Theological School Program to Improve the Quality of Congregational Ministry - Sacred Heart Major Seminary

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Start Date: 
Monday, November 30, 1998
End Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Sacred Heart Major Seminary revised its Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) academic curriculum and created a formation component to adequately prepare lay pastoral ministers for service. The seminary examined the education and formation of lay pastoral ministry in North America with a view to reassessing the standards of its own MAPS program and implemented a reworked model. The seminary also focused on intensifying the recruitment campaign to invite lay pastoral ministry candidates to enter into a full-time ministry program. The formation component of lay pastoral ministers saw renewed emphasis in the areas of spiritual direction, mentoring and theological reflection.