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In addition to the Core curriculum and pastoral foundation courses required to fulfill the pastoral ministry degree requirements, students are required to choose a focus area, and complete an internship, capstone project, and professional portfolio.

Focus Area & Internship

Pastoral Ministry students select a focus area in either Catechetical Ministry or Youth and Young Adult Ministry to sharpen the development of practical experience and pastoral skills. As part of the requirements for each focus area, students complete a year-long internship in a pastoral setting, such as a parish, school or diocesan office. In dialogue with professors and the on-site supervisor, students develop a comprehensive plan for the internship, which allows them to tailor their work to match the needs of the community with personal goals. This intense ministerial opportunity provides practical experience and skilled supervision, which is both challenging and supportive.

Elements common to all internship courses:

Elements unique to specific internship courses:
For each internship, different ministerial tasks will be assigned in accord with the needs and desires of the student, and the needs and circumstances of the host community.  A list of recommended elements for each of the different focus areas will form the basis for initial conversation between the student, the supervising professor, and the onsite supervisor.

Capstone Project & Professional Portfolio

Every internship concludes with a capstone project, which gives students a chance to demonstrate both conceptual mastery of the foundations of ministry and practical expertise in the skills it requires. In their final semester, all pastoral ministry majors prepare a comprehensive professional portfolio to showcase the student's knowledge and professional skills as a way of demonstrating ministerial excellence. Portfolios include model presentations, writing samples, descriptions of ministerial experience, records of successful projects and other indicators of professional development. The portfolio is the centerpiece of a public presentation by the student and is assessed by a panel including at least two professors from the School of Ministry and the onsite supervisor of the student's internship.


The courses to complete these specifc requirements include:

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