The Center for Pastoral Educationadministers an integrative and interdisciplinary Graduate Internship Program. It responds to the growing need to serve the Church by educating the people of God and training leaders through rigorous theological and ministerial education.
The program offers a community of support, education, and engagement in pastoral ministry and theological knowledge with an emphasis on the union of the mind and heart. As Augustine put it, theological knowing is “understanding what we believe,” that is, as a critical, systematic reflection on the life of faith.
Our Campus Ministry Graduate Internship Program is distinctive in that it formulates and advances ministry within the Augustinian tradition, and does so in unique ways of structuring education within the context of Campus Ministry. It:
- is inclusive of all dimensions of faith, worship, and human experience, that is, of theory and praxis, or learning and service;
- places ministry in dialogue with theology and counseling and theology in dialogue with ministry and counseling;
- reflects on Christian faith and practice and develops new possibilities for Christian experience; and
- emphasizes the ministerial contextualization of “faith seeking understanding.”
Enriching Christian service and enhancing discipleship, the program advances a distinctive, Villanova way of "doing theology" on campus.