Programs

Diploma in Ministry

The Diploma in Ministry is a specialized program for incardinating clerics with previous theological experience. Each course is tailored to the cleric’s background to prevent duplication as well as provide a broad overview of the spirituality of the Society. Essential courses include:

  • Spirituality of the Priestly Society of Mercy (1 credit): A reflection course on the spirituality of the Society.
  • Introduction to Theology (3 credits): A study of the beliefs of the Society and the sacraments.

The cleric will also complete a child abuse prevention and awareness seminar as well as a practicum on the celebration of the Sacraments.

Licentiate in Theology

The Licentiate in Theology is the standard course for those seeking ordination. It provides a broad-based background for ministry. Included in the program is a required practicum on celebrating the sacraments that is not for academic credit.

  • Spirituality of the Priestly Society of Mercy (1 credit): A reflection course on the spirituality of the Society.
  • Professional Responsibility (3 credits): Required introduction to professional ethics for individuals in pastoral ministry. Included is forming healthy pastoral relationships.
  • Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits): An introduction to basic concepts of philosophy with special emphasis on classical philosophy.
  • Introduction to Theology (3 credits): A study of the beliefs of the Society and the sacraments.
  • Scripture (6 credits): A study of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Church History (6 credits): A study of church history from the early church to the present.
  • Basic Preaching (3 credits): A study of the biblical exegesis needed for preaching, sermon styles, and conveying an effective witness.
  • Pastoral Care (3 credits): A study of pastoral care including basic counseling and institutional chaplaincy.

Scholar of Theology

The Scholar of Theology program is headed by a specialized Regent who is tasked with providing advanced theological study to members of the Society. The course is comprised of 2 electives, 1 course in research methods, and a dissertation of between 15,000 and 30,000 words.