Master of Pastoral Ministry: Health Care Ministry Concentration
Prepare for ministry in health care facilities through a combination of theology and
pastoral ministry courses with on site Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at accredited CPE programs in regional hospitals like Harris Medical Center in Fort
Worth or Children's Medical Center of Dallas. This program contributes to the student's
ability to meet the certification standards of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
In addition to the core courses, two elective courses and the following courses are required to receive a Master of Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Health Care Ministry:
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 7369 Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.): This is a practicum in hospital-based pastoral care, which is available in cooperation
with local hospitals whose programs are accredited by the National Association for
Clinical Pastoral Education.
RPS 7393. Ministry Capstone - Health Care Ministry: 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 student will work seasoned ministerial
practitioners who will provide onsite supervision. Capstone projects require the completion
of a detailed application and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors
several months prior to registration.