A Benedictine Love of Learning
Benedictines have always been lovers of learning and have played
a crucial role in passing on the Western intellectual tradition. We
have continued the Benedictine love of learning since beginning our
first lay degree program in 1969, helping to answer the Church's
call for "a well-educated, inquiring, and vocal laity" (Called
and Gifted for the Third Millennium).
Today, we also offer our degree programs to permanent deacons,
who are called to continue their formation after ordination
(National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of
Permanent Deacons in the United States).
Theological study takes you beyond catechesis and faith
formation. It helps you develop an "understanding and appreciation
of the Catholic faith, which is rooted in God's revelation and
embodied in the living tradition of the Church" (Co-Workers in
the Vineyard, p. 42).
A rigorous, constructively critical engagement with the Church's
faith is challenging, but it ultimately helps you to be a more
effective, more theologically informed minister who can articulate
the breadth, depth and complexity of the Church's
Graduate courses at Saint Meinrad cover all aspects of the
sacred sciences, including Scripture and its interpretation,
dogmatic theology, Church history, liturgical and sacramental
theology, moral theology and Catholic social teaching, pastoral
theology, spirituality and canon law. Our courses also incorporate
opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith engagement.
Full-time Study or Part-time Distance Learning
Some choose to study full time, taking weekday courses alongside
the seminarians studying for Catholic priesthood. Others pursue
their degree on a part-time basis, alongside work, family and other
responsibilities, taking weekend courses, residence-intensives,
online and Web-hybrid formats. Read more»