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Pastoral Field Education & Ordination Formation / M.Div. Courses


Pastoral Field Education

PFED 001-002/003-004 Pre-theology Placement (optional/noncredit)
The pre-theology pastoral formation provides introductory supervised experiences with the hungry, the homeless, the sick and the marginalized, and other opportunities for service and evangelization. Pass/Fail.

PFED 501-502 First Theology Placement: Catechetics and Teaching Ministry (1 per semester)
Supervised ministry in catechetics and teaching: Seminarians gain an awareness and working knowledge of the role of religious education in the pastoral mission of the Church, a basic competence for catechesis, and age appropriate lesson planning. [Parish religious education programs or Catholic Schools]. Required for the M.Div. degree program and expected of all S.T.B. degree candidates. Pass/Fail.

PFED 601-602 Second Theology Placement: Health Care or Social Services Ministry (1 per semester)
Supervised ministry in health care or social services: Seminarians develop effective listening skills, an understanding of collaborative ministry, and the ability to extend pastoral charity to the sick, the needy, and the marginalized. [hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, immigration services, youth and young adult ministries, rehabilitation services for the homeless]. Required for the M.Div. degree program. Pass/Fail.

PFED 701-702 Third Theology Placement: Evangelization Ministry (1 per semester)
Supervised ministry in evangelization or social services: Seminarians continue to develop relational skills needed to relate to people across the generations, to grow in their capacity for exercising pastoral leadership, to engage in collaborative ministry, and to acquire ecumenical sensitivity. [Parish ministry, ministry to youth and young adults, campus ministry, adult religious education, Order of Christian Initiation for Adults]. Required for the M.Div. degree program. Pass/Fail.

PFED 801-802 Fourth Theology Placement: Parish Ministry (1 per semester)
Parish ministry placement: Seminarians shall have a sense of self as servant leaders in the Church. Deacons regularly preach during Sunday Masses and participate in other sacramental celebrations as directed by the pastor. Pass/Fail.

PFED 900 Summer Placement (0 credit)
Seminarians assigned by their diocese to a summer placement in a local parish may register for this placement. Further information regarding the "contract" and supervisor's evaluation can be found in the Seminarian Handbook. Pass/Fail.

See a list of supervised field placements.

Ordination Formation / M.Div. Courses

MDIV 500 Writing Pro-Seminar (0)
A writing pro-seminar on "Making Papers Better" is required of all first theologians. Three sessions of about 75 minutes will be scheduled near the beginning of the fall semester each year and taught by a seminary professor. The content of the sessions includes: an overview of the writing process, with particular attention to the requirements for papers written during first theology, training regarding proofreading fellow students' papers to improve coherence and clarity,a nd instruction in the Boynton Beach style sheet and Turabian style documentation.

MDIV 500 Lector Workshop (0)
A public speaking workshop is required of all first theologians prior to Installation as Lectors.

ORDN 501-502 First Theology Formation Seminar (1 unit each semester)
Required for First Theologians and Second Pre-Theologians the weekly seminar in the fall covers "Living Celibacy Well" and the spring covers "The Theology of the Body." Includes required formation workshops (fall and spring, 2 days, 10 hours each). Pass/Fail.

ORDN 601-602 Second Theology Formation Seminar (1 unit each semester)
The weekly seminar in the fall covers "The Priest as a Public Person and Christian Gentleman" and the spring covers "Praying as a Parish Priest." Includes required formation workshops (fall and spring, 2 days, 10 hours each). Pass/Fail.

ORDN 701-702 Third Theology Formation Seminar (1 unit each semester)
The year-long weekly seminars cover "The Priest as a Servant Leader in a Parish Setting: Issues in Authority and Governance." Includes required formation workshops (fall and spring, 2 days, 10 hours each). Pass/Fail.

ORDN 801-802 Fourth Theology Formation Seminar (1 unit each semester)
The year-long weekly seminars cover "Transition from the Seminary to the Parish: Issues and Strategies in the First Assignment." Includes required formation workshops (fall and spring, 2 days, 10 hours each). Pass/Fail.

ORDN 010 Pastoral Year Internship (12 hours equivalence each semester)
The Pastoral year is an appointment by the (Arch)Bishop. This provides the seminarian invaluable experience as well as opportunities for formation and discernment. Such seminarians may register for this full-time equivalency internship. Further information regarding the "contract" and supervisor's evaluation can be found in the Seminarian Handbook. Pass/Fail.

 
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