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Programs and Degrees

Doctor of Ministry Program

The D.Min. program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
Mundelein Seminary offers the terminal degree of Doctor of Ministry. The goal of the program is to develop the ministerial skill of transformative theological reflection in and through projects concerned with ministry. In order to achieve this goal, the program interrelates three elements: theological reflection, other formal course work, and resource supervision. This interrelating takes place primarily within the peer group of candidates.
Structure
The candidates meet every Tuesday from 9:15 am - 2:45 pm for four semesters - two academic years. On these Tuesdays, three courses are conducted. Each of the three sessions lasts for one and one-half hours. In addition to the Tuesdays, there are four three-day intensive courses spread over two years.
Admission
Only those who fulfill these prerequisites will be considered for admission as candidates for the D.Min.:
 full-time involvement in a form of pastoral ministry;
 the M.Div. degree or its equivalent;
 the completion of at least three years of full-time pastoral ministry.
From the applicants who have met the prerequisites, candidates will be chosen according to their manifest capability for advanced theological and ministerial education, personal capacity for cooperation in a group-oriented program, willingness and ability to give this enterprise a high priority in terms of time and attention, and the potential value of their contribution in improving ministerial life.

CURRENT COURSES

DM500            Intensive: Introduction of Theological Reflection

The two-year Doctor of Ministry program is described in detail. Students then are acquainted by an overview of pastoral/practical theology. A basic model of theological reflection as transformative is introduced. Students outline their personal learning experiences.                                                                       

                                                                                                                                Webb                    

DM507            Theological Reflection I

The basic model of theological reflection as transformative (from DM500) is studied in depth. Each student addresses a pastoral situation using the model and aided by group critique and suggestions. By the end of the curse, the student should be able to analyze the transformational possibilities in any pastoral situation.

                                                                                                                                Webb                    

DM516            Spanish Mystics

Theological Reflection divorced from prayer is simply impossible. From the earliest times of the Church, the theologian was also a pastor and to try to do theology without the firm foundation of ministry, prayer and discernment leads directly to problems. To help make this connection, and to further theological reflection prayer and discernment, the Spanish Mystics: Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

                                                                                                                                Fuller                     

DM522             Theological Reflection II

This course builds upon the previous course on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. Focus will be placed on the continued development of theological reflection skills. The primary objective of the course will be they prayerful discernment and integration of ministerial experience with the wisdom of Scripture, Church writings, and modern cultures. Models of theological reflection by Lonergan, Killen, and De Beer, and Kinast will be explored and employed.

                                                                                                                                Wiskus                  

DM530            Intensive: Conflict Resolution

Students learn the basic steps in conflict resolution following the Fisher model, as well as the qualities to be maintained in any relationship in which thee is conflict. Individual situations brought by each student are analyzed.

                                                                                                                                Webb                    

DM531            Theological Reflection III

This course builds upon the previous courses on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. Focus will be placed on the continued development of theological reflection skills and their employment in various ministerial situations beyond personal reflection. The primary objective of the course will be the prayerful discernment and integration of ministerial experience with the wisdom of Scripture, Church writings, and modern cultures leading to transformative action.

                                                                                                                                Wiskus                  

DM535            Practical Theology and Social Science

A basic understanding of the philosophy assumptions, and methods of social science is presented. Particular attentions paid to the gathering and analysis of data. The interface between data and theological norms is explored.

                                                                                                                                Webb/Baima       

DM569            Systems: Thinking for Pastoral Ministry

Parish life is made up of complex and dynamic systems. Too often constrained by ingrained practices, rigid ministerial scripts, and structured workflow, ministers can become overwhelmed with the tasks of managing ministry rather than leading the community of faith. This course provides an overview of systems thinking and offers strategies and models to enhance organizational effectiveness.

                                                                                                                                Dowling                                

DM570             Homiletics as Theological Reflection

The homily suggests a useful method of theological reflection.  This course will consider the special questions the homily asks of the lections, in preparing to preach them as “a part of the liturgy itself.”

                                                                                                                                Siwek                    

DM589             Paul as Pastor

Paul is often called the first Christian theologian. However, Paul was just as much a pastor as a theologian. It’s always challenging to try to summarize Paul’s theology because he was moved to write in response to specific problems in various churches. Paul’s “churches” were no bigger in terms of population than our moderately sized parishes. When Paul was no longer on site, he exercised pastoral leadership using a common medium of communication—the letter or epistle—in a new, creative way. To discover Paul’s pastoral strategies, we will pay attention to the intended effects upon the audience of hearing Paul’s letters. For this purpose, we will read and study three letters in which Paul seems to be most “pastoral”: 1 Thessalonians; 1 & 2 Corinthians. We want to ask, among other questions: “What strategies is Paul employing in his pastoral ministry to these churches?” “What implications might Paul’s strategies have for our own ministries?”

                                                                                                                                Lodge                   

DM594            Ruth, Esther and Judith

This course will be a study of these three books in their historical and cultural settings, looking at the role of women in Israelite society, and their portrayal in the biblical literature. In addition to Ruth, Esther and Judith, passages concerning Miriam and Deborah and the personification of Wisdom in Proverbs will be studied.

