On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Theology and Ministry, I would like to extend a very warm and cordial welcome to both our new and returning students.
Through its undergraduate and graduate programs, the School of Theology and Ministry participates in the mission of St. Thomas University. We are dedicated to offering a quality theological education to each student not only by thinking critically about theology but also by contributing to the intellectual and practical formation of those preparing for a life of ministry service. As a culturally rich and diverse community of learning, we strive to bring the richness of the Roman Catholic tradition to our students while recognizing that interest in, openness to, and respect for the beliefs of other Christians, and those of other faith traditions, are also a part of our Catholic tradition. This rich exchange of ideas is very important if we hope to live peacefully and productively as members of multi-ethnic and pluralistic communities. In studying about one’s own tradition and dialoguing with those of other traditions, each person has the opportunity to deepen her own faith commitment, learn what is unique about one’s own tradition and recognize that there are really more things that unite us than divide us.
One very important point of unity among people of all faiths is the striving after justice and peace. We accomplish this by pastoral application of what is discussed in class. In our undergraduate classes you will have opportunities for learning through community service that will allow you to experience and more deeply understand the pain, poverty and suffering of others, while bringing a message of hope. These realities are living textbooks that teach how life is experienced by the majority of the world’s population and challenge us to use our knowledge, talents and spiritual insights to become life-long leaders committed to ensuring that all people enjoy the physical, psychological, material and spiritual well-being that will allow them to flourish.
In our graduate classes, we strive to combine academic excellence with practical experience to prepare you for dedicated, competent and creative service and leadership in both civil and ecclesial contexts.
As Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, I assure you that the STM faculty and staff will continue to work with you and for you in order to strive for excellence in preparing you for the path you have chosen.
Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself and let us know how we can better serve you.
Msgr. Terence E. Hogan, SLD
Dean, School of Theology and Ministry