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Pastoral Theology

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The Master of Pastoral Theology aims to equip graduates to exercise various forms of ministry and pastoral leadership for their particular ecclesial, institutional and social contexts.  As one of our graduate degree professional programs in practical theology, it brings together the resources of the Faculties of Theology and of Human Sciences to support its interdisciplinary character. Students learn to discern the sociological and psychological dimensions of a theologically reflective practice that attends to the complexities of the social and ecclesial context of ministry.

Throughout the program, students form a culturally and ecumenically diverse cohort that supports their integral formation for ministry integration of theory and practice. The overall objectives of the program are achieved through a learning model comprised of six courses, a supervised pastoral placement, as well as a three-trimester practicum that ends with an integrative research paper.  

This program is offered on-campus and full-time students typically complete it in one year. Students may also register on a part-time basis.

  • BELLEHUMEUR Christian, Associate Professor
    Counseling, psychotherapy, spirituality and Imagination (imaginary); Human development and positive psychologie; Psychospiritual integration of the counsellor; Psychology and spirituality.
  • BLÉE Fabrice, Associate Professor
    Christian Spirituality;Comparative Studies of Mystical Traditions, Interreligious Dialogue
  • BLOOMQUIST Gregory, Full Professor
    Socio-Rhetorical Analysis; Theology of the New Testament; Classical and Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament; Greek
  • BONNEAU Normand, Retired Professor
    Pauline Studies; Synoptic Gospels; Sunday Lectionary
  • CHIROVSKY Andriy, Full Professor
    Peter and Doris Kule Chair of Eastern Christian Theology and Spirituality Patristic and Later Eastern Christian Theology and Spirituality Studies in the Life and Thought of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (1865-1944) Theology and Spirituality of Byzantine icons Evagrius and the Tradition of Evil Thoughts Studies in the Kyivan Ecclesial Tradition Orthodox-Catholic Ecumenism Spirituality and Health Care
  • CLIFFORD Catherine E., Full Professor
    Ecumenical Studies; Sacramental Theology; Ecclesiology; Vatican II
  • DIONNE Christian, Associate Professor
    New Testament Exegesis; Gospel Interpretation; Mark and Luke; Pauline Literature; Acts of the Apostles; Biblical Languages; Narrative Criticism
  • EATON Heather, Full Professor
    Ecological dimensions of conflict; Religious aspects of conflict and peace; Gender/feminism, peace and conflict research
  • GALADZA Peter, Full Professor
    Kule Family Chair of Eastern Christian Liturgy; Byzantine Liturgy; Eastern Christian Studies
  • GUIRGUIS-YOUNGER Manal, Dean
    Palliative care and homelessness
  • MALETTE Judith, Full Professor
    Rétrospective de vie; les images de Dieu et de soi; yoga et psychothérapie
  • MARTÍNEZ DE PISÓN Ramón, Full Professor
    Counselling and Spirituality, Christian Anthropology, sin and evil, death and the afterlife, spirituality, religion and violence, shame and suicide. Highlights the relationship between philosophy, theology and psychology.
  • MARTIN Miriam K, Associate Professor
    Mercy and Presentation Sister Chair of Newfoundland in Religious Education and Catechetics; Religious Education; Liturgy; Feminist Theology; Eco-theology; and Practical Theology
  • MATHIEU Yvan, Associate Professor
    Biblical Studies; Biblical Languages
  • MELCHIN Kenneth R., Full Professor
    Economics Ethics; Business Ethics; Social and Political Ethics; Lonergan Studies
  • MICHAUD Jean-Paul, Emeritus Professor
    Synoptic Gospels; Johannine Studies; Epistle to the Hebrews; New Testament Apocrypha
  • MOOREN Thomas, Full Professor
    Interreligious dialogue; Islamic Studies; Missiology
  • PAMBRUN James, Full professor
    Theological Hermeneutics Theology and Modern Science Creation in the First Testament
  • PEELMAN Achiel, Full Professor
    Faith and Culture; Amerindian Culture and Religion;Native American Spirituality; Interreligious Dialogue; Contextual Theologies
  • POWER Myrtle, Assistant Professor
    Religious Education; Catechetics
  • PROVENCHER Normand, Emeritus Professor
    Revelation; Christology; Modernism; Liturgy and Sacramental Theology
  • ROLL Susan, Associate Professor
    Liturgy; Sacramental Theology
  • SPATAFORA M.S.F. Andrea, Associate Professor
    Research Fields : Apocalypse; Biblical Canon; Canonical Criticism Current Projects : Heavenly Liturgy and Temple in the Apocalypse
  • STE-MARIE Lorraine, Associate Professor
    Practical Theology; Adult Learning and Developement
  • VAN DEN HENGEL John, Emeritus Professor
    Christology; Hermeneutics
  • VOGELS Walter, Emeritus Professor
    Old Testament; Semiotics

