The Pastoral Life & Administration Concentration of the Master's in Pastoral Ministry degree combines courses in theology with several courses in pastoral life and administration, as well as a ministry specific capstone project.
In addition to the core courses, which are described in the courses section, the following courses are required to receive an MPM with a concentration in pastoral life & administration:
RPS 6330. Ministry in the Church. This course explores the contemporary phenomenon of ministry in the Catholic Church from the angles of theology and pastoral practice. Theological exploration focuses on biblical visions of ministry, the history of ministry in the church, and its doctrinal underpinnings and implications, especially in ecclesiology. Pastoral consideration reflects on attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry in today's church. Integrating these perspectives, the course includes discussion of issues related to the contemporary ministerial scene and critical ecclesial documents on ministry formation
RPS 6331. Pastoral Administration. This course explores the purpose and function of a parish in the life of the church, and the role of pastoral administration within it. Students consider the theology and experience of parish life and reflect on many of the key ministries necessary for its success, including ministries of Word, worship, service and community building. Pastoral skills for planning, leadership, administration of temporal goods, communication, and managing relationships are among topics considered.
RPS 6333. Pastoral Aspects of Canon Law. This course provides an overview of Canon Law (Roman Rite), especially as it pertains to pastoral ministry. Particular attention is afforded to canonical dimensions of the obligations and rights of the Christian faithful, the structure, authority, mission, and ministry of dioceses and parishes, sacramental ministry, and penal procedures.
RPS 6334. Liturgical Leadership. This course offers a practical introduction to liturgical leadership. It focuses on the pastoral implications of the Catholic principle of sacramentality and its influence on the understanding of liturgical action, and what that means in actual liturgical celebrations. Attention will be given to liturgical planning and to lay-presiding at devotions, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Communion, and Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest.
RPS 6V90. Ministry Capstone. Students take this course in their final semester. It provides an opportunity for them to integrate previous coursework and reading with the knowledge and skills required to address particular pastoral tasks effectively. The capstone usually is taken for three credit hours, often with seasoned ministerial practitioners providing onsite supervision. Capstone projects require detailed applications and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors prior to registration.