Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
Curriculum

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Seminarians studying for the priesthood must fulfill the requirements for the Master of Divinity program (courses listed below).  In addition to coursework, they must attend retreats, workshops, lectures and other formation events throughout the year. For more information on these formation events, view the 2013-2014 Formation Program brochure.

The 126-138-credit Academic Program for Priesthood Candidates is the prescribed curriculum at ICSST for all seminarians seeking ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood. The program fulfills all the requirements of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation (Fifth Edition, 2005). Students meeting the requirements of this program automatically fulfill the requirements of the M.Div. program.

Coursework  

Master of Divinity Coursework for Priesthood Candidates
First Year

Fall Semester
BIBL 6501
Synoptic Gospels
3
HSTD 6201
History of Christianity I
3
PTHO 6518
Integrating Music and Liturgical Celebration
2
STHO 6202
Revelation and Faith
3
STHO 6501
Worship of the Church
3
STHO 6022
Graduate Research Seminar
2
  Total Credits for the Fall Semester
16
Spring Semester
BIBL 6201
Pentateuch 3
HSTD 6202
History of Christianity II
3
PTHO 6601
Pastoral Ministry: Introduction
3
STHO 6205
Christian Anthropology
3
STHO 6503
Sacraments of Initiation
3
  Total Credits for the Spring Semester
15

Second Year

Fall Semester
BIBL 6203
Prophetic Literature
3
CETH 6105
Fundamental Moral Theology
3
HSTD 6807
American Christianity
3
PTHO 6203
Pastoral Psychology and Counseling
3
PTHO 6602
Ministry of Healing
3
STHO 6203
Christology 3
  Total Credits for the Fall Semester
18
Spring Semester
BIBL 6503
Johannine Literature
3
CETH 6205
Healthcare Ethics
3
PTHO 6109
Introduction to Preaching
2
PTHO 6603
Justice and Charity Ministry
3
STHO 6207
Ecclesiology 3
  Required Elective 1
3
  Total Credits for the Spring Semester
17

Third Year
Fall Semester
BIBL 6505
Pauline Literature
3
CETH 6306
Catholic Sexual Teaching
3
PTHO 6112
Preaching Practicum I
2
STHO 6204
Trinity 3
PTHO 6604
Ministry of Sanctifying: Priest, Ministers and Congregation
3
  Required Elective 2
3
  Total Credits for the Fall Semester
17
Spring Semester
BIBL 6205
Wisdom Literature and Psalms
3
CETH 6407
Catholic Social Teaching
3
PTHO 6401
General Canon Law
3
PTHO 6503
Liturgical Practicum
2
PTHO 6605
Ministry of Teaching
3
  Required Elective 3
3
  Total Credits for the Spring Semester
17

Fourth Year
Fall Semester
PTHO 6113
Preaching Practicum II
2
PTHO 6405
Canon Law Marriage
3
PTHO 6608
Ministry of Leadership: Priest and Minister in Service to the Community
2
PTHO 6609
Ministry Synthesis
1
STHO 6505
Eucharist 3
  Required Elective 4
3
  Total Credits for the Fall Semester
14
Spring Semester
PTHO 6726
History of Spirituality
3
STHO 6507
Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
3
STHO 6509
Christian Marriage
3
STHO 6740
Priesthood and Ministry
3
  Total Credits for the Spring Semester
12

Additional Requirements

Electives: The four required electives shown above must consist of one course each in: moral theology (CETH); Church history (HSTD); spirituality (PTHO); and systematics (STHO).

Spanish Language: Seminarians for whom English is their primary language and who are studying for dioceses that require Spanish language proficiency also take PTHO 6017/8 Intermediate Pastoral Spanish and/or PTHO 6019/20 Advanced Pastoral Spanish in their third and/or fourth year of theological studies. (Students should complete Elementary Spanish prior to beginning Pastoral Spanish).


 

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