Pastoral Ministry

“I chose the Pastoral Ministry program because the faculty are outstanding and did an amazing job making me feel welcome. The classes were exceptional and the program fulfills its goal of making students well-rounded and prepared for God’s work.”
Hannah Demaree ’10, Pastoral Ministry graduate 

The Catholic Church needs lay leaders as never before, especially those who can demonstrate ministerial skills and theological competence. 

In response to this need, Dominican has created the pastoral ministry program, which includes a pastoral ministry major, minor and certificate.

The pastoral ministry major is individualized. Working in consultation with a specially selected faculty advisor, the student chooses an area of specialization, including: 

  • Spiritual care and bereavement
  • Catechesis and evangelization
  • Family ministry
  • Parish management
  • Sacred music
  • Worship and ritual
  • Youth ministry

Pastoral ministry majors must complete an approved internship.

William George
Department Chair,
Theology and Pastoral Ministry
(708) 524-6475
wgeorge@dom.edu

Admission to the pastoral ministry major requires a personal essay on ministerial experience or aspirations, along with two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s aptitude for ministry.

In consultation with their advisor, students may design specializations either from courses or programs already offered at Dominican University or from other approved programs. For instance, Dominican students may take the Certificate in youth ministry, which is offered in partnership with Loyola University of Chicago, to fulfill their specialization in Youth Ministry.

Possible areas of specialization are care and bereavement, catechesis and evangelization, family ministry, youth ministry, worship and ritual, sacred music, and parish management.