Priestly Formation



Our Lady of Orchard Lake Shrine Chapel

Our Lady of Orchard Lake Shrine Chapel


Goals and Objectives

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to guide the student in developing the following attitudes and competencies:

Human — To integrate the intellectual, spiritual, pastoral, and human dimensions of priestly ministry.

--To engage in the practice of self-assessment to ascertain growth in the areas needed for effective ministry

--To develop emotional and psycho-sexual maturity, moral integrity, and social concern for the people of God.

Spiritual — To grow in the practice of the art of spirituality for the Roman Catholic ordained ministry

--To engage in reflection upon how God is working in one’s life.

--To develop a habit of prayer and participation in the sacramental life

of the Church.

Intellectual — To understand and communicate the Roman Catholic faith

tradition in the context of the contemporary world and society.

--To write an exegesis on a passage of scripture.

--To articulate and address the moral problems of society today

--To write a coherent thesis which demonstrates an understanding of the tradition and magisterial teaching.

Pastoral — To develop responsible, collaborative, culturally sensitive pastoral

leadership in a variety of ministerial situations.

-- To communicate the faith through preaching, worship, and ministry.

--To minister effectively within multicultural faith communities.

--To collaborate with others in developing their gifts and ministries.

-- To demonstrate the ability to be a leader of public prayer and worship.