The Sophia Community Program

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 Qualifications

 OST is seeking applications from women currently engaged in ministry who desire further theological study.

Other qualifications include:

  • Women from areas underserved by Catholic higher education and in need of lay leadership

  • Must meet OST admission requirements for the MAPM degree

  • Must be computer literate and familiar with use of the Internet

  • Be available to attend on campus sessions for three summers beginning summer of 2009

Priority will be given to the following:

  • Roman Catholics ministering in a Catholic setting

  • Those from areas that are underserved by traditional Catholic higher education, that serve the poor or the abandoned,or are in need of developing lay leadership

  • Those whose dioceses and parishes provide financial support and time for study

  • Those ministering in dioceses or parishes served by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the U.S.

Tuition and Housing

Significant financial support from foundations for this program allows OST to pass reductions in program costs to participants. The cost for tuition, housing, and meals is $4500 per academic year per student; a total of $9000 for the entire program. This is a 60% reduction in the usual cost. Books, travel, and other personal expenses are additional costs to the participant.

OST is encouraging dioceses, parishes, or other sponsoring agencies to offer financial support to students they recommend in the amount of $1500 per academic year. With such support the student will only pay $1500 per academic year.

Applicants from ministries sponsored or served by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate can receive additional support from the US Province of the Oblates. Contact the province for additional information.