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Become an OST Student
Leave Nothing Undared for the Gospel
Oblate School of Theology is a Catholic graduate and professional school that provides education in Catholic theology for the church’s mission and ministry in the world. OST educates and prepares church leaders – priests, deacons, seminarians, non-Catholic clergy, women religious and lay ministers – for mission and ministry through the integration of pastoral experience and theological study. Learn more about OST here.
Our certificate programs offer the opportunity to deepen one’s faith while becoming an effective and intentional disciple of Christ and are designed to answer the needs of the faithful in different stages of spiritual development and different missions. Whether you are preparing to lead your community and honing the skills to strengthen your parish or faith community, or pursuing spiritual growth and personal enrichment, OST has a place for you. Oblate School of Theology hosts a wide variety of certificate programs dedicated to developing and supporting you for the role to which God has called you.
Oblate School of Theology hosts four distinct programs in addition to an opportunity to earn a dual degree at the masters level. The variety of programs offered provides you with the choices to find the right fit for you. OST is dedicated to preparing you for the specific needs of your ministry and ensuring that you have the tools necessary to be an effective leader in your community. Oblate not only offers the excellence that has come to be associated with Catholic higher education, but also a vibrant educational community in which lasting relationships with other students and faculty create a network of those dedicated to the mission of serving God’s people. You will experience Oblate as a family of faith formation in which you are taken as a whole person and elevated to your highest potential.
Oblate School of Theology currently offers two programs at the doctoral level. Our PhD in Spirituality elaborates on a broad philosophical spectrum of Christian spirituality, while also giving you the opportunity to hone a specialization that speaks to your own spiritual calling. You will leave prepared to teach others spirituality at the graduate level. OST also offers a DMin program that truly exemplifies the charism of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It provides the learner with the tools required to craft pastoral responses to systemic issues; teaching you to analyze communities to recognize their individual needs and how to create the programs to meet those needs.
Unique Learning Communities
The Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership is committed to developing and supporting pastoral leaders, men and women of all races and backgrounds, for the African American Christian community within the context of the universal Christian mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Institute aims to foster within Church leaders an understanding and appreciation of African Americans’ contributions to the entirety of Christian faith, life, and witness in North America. The Sankofa Institute will provide opportunities for the intellectual, professional, and inspirational development of transformational leadership within the African American community, offered through classes, lectures, symposia, worship, leadership workshops, internships and practical field education, as well as social outreach and cultural celebrations. Learn more about the Sankofa Institute here.
The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality (ISCS) at Oblate School of Theology is the only concentrated, integrative program of its kind in the United States offering ATS accredited PhD, DMin, and MA degrees in Contemporary Spirituality.
For scholars and people within academia, the ISCS offers three distinct degrees in the field of Contemporary Spirituality, all taught by an internationally renowned faculty. The goal of our degree programs is to convene the academic resources emerging within the growing field of Contemporary Spirituality and make them available to the community of scholars.
Along with inspire an ongoing and renewed interest in the rigorous study of and publication on Spirituality to benefit the world’s understanding of how the deep wells of Christian mysticism can enrich broader global theological and religious scholarship. Learn more about ISCS here.
The Sophia Community Program (SCP) is specifically designed to serve the growing population of women involved in Lay Ecclesial 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 completed in the local parish, diocese or other ministry setting. The Sophia Community is at 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 United State Conference of Catholic Bishops. 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. Learn more about the Sophia Community Program here.
Oblate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada to award the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Arts (Theology), Master of Arts (Spirituality), Ph.D. in Spirituality, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. OST is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. Learn more about OST’s accreditation here.
OST graduates reported an effective or very effective formation in skill areas including:
3 Primary Influences in Educational Experience:
Graduates report that the three most important influences on their educational experience were experiences in ministry, introduction to difference perspectives, and cross-cultural engagement.
They also indicated the field education program was very important to their learning and very effective in preparing them for ministry. It led to improved pastoral skills, greater sense of people’s needs, and a better grasp of personal strengths and weaknesses.