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In today's culture the call to serve God often comes late in life. Many men with a sense of vocation are married, have families, and work full time. To make it possible for them to attend seminary, the college offers three tracks: the Permanent Deaconate, the Regular Deaconate and the Priesthood.

All three tracks require a minimum prerequisite of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or transcripts from an accredited college confirming that the following courses have been completed: two semesters of Freshman English, one semester of Psychology, one semester of Speech and three semesters of World History, Western Civilization, Ancient History or Medieval History. These courses in lieu of a degree may be taken concurrently, and substitutions are at the discretion of the Provost.

The College believes that a sound theological education must be built upon the following three pillars:

  1. academic preparation based upon a thorough knowledge of Holy Scripture, the apostolic Creeds and Sacraments, liturgical heritage, and Church history and theology;
  2. worship in the Seminary chapel (when practicable), where the Postulant deepens his faith through encountering the infinite mystery of Our Lord Jesus Christ in meditation, the Daily Offices, and the Holy Eucharist;
  3. internship (under a mentoring priest) in a parochial ministry or chaplaincy, where the Postulant prepares to minister to the faithful and to evangelize for the Faith.

Seminary courses listed in the three tracks below are available online, at the Seminary Summer Session in July and through certified mentoring clergy. These tracks are designed to supplement postulancy interviews with Diocesan Standing Committees and successful completion of exams administered by the Diocesan Boards of Examining Chaplains.

Permanent Deaconate Regular Deaconate Priesthood
Old Testament I, II, III, IV Old Testament I, II, III, IV Old Testament I, II, III, IV
New Testament I, II, III, IV New Testament I, II, III, IV New Testament I, II, III, IV
Dogmatic Theology I, II Dogmatic Theology I, II Dogmatic Theology I, II
Church History I or II Church History I, II Church History I, II
Moral Theology Moral Theology Moral Theology
Practical Liturgics Practical Liturgics Practical Liturgics
Spiritual Formation I Spiritual Formation I Spiritual Formation I, II
Homiletics* Homiletics* Homiletics
Historical Liturgics* Historical Liturgics* Historical Liturgics
Pastoral Theology* Pastoral Theology* Pastoral Theology
Canon Law* Canon Law* Canon Law
Patristics I* Patristics I* Patristics I
Apocrypha* Apocrypha* Apocrypha
Ecclesiology* Ecclesiology* Ecclesiology
Biblical Greek I, II* Biblical Greek I, II* Biblical Greek I, II*
Ecclesiastical Latin I, II* Ecclesiastical Latin I, II* Ecclesiastical Latin I, II*
Church Music I, II* Church Music I, II* Church Music I, II*

For course descriptions, click here.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are electives; courses unmarked are required for that specific track.

In addition to the required coursework, candidates for the Permanent Deaconate should pass at least three electives.

In addition to the required coursework, candidates for the Regular Deaconate must pass at least six electives.

Nota Bene: Candidates for both the Perpetual Deaconate and the Regular Deaconate must pass Homiletics to receive a license to preach.

Candidates for the Priesthood have no electives to pass for ordination but in order to be eligible for an STB degree, priests or candidates for the Priesthood must pass both courses in two of the following three areas (four courses in all): Biblical Greek, Ecclesiastical Latin or Church Music.

The Rt. Rev. Donald Ashman, Provost
St. Joseph of Arimathea Theological Seminary
bishopashman@gmail.com

Please contact us for Admission requirements and scholarships.
*Please note that the Summer Residential Program is restricted to men due to our limited residential facilities.