                                                                                                                                Schoenstene       

DM803            Leadership in the Pastoral Setting

This course examines contemporary leadership and its theories and practices with a special emphasis on leadership in ministry. Leadership styles, the tasks of leadership, and the influence that the context has on leadership efforts will be discussed in depth. Attention will be given to leadership development and the implementation of growth initiatives for pastoral performance.

                                                                                                                                   Dowling                                  

DM806            Perspective on Church Leadership - Intensive

In this course students will be introduced to a variety of forms of Christian leadership drawn from the long history of the Church.  Students will be presented the manner in which various individuals guided the Church.  The student will then seek to apply how that particular form/style of leadership might be used in their own pastoral context.

                                                                        Hilliard             

DM827            Johannine Literature

This course will examine the Johannine Literature, namely, the three Letters of John, and the Gospels, with an interest in the community to and for whom they were written. The Apocalypse of John will also be studied as an introduction to apocalyptic thought.

                                                                        Schoenstene              

DM835            Context of Pastoral Theology

Following appropriate models of contextual theology this course examines a variety of issues including; interpretation of data, ecclesiology, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

                                                                                                                                    Baima/Webb              

 DM836           Spiritual Direction

This course is designed to theologically reflect on the experiences of professional ministers through the perspective of Spiritual Direction with the hope of enhancing our understanding of those experiences as well as developing and refining skills to help us become better ministers.  We will cover the basic concepts of spiritual direction and the theology of prayer, building on the work done previously in the course on the Spanish Mystics.  This course is not designed to create spiritual directors as much as helping ministers of the church guide and teach others how to grow in holiness. 

                                                                                                                                   Fuller                          

DM867             Theological Reflection III

This course builds upon the previous courses on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. The Kinast method of theological reflection will be explored. Focus will be placed on the continued development of theological reflection skills and their employment to various ministerial situations that involve leadership. The primary objective of the course will be the prayerful discernment and integration of ministerial experience with the wisdom of Scripture, Church writings, and modern cultures leading to transformative action.

                                                                                                                                      Wiskus                                   

DM871            Theological Reflection IV

This course builds upon the previous courses on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. Students will continue to develop their skills in theological reflection and their self-knowledge, especially in the area of personal operative theology. Students will develop a paper presenting their operative theology as demonstrated in their cases of real pastoral ministerial experiences for theological reflection by the group.

                                                                        Wiskus                                   

DM872            Liturgy and Theology – All in the Family

In Preaching, Fred Craddock writes that in the seminary to counter-influence the classroom lecture (“no model for the sermon”) “the homiletics student should read at least one (short story) a week, since the short story is the first cousin of the sermon.”  In this course we will ready modern Catholic authors to see how they told their tales.

                                                                                                                                   Siwek                         

DM895             Ongoing Thesis Writing

                                                                                                                                    Faculty      

FACULTY

The Doctor of Ministry program is staffed by the Full-Time Faculty of the University of St. Mary of the Lake I Mundelein Seminary, and, when appropriate, by a few members of the Adjunct Faculty of the Seminary.

Current faculty include:

Raymond J. Webb, Ph.D.,  Loyola University Chicago, Academic  Dean, Program Director

Kathleen Wiskus, D. Min., University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Project Coordinator

Robert Schoenstene, S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Theological Coordinator

Thomas Baima, S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome)

Robert Barron, S.T.D., Institut Catholique de Paris

Michael Dowling, D.Min, University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Michael Fuller, S.T.D. University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Ronald Hicks, D.Min. University of Saint Mary of the Lake

John Lodge, S.S.L., S.T.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Pontifical Gregorian University

Elizabeth Nagel, S.S.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute

Daniel Siwek, S.T.L., University of Saint Mary of the Lake

 

Equivalency to the M. Div. Degree:

I.   The general goals of the Master of Divinity degree are grounding in the following theological areas:

  1. Heritage
  2. Context
  3. Practice
  4. Formation

The Association of Theological Schools is not specific as to the specific number of credits in each area.

2.   In evaluating equivalency, the fo1lowing norms are used:

  1. A broad range of Theology, Scripture and Ministerial courses: 63 hours
  2. Ministerial Experience (e.g. C.P.E): 9 hours
  3. The total number of hours is 72 semester hours.
  4. Ministerial and pastoral ski1ls may be established through formal course work, seminars, workshops and pastoral experience..

3.  Persons lacking an M. Div. can arrange to take courses leading to fulfilment of the equivalency requirement

COST

The complete cost of the Doctor of Ministry Program covers two years of registration in the program, as well as room and board for the three-day intensives at Mundelein Seminary.   It does not cover books.  Please contact the Office of the Doctor of Ministry Program for details.

THESIS PROJECT

The thesis project is to be substantive, a contribution to knowledge about real ministerial needs, theology based, congregation based, and demonstrative of the ability to do theological reflection in a specific ministerial setting.

THESIS PROJECT PAPER COMPLETION LIMITS

The thesis project paper is to be completed within two years of the completion of course work. A one-year extension may be granted.

COMMUNICATION

Address communications to:

Doctor of Ministry Program 
University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary 
1000 East Maple Ave.
 
Mundelein, IL 60060-1174

Or contact :

Ms. Mary Bertram 
847-970-4804
mbertram@usml.edu

 


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