“Man is not trapped in a hall of mirrors of interpretations; one can and must seek a breakthrough to what is really true; man must ask who he really is and what he is to do; he must ask whether there is a God; who God is, and what the world is.”

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Address at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in 1999

Academic Programs

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Master of Divinity Program - The Configuration Stage 

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. At St. Patrick's Seminary & University, the MDiv Program corresponds to the Configuration Stage of priestly formation, in accordance with The Program of Priestly Formation, #291-292. 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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“Restore to humanity the courage to seek the truth, that is, to encourage reason once again in the adventure of searching for truth.”

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger


Pre-Theology Program - The Discipleship Stage

St. Patrick's Seminary & University's Pre-Theolog Program corresponds to the Discipleship Stage, as stated in the 6th edition of The Program of Priestly Formation, #278-279. The Pre-Theology Program provides an integrated intorduction into the four dimensions of priestly formation for men with either no background in philosophy or no previous seminary formation experience.  

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Master of Arts in Theology

The Master of Arts (MA) in Theology is an academic degree for seminarians of superior academic ability who show the capacity for research and writing that may lead in the future to teaching, administration, or further studies. The MA degree is generally taken concurrently with the Master of Divinity degee, which is a professional degree oriented to ministry. 

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“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of  truth about themselves.” 

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Bachelor of Sacred Theology

The STB, an ecclesiastical degree, is offered through an institutional affiliation, providing first-level theological competence required for further studies in the ecclesiastical system. Seminarians at St. Patrick's may pursue the Master of Divinity and STB degrees concurrently. The STB degree is granted and conferred by the affiliated institution.

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BA Completion Program

This degree is designed primarily for those men who wish to study for the Priesthood but who do not have the required college background by allowing candidates to finish college studies, earn a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and continue their formation in the Seminary.

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“Theological formation… should lead the candidate for the priesthood to a complete and unified vision of the truths which God has revealed in Jesus Christ and of the Church’s experience of faith. Hence the need both to know ‘all’ the Christian truths, without arbitrarily selecting among them, and to know them in an orderly fashion. This means the candidate needs to be helped to build a synthesis which will be the result of the contributions of the different theological disciplines, the specific nature of which acquires genuine value only in their profound condition.”

Pastores Dabo Vobis, 54