Ordination & Master of Divinity Credential Program

Ordination to the priesthood and the Master of Divinity Degree are recognized normative credentials to prepare seminarians for the priestly life and for pastoral and religious leadership in parishes and other settings. Since the programs of Kenrick School of Theology that prepare for these credentials both have this same purpose, they are articulated jointly in what follows. The Ordination Program, which is the more extensive of the two, is constituted by basic and advanced components; its basic components in turn constitute the Master of Divinity Degree Program. The advanced components of the Ordination Program are applicable to the Master of Arts Degree Program, described separately.

Goals of the Ordination & Master of Divinity Credential Programs

At Kenrick School of Theology, preparation for priesthood takes place in the Ordination and M.Div. Credential Programs, which are jointly articulated in four interrelated dimensions (see Formation Program): human formation, spiritual formation, intellectual formation, and pastoral formation. Each of these programs is designed to afford candidates guidance, challenge, encouragement, and support.

Location and Duration of the Program

Because of the importance of the formation community—a comprehensive community of faith and learning—and in compliance with the requirements of the Program of Priestly Formation (n.191), Kenrick School of Theology requires at least four years of full-time residency at the campus of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for completion of the Ordination Program. Although the requirements of the Master of Divinity Degree Program are less extensive than those of the Ordination Program, they are spread over the four-year duration of the Ordination Program; for this reason, Kenrick requires the same four years of residency at the Kenrick-Glennon campus for completion of the Master of Divinity Program.

Distinctive Resources for the Programs

Kenrick School of Theology affords to students enrolled in the Ordination and Master of Divinity Credential Programs the General Institutional Resources. In addition to these, Kenrick also affords its students a community life that provides informal educational experiences, a sustaining religious fellowship, and an adequate opportunity for reflection on faith in relation to education for ministry.

Faculty and community resources at the seminary specifically support the goals of general education for priestly ministerial leadership. Faculty relate the insights of their disciplines to the practice of priestly ministry, and are attentive to students’ spiritual development and professional growth. Faculty appointments include persons who are currently engaged in parish or specialized ministerial leadership, in the case of full-time faculty on at least a limited part-time basis, and in the case of adjunct faculty on a full-time basis.

Kenrick also maintains a vital relationship with the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, and with other dioceses, religious communities, and professional support systems. Above all, through its Pastoral Formation Program, it ensures that students have meaningful ministry contexts in which to work as well as professional networks on which to call in later placements.

Kenrick maintains an open and mutually enriching relationship with other theological schools, universities, and professional schools, and social agencies wherever such a relationship contributes to the accomplishment of the seminary’s goals.