Pueblo Theological Institute Promotes Academic Degrees in Theology and Ministry

By Daniel Sarell
Posted 11/26/13

It is the commitment of the Diocese of Pueblo / Pueblo Theological Institute to promote discernment among those who are already serving and those who may be interested in serving as lay ecclesial ministers.  To that end, we are committed to consistently providing information for how they may pursue theological and ministerial training through advanced academic degree programs.  Earning a college or graduate degree in a theological or pastoral related field should be goal and aspiration of anyone who is serving or who aspires to serve professionally in catechetical or pastoral leadership in the Church. 

In the recent past, catechetical and pastoral ministers benefited greatly from programs sponsored by the diocese, such as LIMEX (a Master’s degree program offered by Loyola University of New Orleans).  Others around the country have benefited from similar programs offered through Notre Dame University, the University of Dayton and others.

The diocesan catechetical office is always interested in entering into dialogue with those who may be interested in pursuing an academic degree program for the purpose of serving the Church in ministry.  We are always seeking viable options by which the academic needs of those living and serving in southern Colorado can be met, despite the absence of a geographically accessible Catholic university.     

In the meantime, we will periodically communicate various options, as they present themselves.  Such opportunities include the non-residential programs offered through The Catholic University of America (or “CUA”) in Washington, DC.  The School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious Theological institutions in the United States and in the world.


Graduate Degrees from Catholic University of America

The Master of Catechesis Program (M.Cat.) and the Doctor of Ministry Program (D.Min.) are two avenues at CUA catechetical leaders can pursue. The M.Cat. and D.Min. degrees are specifically geared to the formation and development of men, women, ordained, and lay, to develop the skills and knowledge they need to fill various ministerial roles in the Church today.

Click on the links below to read some highlights of each program:

Master of Catechesis Program (M.Cat.):

  • A professional degree geared to prepare students to be practitioners in the field of Catechesis rather than researchers in the field of Catechetics.
  • Perfect for individuals seeking to prepare for leadership or teaching positions in Catechesis and the New Evangelization.
  • Interdisciplinary approach which draws upon theology, scripture, spirituality, history of catechetics and psychology within the context of contemporary culture.
  • Develop skills for pastoral care of children, teens, young adults, and elderly.
  • Get experience with required two semester internship.
  • 50% tuition scholarship for all students.
  • Please visit their website for more information.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.):

  • An outstanding professional degree with a first-rate faculty.
  • A blended learning format that allows students to remain in their local setting for all but two weeks of the semester.
  • A program that can be completed in four years.
  • An opportunity to experience the nation’s capital.
  • Concentrations in liturgical catechesis, the New Evangelization and spirituality, all relevant to ministry in the Church of the 21st century.
  • 50% tuition scholarship for all students!
  • Please visit their website for more information.

If you are interested in scheduling a campus visit please contact smist@cua.edu. The visit would include meeting some of professors and sitting in on some classes.

If you have any questions regarding The School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, please email CUA-STRS-gradadmissions@cua.edu for more information. Or call 202-319-5683.

Catholic University Contact:

Rachel V. Smist, Assistant to the Graduate Director

STRS, Catholic University of America

Washington, DC 20064

P: 202-319-5700 F: 202-319-5704