Admission requirements

  • The candidate must hold an honour's bachelor's degree in theology (BTh) or an honours bachelor's degree in another area with 60 credits of theology, with a minimum 70 per cent average (B).
  • The candidate must provide three letters of reference, using forms supplied by the University. One of the letters must be written by a person from an academic milieu. An interview is normally required. 

Some additional documents, and in some cases specific forms, are required. For more information, please see the page Step 4: Gather the documents needed for the assessment of your application.

Master of Pastoral Theology

The MPTh is a 30-credit program composed of the following elements:

Six academic courses (18 credits):

three foundational courses (9 credits): 

  • THO5301 PASTORAL THEOLOGY (3cr.)
  • IPA5321 PASTORAL MINISTRY AND PSYCHOLOGY (3cr.)
  • IPA5322 PASTORAL MINISTRY AND SOCIOLOGY (3cr.)

two courses (6 credits) to be chosen from:

  • THO5302 CATECHETICAL PASTORAL THEOLOGY (3cr.)
  • THO5303 LITURGICAL PASTORAL THEOLOGY (3cr.)
  • DCA5310 CHURCH LAW AND PASTORAL MINISTRY (3cr.)
  • THO5304 CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN ITS SOCIAL DIMENSION (3cr.)
  • THO5305 CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AND ITS DEVELOPMENT (3cr.)

one elective (3 credits) to be chosen from:

  1. the previous list
  2. THO5307 STUDIES IN PASTORAL PRACTICE I (3cr.) or THO5308 STUDIES IN PASTORAL PRACTICE II (3cr.)
  3. any other course which, in the judgment of the Faculty, fulfils the objectives of the program. 

Students may propose any course which they consider relevant to their particular future ministry. Given the present context of the Church, the following areas are particularly suggested: spiritual direction, basic counselling skills, ecumenical ministry, mission and new evangelization. 

Two practicums (12 crédits):

  • IPA5481 PROFESSIONAL MINISTRY PRACTICUM I (6cr.)
  • IPA5482 PROFESSIONAL MINISTRY PRACTICUM II(6cr.)

Duration of the Program

Students are expected to fulfill all requirements within two years. The maximum time permitted is four years from the date of initial registration in the program.

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) must withdraw from the program.

DCA 5310 - CHURCH LAW AND PASTORAL MINISTRY (3cr.)

Theological reflection on and practical application of Canon Law to some areas of pastoral ministry, specifically marriage and reconciliation.

DCA 5710 - DROIT ECCLÉSIAL ET MINISTÈRE PASTORAL (3cr.)

Réflexion théologique et application pratique du droit canonique à certains domaines du ministère pastoral, en particulier au mariage et à la réconciliation.

IPA 5321 - PASTORAL MINISTRY AND PSYCHOLOGY (3cr.)

Interaction between theology and psychology with reference to pastoral ministry, the experience of the believer, the development of faith and of religious attitudes. The pastoral implications of psychological theories of the individual and his/her social relations: impact on cognitive processes, emotion, behaviour, competence, values. Psychological perspectives on the pastoral minister's practice, role and identity.

