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Why Study Pastoral Ministry at Madonna University?

  • Prepare to serve in a variety of Christian ministries:  parishes, hospitals, hospice centers, prisons, college or high school campuses
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the Christian, and particularly Catholic, tradition at the core of Madonna University's identity
  • Explore the roots of the Franciscan values of respect for the dignity of each person, reverence for creation, peace and justice, and education for truth and service
  • Excellent faculty who are well-versed in their fields and dedicated to student success
  • Courses can be taken on campus, online, or in a combination of both

A Pastoral Ministry major or minor assists you in exploring the questions, "How can I make a difference while living out my commitment to my faith?"  "How can I best prepare to serve those in need in our contemporary world?" Pastoral ministry may take the form of a role within your faith community, or may reach out to the wider world. Studies in this field can help prepare you for service in parishes or church communities, in the areas of religious education, PMNial concerns, liturgy, parish administration, or children's, youth, or young adult ministry. It can be a step toward graduate level studies (M.A., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.) in ministry or in religious studies. You may choose to pursue this course of study because you are already involved in ministry and wish to benefit from deeper preparation for it.

The Archdiocese of Detroit encourages those who feel called to ministry to pursue an academic degree program. Most of the employment opportunities posted on its site call for the minimum of a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry or a related field.

CareersGrad SchoolEmployers of Alumni
Church-related ministry: Graduate Theological Foundation The Archdiocese of Detroit
Parish ministry Madonna University Madonna University
Youth ministry Marygrove College  
Parish administration Sacred Heart Major Seminary  
Liturgical ministry    
Campus ministry:  college or high school    
Hospital ministry    
Hospice ministry    
Prison ministry    
Nursing homes/care centers    
Shelters/soup kitchens    
Sunday schools    
Catechist    
Bereavement ministry    
Retreat work    
Spiritual direction    
Mission work    
Peace Corps    
Religiously affiliated volunteer corps    
Social Service agencies    
Peace and justice ministries    
Non-profit organizations    
NGOs