

3 equivalency credits


3 equivalency credits

Works With Your Schedule

Hybrid model offers Immersives, Electives, and Enrichment Seminars in-person and online so that you can weave this program into your schedule.

World Renowned Instructors

Courses are led by world renowned Catholic Instructors through in-person and online formats.

Week-Long Immersives

Week-Long Immersive Courses are required in all four themes. Each participant must attend a minimum of two, in-person, Week-Long Immersives.


Assessments are based on presence, participation, small and large group formation, and discussion boards available through the Canvas platform.

Meet Your Instructors

Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD​


Monica Miller, PhD


Johnnette Benkovic Williams

Program Founder

Bishop William John Waltersheid

Spiritual Advisor

We study in the example of
St. Edith Stein

Named after St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (St. Edith Stein), the Benedicta Institute inspires and equips women to recognize the fullness of their femininity and to heal the world through courageous spiritual maternity. The vocation of women is ennobled by studying and putting into practice virtuous leadership within the contexts of home, work, and church.


Ready to begin?

Christ equips the called!

“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

Experience profound transformation

"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!”
-Carmen Schattner
“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’.
-Benedicta Graduate

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