IPA 5322 - PASTORAL MINISTRY AND SOCIOLOGY (3cr.)

Interaction between theology and sociology with reference to pastoral ministry. A study of the pastoral implications of socio-historical structures, and of social and cultural change. Analysis of how the social milieu forms the way people think, feel and act, and the reflection on the importance of this formation for values and beliefs. Sociological perspectives on Christian communities' practice, role and identity.

IPA 5481 - PROFESSIONAL MINISTRY PRACTICUM I (6cr.)

Supervised ministry in a local church or other ministerial setting. Emphasis on the receptive skills and attitudes of the pastoral minister. Theological, sociological, and psychological theories are introduced which will enable the pastoral agent to observe, analyze, and integrate events within the religious community. Cognitive, behavioural, motivational, and emotional components are related to people's individual, social, and interpersonal life. Professional ethical issues are addressed. Codes of ethics in allied professions are used when appropriate. Supervision occurs in small groups under the guidance of a supervisor from the Saint Paul University.

IPA 5482 - PROFESSIONAL MINISTRY PRACTICUM II (6cr.)

In collaboration with a supervisor the student actively addresses a segment of his ministry drawn from Practicum I (e.g., relationships, or the community, or individuals). Action plans are formulated and carried out. Implications for religious structure, liturgy, homiletics, sacraments are developed and implemented. Emphasis is placed on critical, informed involvement, resource and time management in the exercise of collegial and co-responsible lay and ordained leadership in preaching, liturgical presiding, and community facilitation. Supervision occurs in small groups under the guidance of a supervisor from the Saint Paul University. Prerequisite: IPA 5481.

IPA 5721 - MINISTÈRE PASTORAL ET PSYCHOLOGIE (3cr.)

Interaction entre théologie et psychologie en relation avec le ministère pastoral, l'expérience, la croissance et les attitudes religieuses du croyant. Implications pastorales des théories psychologiques concernant l'individu et ses relations sociales : leur impact sur le processus de connaissance, les émotions, le comportement, la compétence, les valeurs. Perspectives psychologiques sur les pratiques, le rôle et l'identité de l'agent pastoral.

IPA 5722 - MINISTÈRE PASTORAL ET SOCIOLOGIE (3cr.)

Interaction entre théologie et sociologie en relation avec le ministère pastoral. Implications pastorales des structures socio-historiques et des changements sociaux et culturels. Analyse de l'influence du milieu social sur les façons de penser, de sentir et d'agir et réflexion sur l'impact qu'a cette influence sur ces valeurs et croyances. Perspectives sociologiques sur les pratiques, le rôle et l'identité des communautés chrétiennes.

IPA 5881 - FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE AU MINISTÈRE: STAGE I (6cr.)

Ministère supervisé dans une église locale ou un autre contexte ministériel. Importance attachée aux capacités d'écoute et aux attitudes de l'agent pastoral. Présentation de théories théologiques, sociologiques et psychologiques qui amèneront l'agent pastoral à observer, analyser et intégrer les événements dans la vie religieuse de la comunauté. La connaissance, le comportement, la motivation et les émotions en tant que composantes liées à la vie privée, sociale et interpersonnelle de la personne. Problèmes d'éthique professionnelle. Utilisation des codes d'éthique des professions connexes selon les cas. Supervision en petits groupes sous la direction d'un superviseur de l'Université Saint-Paul.

IPA 5882 - FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE AU MINISTÈRE: STAGE II (6cr.)

En collaboration avec un superviseur, l'étudiant évalue une partie du ministère exercé au cours du Practicum I (c.-à-d., les relations, la communauté ou l'individu). Formulation et mise en oeuvre de plans d'action. Incidences sur les structures religieuses, la liturgie, l'homélie et les sacrements. Accent mis sur la participation critique et compétente, la gestion du temps et des ressources dans l'exercice collégial et coresponsable du ministère, laïque ou ordonné, de la prédication, de la présidence des célébrations liturgiques et de l'animation communautaire. Supervision en petits groupes sous la direction d'un superviseur de l'Université Saint-Paul. Préalable : IPA 5881.

