Monthly Reflection

Reflections on Prayer
Part 2

Anyone who has ever really tried to pray reflectively knows about distractions and how frustrating they can be.  I'm talking about those pesky thoughts that come barreling into our minds when we try to become still and quiet for any length of time.  For me, they usually show up about one and a half minutes into my time with God.  >Read More


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Academic Formation

The academic program provides structured opportunities to develop a comprehensive and discriminating understanding of the Roman Catholic religious heritage. Its primary goal is to enable seminarians to develop and demonstrate:

  • a sound understanding and mature acceptance of the teachings of the Church;
  • the intellectual ability to engage in theological study at a graduate educational level, and a healthy respect for legitimate theological pluralism in a contemporary context;
  • a sincere appreciation for the ecumenical and interfaith dimensions of the Catholic faith and teachings, as well as the interdenominational and interdisciplinary dimensions of Catholic theology;
  • the ability to relate the theology and teaching of the Church to others in a pastorally sensitive and effective manner.

The theological formation of candidates for the ministerial priesthood is based on faith, animated by the Holy Spirit, guided by the Word of God, and faithful to the tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. In a significant way, intellectual formation for priesthood means a theological education in which a thorough and comprehensive grounding in the Catholic faith is conveyed. While priesthood is a response to the call from God to live as an ordained minister in the community, it is also a profession that demands appropriate academic preparation. St. Vincent de Paul is a graduate institution.

The State of Florida, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Theological Schools empower St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary to grant the professional degree, the Master of Divinity, and the academic degree, the Master of Arts in Theology.



The commitment to study, which takes up no small part of the time of those preparing for the priesthood, is not an external and secondary dimension of their human, spiritual, and vocational growth. The goal of intellectual formation is the conversion of mind and heart, which is the only sure foundation for a lifetime of teaching and preaching.

The academic dimension of the formation program for ordination consists of the following:

1. The Ordination Program requirements. This plan of studies includes 106 core credit hours; four electives (generally, eight credit hours); and eleven seminars. The courses cover the five fields of theological studies of Scripture (19 credit hours), Systematic Theology (31 credit hours), Moral Theology (18 credit hours), Church History (12 credit hours), and Pastoral Theology (26 credit hours and 11 non-credited seminars and language requirements to assure competencies in English and Spanish). Four electives complete this plan of studies.

2. The Master of Divinity requirements. The M. Div. Degree program is a graduate plan of studies of 90 credit hours included in the ordination program requirements. This program covers the five fields of theological studies of Scripture (17 credit hours), Systematic Theology (27 credit hours), Moral Theology (15 credit hours), Church History (12 credit hours), and Pastoral Theology (19 credit hours). Seminarians complete the academic requirements of the M.Div. Program at the end of IV Theology.

Qualified candidates admitted into the formation program are enrolled in the M.Div. plan of studies. Transfer candidates from other seminaries may enter the M.Div. degree program if they had been in the M.Div. or an equivalent program at the seminary from which they transferred.

To qualify for this degree, transfer candidates must enroll for a minimum of four full semesters of academic work and a Pastoral Year at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. (For full details of the M.Div. Degree academic requirements, transfer credits, etc., cf. the section on General Academic Information).


 

Statement on Educational Effectiveness

2012 Graduate Programs

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Percentage of 2012 alumni working in full-time ministerial positions          100% 

Master of Arts in Theology
Percentage of 2012 Alumni working in related ministerial positions            50%
Percentage of 2012 Alumni working in full-time non-related positions        25%
Percentage of 2012 Alumni going on for further advanced studies            25%

2011 Graduate Programs

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Percentage of 2011 alumni working in full-time ministerial positions          100%

Master of Arts in Theology
Percentage of 2011 Alumni working in related ministerial positions           100% 


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