University offers new master's concentration in pastoral, social ministry

New program, which requires additional coursework, ministerial internship, holding information session on April 6 | June 1, 2006

For more than 25 years, the department of theology 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 this fall, students may add to this theological foundation a concentration in pastoral and social ministry, which requires some additional coursework and a ministerial internship.

“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,” said Edward Hahnenberg, assistant professor of theology.

Hahnenberg, who is teaching 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.

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. Faculty, students and alumni are giving an overview of the entire graduate program in theology and, specifically, the new pastoral and social ministry concentration. Admissions and financial assistance are also being discussed and R.S.V.P.s are required.

To R.S.V.P. , go online or call the office of graduate services at 513 745-3360.