Academic Program

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.

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

 

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Permanent Deaconate

Old Testament I, II, III, IV

New Testament I, II, III, IV

Dogmatic Theology I, II

Church History I or II

Moral Theology

Practical Liturgics

Spiritual Formation I

Homiletics*

Historical Liturgics*

Pastoral Theology*

Canon Law*

Patristics I*

Apocrypha*

Ecclesiology*

Biblical Greek I, II*

Ecclesiastical Latin I, II*

Church Music I, II*

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

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

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Regular Deaconate

Old Testament I, II, III, IV

New Testament I, II, III, IV

Dogmatic Theology I, II

Church History I, II

Moral Theology

Practical Liturgics

Spiritual Formation I

Homiletics*

Historical Liturgics*

Pastoral Theology*

Canon Law*

Patristics I*

Apocrypha*

Ecclesiology*

Biblical Greek I, II*

Ecclesiastical Latin I, II*

Church Music I, II*

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.

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Priesthood

Old Testament I, II, III, IV

New Testament I, II, III, IV

Dogmatic Theology I, II

Church History I, II

Moral Theology

Practical Liturgics

Spiritual Formation I, II

Homiletics

Historical Liturgics

Pastoral Theology

Canon Law

Patristics I

Apocrypha

Ecclesiology

Biblical Greek I, II*

Ecclesiastical Latin I, II*

Church Music I, II*