Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality (M.A. in M.S.)

Awarded conjointly by Regis College and the University of Toronto

MISSION

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality program is designed for women and men with active ministerial experience who seek to expand and deepen a social and spiritual vision through theological study and reflection on the personal and societal dimensions of work and service in a post-modern culture. It emphasises a deepening of theological understanding as well as training in specialized pastoral skills. This program may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may select one of two streams. The Pastoral Praxis stream fosters spiritual and emotional maturity for men and women desiring effective ministerial practice and authentic witness in church and society. The Ministry of Spiritual Direction stream is for women and men discerning a vocation and for those seeking formation in spiritual direction ministry. The program combines a MA in MS as a first theological degree with the opportunity to develop skills foundational to the art of spiritual direction. The program combines courses in theological studies with a transformative method of preparation for ministry. Candidates are expected to have considerable life experience and a high level of maturity. Candidates bring a capacity for genuine self-awareness to a reflective process of supervision.  These studies take place in a context of Ignatian spirituality that invites and promotes ecumenical community, effective ministerial practice and authentic witness.

GOALS

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality program, through both its academic and pastoral components seeks:

  • to present new theological insights for a deeper understanding of ministerial issues;
  • to enable students to understand the relationship among theological reflection, ministerial development and spiritual growth; and
  • to open the creative power of the imagination to new ministerial alternatives.