The Master of Divinity program
at the University of Notre Dame prepares professional ministers for service
in the Roman Catholic Church. The program forms leaders who are grounded in
Catholic tradition, faithful to the Church's witness to Jesus Christ,
pastorally skillful and wise.
The M.Div. at Notre
Dame, initiated in 1968 as the primary formation venue for Holy Cross
seminarians, has from early in its history maintained a commitment to both
lay and ordained ministry. The program is designed as part of a
comprehensive formation process for two distinct but complementary
vocations. The educational experience of M.Div. students at Notre Dame is
enriched by the interaction of seminarian, religious, and lay students of
diverse backgrounds. The M.Div. remains vitally linked to the spirit and
mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross as "educators in the
faith." [Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross 2, para. 12]
The M.Div. program is
guided by documents published under the auspices of the National Conference
of Catholic Bishops with regard to priestly formation and ecclesial lay
ministry. The program also participates in the larger community and mission
of the University of Notre Dame. The Catholic character, resources,
liturgical life, and ethos of the University, especially the faculty of the
Department of Theology, shape the context and content of the M.Div.
The program embraces
concurrent studies in a broad range of theological disciplines
indispensable for developing the art of pastoral ministry. Through
appropriate spiritual formation, supervised field placements and mentoring,
the student is assisted in integrating these studies into a ministerial
identity attuned to the needs of the contemporary Church and world.
Directed by the Second Vatican Council, we seek to prepare men and women
for collaborative ministry in a multicultural Church.
Passed unanimously by
the M.Div. Committee on March 3, 2000, and approved by unanimous vote of
the faculty of the Department of Theology on May 1, 2000.