Saint John the Evangelist Seminary

A Commitment of the Evangelical Catholic Church for Academic Formation

Est. 2006




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Academic formation initiates a lifelong search for a deeper understanding of the divine mysteries, an understanding that enriches the faith not only of the priest, but of the community he or she serves.

A critical knowledge of Catholic teaching and tradition is the foundation upon which all theological study and pastoral ministry are based.  In addition, priests must be able to relate the intellectual heritage of Catholic teaching and tradition to the concrete situations of the people they are serving.

This requires our students studying systematic theology to grasp the meaning of faith, dogmatic theology to connect with the tradition's theological sources, and moral theology to wrestle with the complexities of conscience formation and decision-making.

Priests represent the Church to the particular communities they are sent to serve.  Thus, they must be effective preachers and teachers, be skilled in the various techniques and theories of pastoral care and counseling, possess an understanding of leadership theory and practice, and be sensitive to the catechetical concerns present within their communities.

The Masters of Divinity Degree

The goal of the Masters of Divinity degree is to provide the academic grounding and pastoral skills necessary to minister as a Catholic priest in a multicultural and diverse Church setting.

Saint John the Evangelist Seminary confers the Masters of Divinity degree on students who successfully their academic program.

Upon completion of their Masters of Divinity Degree, graduates of Saint John the Evangelist Seminary will manifest the following qualities and abilities in the four areas of priestly formation: Intellectual Formation, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Formation and Personal Formation.

Requirements for the Masters of Divinity

The Masters of Divinity Certificate

Candidates without a Baccalaureate Degree are eligible to earn a Masters of Divinity Certificate upon completion of the requirements established for the Masters of Divinity Degree.

The Deaconate Studies Certificate

The Academic Formation Program for candidates to the Permanent Deaconate.

Requirement for the Deaconate Studies Certificate

The Masters of Theological Studies Degree

The Masters of Theological Studies degree combines the perquisites for the Masters of Divinity degree with the additional opportunity for the student to engage in a broader and deeper field of theological studies.

Many students pursue the Masters of Theological Studies degree as part of their preparation for future application for their Doctorate of Ministry degree.  Others may choose this degree out of intellectual curiosity, or to enrich their work lives by drawing connections between theology and previous course work or professional experience.

Requirements for the Masters of Theological Studies Degree


The Doctorate of Ministry Degree

The Doctorate of Ministry degree is a program of study designed as a post-Masters level course of study for those desiring to expand their knowledge and develop their leadership abilities.

The Doctorate of Ministry degree is a program that aims at reviving, engaging, growing and equipping church leaders to lead with increasing theological depth and leadership intelligence through specific areas of academic concentration.

This program creates formative spaces where colleagues can discuss and learn from their hopes, hurts, questions and dreams that have accumulated along their ministerial journey.  This program invites conversations around current events, trends and issues, while also bringing relevant biblical, historical and practical perspectives to bear on the ministry implications.

Our Doctorate of Ministry program cultivates sustainable capacities among participants within a formative environment characterized by three goals:

  • Integrate theoretical and theological concepts into areas of expertise.

  • Contributes knowledge and skills that support mission-focused ministry.

  • Exegete ministry contexts as well as Scripture and theological assumptions.

Requirements for the Doctorate of Ministry Degree



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