THO 5301 - PASTORAL THEOLOGY (3cr.)

Theological study of Christian experience and practice in their individual and community dimensions. History of pastoral/practical theology and its contemporary developments. Dialogue between present Christian communities and Christian tradition. Approaches and methods.

THO 5302 - CATECHETICAL PASTORAL THEOLOGY (3cr.)

Theological reflection on the practice and principles of catechesis. The development and growth of faith in current pastoral contexts. Methodologies, learning styles, growth processes and approaches tailored in view of various groups and settings.

THO 5303 - LITURGICAL PASTORAL THEOLOGY (3cr.)

Theological reflection on the liturgical experience and expression of Christian communities. Principles, dynamics, and actualization of liturgical celebration, including sacraments, paraliturgies and prayer services. Roles and ministries in liturgical celebrations.

THO 5304 - CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN ITS SOCIAL DIMENSION (3cr.)

The Christian community as a social reality embodying beliefs and values. Its relationship to and responsibility toward contemporary society and church: local, national, international. Present social questions and the Christian social tradition.

THO 5305 - CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AND ITS DEVELOPMENT (3cr.)

Types of Christian community. Maintaining the well-being and promoting the growth of Christian communities. Life cycles and life settings of Christian communities.

THO 5307 - STUDIES IN PASTORAL PRACTICE I (3cr.)

Study of a specific topic or issue in pastoral theology.

THO 5308 - STUDIES IN PASTORAL PRACTICE II (3cr.)

Study of a specific topic or issue in pastoral theology.

THO 5701 - THÉOLOGIE PASTORALE (3cr.)

Études théologique de l'expérience et de la pratique chrétiennes dans leurs dimensions individuelles et communautaires. Histoire de la théologie pastorale/pratique et son évolution dans le monde d'aujourd'hui. Dialogue entre les communautés chrétiennes actuelles et la tradition chrétienne. Approches et méthodes.

THO 5702 - THÉOLOGIE PASTORALE ET CATÉCHÉTIQUE (3cr.)

Réflexion théologique sur l'enseignement et les principes de la catéchèse. La formation et la croissance de la foi dans le contexte pastoral actuel. Méthodologie, modes d'apprentissage, processus de croissance, et approches préparées spécialement pour des groupes de divers niveaux.

THO 5703 - THÉOLOGIE PASTORALE ET LITURGIE (3cr.)

Réflexion théologique sur l'expérience liturgique des communautés chrétiennes et son expression. Les principes, la dynamique et l'actualisation de la célébration liturgique, y compris les sacrements, les célébrations paraliturgiques et les rencontres de prières. Les rôles et les divers ministères dans les célébrations liturgiques.

THO 5704 - DIMENSION SOCIALE DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ CHRÉTIENNE (3cr.)

La communauté chrétienne comme réalité sociale incarnant croyances et valeurs. Ses relations et responsabilités envers la société contemporaine et l'Église : aux plans local, national et international. Problèmes sociaux actuels et la tradition sociale chrétienne.

THO 5705 - LA FORMATION DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ CHRÉTIENNE (3cr.)

Modèles de communauté chrétienne. Le maintien du bien-être et la promotion de la croissance des communautés chrétiennes. Cycles et niveaux de vie des communautés chrétiennes.

THO 5707 - QUESTIONS PARTICULIÈRES EN PRATIQUE PASTORALE I (3cr.)

Étude d'un sujet ou d'un problème particulier de théologie pastorale.

THO 5708 - QUESTIONS PARTICULIÈRES EN PRATIQUE PASTORALE II (3cr.)

Étude d'un sujet ou d'un problème particulier de théologie pastorale.

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