The Sacred Art Institute, 

Enders Island, Mystic, Connecticut


Pontifex University


Earn credit for art workshops offered by 

The Sacred Art Institute, Enders Island (

for the Studio Requirement of 

Pontifex University’s Master of Sacred Arts


Enders Island is an 11-acre island off the coast of Mason's Island in Mystic, Connecticut. The grounds of Enders Island include a 360° ocean view, beautiful walking gardens, a Seaside Chapel, an outdoor Stations of the Cross, and iconic facilities including the Enders House, an early 20th century arts and crafts style mansion, and the Catholic Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption, which houses the incorrupt arm of St. Edmund of Canterbury (1175–1240). 


The Sacred Art Institute offers evening, afternoon, and week-long residency workshops in Iconography, Illumination, Calligraphy, Stained Glass, and Sacred Music among others. All Sacred Art Workshops feature highly skilled instructors 


All courses and retreats at Enders Island are recommended by Pontifex University for personal enrichment. The following courses are recognized for credit for the studio requirement for the Master's of Sacred Arts:


  • Iconography
  • Traditional Painted Glass
  • Sacred Watercolor Workshop
  • Sacred Oil Painting Workshop
  • Medieval Manuscript Painting
  • Mosaics
  • Gregorian Chant


Students should register for workshops at Enders Island through their website, Upon completion of the workshop, students then register for studio credits on the Pontifex University website. They will submit photographs of the work done along with a written statement from the student, signed and endorsed by the instructor, attesting to the fact that this is their work and confirming the number of hours spent.


Students pay a fee of $150 per credit to Pontifex University. This does not affect the existing course fees, paid directly to The Sacred Art Institute, Enders Island for attendance at their workshops and classes. The fee for attendance at such classes is set by The Sacred Art Institute at Enders Island independent of Pontifex University. Students become eligible to register to pay for credit upon completion of the class to the satisfaction of the Sacred Art Institute, Enders Island. 


Typically, one five-day or two three-day workshops will earn one credit towards the studio requirement for the MSA. You may need to complete project work outside the class as set by the teacher in order to fulfill the credit requirement. For each credit, there should be a total of 45 hours studio work, of which a minimum of 22.5 hours should be done on the Island. The remainder can be home study.