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The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a first professional degree.  It is designed to foster basic theological understanding and develop initial pastoral competence in students preparing for priestly ministry.  The curriculum, in providing the intellectual foundation of an integral and initial formation program, involves an in-depth study of the Catholic theological tradition and a supervised practice of ministry.

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MDiv Program Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the program, students will be able to:
 

  1. Explain the Catholic Faith as revealed in Sacred Scripture and Tradition and historically developed by the Magisterium;
  2. Apply prudently the principles of faith and morals to the lived experiences of the Christian faithful;
  3. Preach the Word of God faithfully and effectively;
  4. Apply the relevant principles and norms in the reverent celebration of the liturgy and the sacraments;
  5. Demonstrate the qualities of spiritual fatherhood in pastoral ministry; and
  6. Practice responsible and collaborative leadership in parish administration. 

With STPSU’s comprehensive and integrative theological curriculum, seminarians come to embody the Church’s rich intellectual heritage so that they can communicate it faithfully and convincingly to others. Field experiences integrated with the curriculum along with coursework equip the seminarians with the administrative and ministerial skills for parish leadership through coursework and field experiences. Courses in Homiletics and preaching opportunities for our transitional deacons help form engaging preachers. Our Liturgical Theology course sequence, community liturgies, and Practicum courses expose our seminarians to the beauty of the Liturgy so that they can celebrate the Sacraments reverently.

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St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park CA 94025 
(650) 325-5621