New Master's Concentration in Pastoral and Social Ministry Offered at Xavier University

Information session is April 6 | March 16, 2006

For more than 25 years, the Theology Department at Xavier University has offered a Master of Arts in Theology, which is distinguished for its academic rigor and ecumenical engagement with the pressing issues of the church and society. Beginning in this fall, with the additional coursework and a ministerial internship, students may add to this theological foundation a concentration in Pastoral and Social Ministry.

Learn more about this new concentration at the Theology Information Session on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center located in the University’s Cintas Center. Faculty, current students, and alumni will give an overview of the entire graduate program in theology and specifically, the new Pastoral and Social Ministry concentration. Admissions and financial assistance will also be discussed. RSVPs are required.

“Xavier has a long history of providing an outstanding graduate education in theology. The new concentration in Pastoral and Social Ministry seeks to build on this foundation by offering practical training to help our graduates’ minister more effectively in church and society,” says Dr. Edward Hahnenberg, assistant professor of theology at Xavier.

Hahnenberg, who will teach a required course in the new concentration titled Theology of Ministry, served as consultant to the U.S. Bishops' Subcommittee on Lay Ministry in its preparation of the recent document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. He is also the author of Ministries: A Relational Approach (Crossroad, 2003).

To RSVP for the April 6 information session, log on to or call the Graduate Services Office at 513-745-3360.