The Sophia Community Program
Oblate School of Theology announces a program specifically designed to serve the growing population of women engaged in Lay Ecclesial Ministry. The program is intended for the active woman who has little time, limited resources, and may not have a program readily available. Upon completion the participant will receive an MA in Pastoral Ministry and will have formed a lifelong support group with others in ministry.
Students in the SCP earn the MA in Pastoral Ministry through on-campus study in a summer session format, on-line courses, and supervised ministry. On-campus coursework is scheduled in an intense format with work to be completed before arrival and after the session ends. Students are offered one online course each fall and spring semester. Supervised Ministry is completed in the local parish, diocese or other ministry setting. Students may expect to complete coursework in three years.
The Sophia Community
The Sophia Community is the heart of the program. This community provides human, pastoral, and spiritual formation as called for in Co-Workers in the Vineyard, the 2005 document on formation for lay ecclesial ministry written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. A mentor who offers support and encouragement throughout the time at OST welcomes each entering student. Prayer, theological reflection, and integration of academic study are all essential elements of life in the Sophia Community. Support continues through on-line connections between students, mentors, and faculty throughout the program.