The program offers support, education, and engagement in lay pastoral ministry. It introduces students to theological and ministerial knowledge and practice in the Augustinian tradition, which emphasizes the union of the mind and heart.
Theological and ministerial knowledge in the Augustinian tradition.
Explain theological arguments and their significance for lay ministry.
Describe biblical, historical, ecclesial, and theological perspectives on Christian ministry (with a primary but not exclusive focus on the Roman Catholic tradition).
Evaluate the resources of the Christian ecclesiological and ministerial traditions in light of the questions raised by contemporary culture and the continuing challenges of human life.
Examine academic practices of inquiry and discovery for professional ecclesial lay ministry.
Spiritual growth and development.
Discriminate Augustine’s call to the restless search for wisdom by actualizing relationships with God, the world, and its people.
Engage one’s mind and deepen one’s Christian life by integrating the speculative (mind) and practical (heart) in one’s theological and ministerial studies and practices.
Deliberate and form judgments about the implications of Christian moral principles for building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.
Effectiveness in pastoral ministry and leadership.
Evaluate pastoral practices that clarify the gospel for contemporary culture and promote the care of persons in the Church.
Apply systematic theological reflection on ministerial practice and experience to systematic and critical reflection on one’s pastoral presence, skills, and gifts in ministerial service.
Analyze the Church’s teachings on the universal call to holiness, including the concept of baptismal vocation, and discern their pastoral application and relationship to the role of ministers as leaders in faith communities.
Assume positions as productive, ethical, intellectual, and socially responsible citizens, leaders, teachers, and ministers.