Academics with a Pastoral Focus
We strive to be "a school for the Lord's service" (Rule of St.
Benedict, Prologue). Pastoral ministry, whatever form it might
take, is the ultimate proving ground of your formation: where you
translate learning into service. In light of this, almost all
courses at Saint Meinrad, across the theological disciplines,
invite you to reflect on how your studies and effective pastoral
practice inform each other.
Courses for Pastoral Practice
Aside from this general pastoral focus, we offer a variety of
coursesand other opportunities to fulfill the expectations for
pastoral formation, as outlined in Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord and
other standards for ministry formation. We have courses to help you
learn how to:
- provide formation for others;
- lead community prayer;
- manage change and conflict;
- develop basic counseling, communication and pastoral care
- appreciate the role, mission and dynamics of
Workshops, Retreats and Opportunities for Ministerial
A series of available workshops and retreats provides training
in general pastoral ministry skills, leadership, administration,
stewardship and ministerial ethics.
We facilitate workshops on vocational discernment as well as a
theological reflection group, which meets regularly throughout the
Regular lectures, discussion sessions and other activities with
seminarians and alumni help promote collaboration between ordained
and lay ministers in the Church.
Ministering in a Diverse Global Church
Students may learn more about a globally diverse Church through
language and culture courses and immersion programs, as well as
extracurricular activities celebrating the uniqueness of various
Supervised Ministry Opportunities
Pastoral theory is only as good as pastoral practice. If you
plan to go into professional ministry upon completing your degree,
we encourage a supervised pastoral ministry experience.
We have field supervisors in local parish, hospital, prison and
other ministry placements. Under the guidance of the pastoral
formation staff, you may undertake a for-credit field education
experience that integrates direct ministry with theological
reflection. For example, we offer a two-semester practicum in
pastoral counseling at the Center for Family Ministries in
Especially if you are interested in chaplaincy, you may consider
completing one or more units of Clinical Pastoral
Education, for which you can earn up to 12 academic
For more information, contact the Office of Lay Degree Programs.