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The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Programs at St. Peter's Seminary offer graduate-level education that prepares lay women and men for ministry in parishes, hospitals and schools.These degree programs focus on the development of the total person--human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral. Lay students, studying together with seminarians, enhance their competency in scripture, church history, liturgy and other areas of theology. M.Div. students gain practical ministry experience through field placements in parishes, hospitals and schools. St. Peter's is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools.

"Being part of the MTS programme has been such a blessing for me.  Right from the start I was hooked on the high quality of academic studies provided by top-notch faculty.  During my years at St. Peter's I genuinely enjoyed sharing learning experiences and ideas with both seminarians and fellow lay students.  I was warmly welcomed into the seminary community and offered a variety of opportunities for personal enrichment and formation.  I believe the gift of this time in the theology programme has greatly enriched both my personal life and my effectiveness as a teacher and community volunteer." Karen Rawlings, M.T.S. 2014

Choosing the Master of Divinity (M. Div.) Program
The M.Div. is a professional, theological degree providing a solid foundation in ministry. Graduates are found in parish pastoral ministry, campus ministry, youth ministry, and diocesan offices.
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree with minimum 70% average from an accredited institution;Personal history; Letters of recommendation; No concerns on criminal records check; Psychological screening; Formal admissions interview.

Choosing the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Program
The M.T.S. is a post-baccalaureate, academic theological degree for those seeking professional enrichment as teachers or catechists, or those who wish to grow in understanding of and witness to their faith. Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree with minimum 70% average from an accredited institution; Thomistic philosphy prerequisite or co-requisite; Brief life history; Letters of recommendation; Interview.

Study & Support
St. Peter's has a Faculty of recognized scholars with expertise in a wide variety of subject areas. Study can be full-time or part-time with the exception that one year of the M.Div. program must be taken full-time with required formation elements. Some courses will be offered online starting Fall 2011. Students have access to the vast collection of materials and resources in the A.P. Mahoney Library as well as all of the UWO Libraries. Students are supported by the Director of Lay Formation. They make up an important part of the St. Peter's community and are encouraged to participate in Community Masses, to take part in other Seminary events, and to enjoy the student lounge dedicated to their use.

Degrees are awarded by The University of Western Ontario through the Seminary's affiliation with King's University CollegeLay Graduates at St. Peter's receive the annual Alumni Bulletin magazine and an Alumni Card.

Deadline: July 1st
-Bursary applications are available
-Go to Admissions or contact the office of the Registrar: 519-432-1824 or 1-888-548-9649

For more Information on Degree Programs for Lay Students please contact:
The Director of Lay Formation, Mrs.Bernardine Ketelaars at: 519-432-1824 ext. 203 / 1-888-548-9649 ext. 203 or Email:

We look forward to speaking with you!

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