Theology Careers

Dominican’s theology and pastoral ministry programs are small, but their impact extends far beyond the number of alumni they produce:

“Dominican prepared me to go out and work in parish ministry as soon as I had graduated with a firm grounding in Christian, Catholic and other faith traditions. With this well-rounded education, I have been well prepared to lead various workshops and adult-education sessions.”

Vince Zaprzal ’06, Director of Pastoral Ministry, Saint Philip’s Church, Addison, Ill.

“I had a passion to learn about my faith and Dominican fulfilled this with guidance, instruction, encouragement and constructive critique. Through this process, I discovered my calling to serve Christ in the sick. I am now a social worker helping those struggling with mental illness."

Robbie Lascia ’03, Theology graduate

“My major was Pastoral Ministry and my minors were Theology and Gerontology. I am the Spiritual Health Director at Provena St. Joseph Center, a Catholic rehab and nursing home in Freeport, Ill. Prior to this, I was a spiritual care/bereavement coordinator at a hospice in Rockford. I am currently in the master’s program at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.”

Mary Waters ’05, Pastoral Ministry graduate

Some theology and pastoral ministry graduates attend graduate school after Dominican. They have earned graduate degrees from institutions such as:

  • Aquinas Institute
  • Boston College
  • Catholic Theological Union
  • Dominican University
  • Garrett Evangelical Seminary
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Whether or not Dominican graduates in theology and pastoral ministry attend graduate school, they find that their education prepares them well for many roles, including:

  • Behavioral health clinician
  • Catechesis Coordinator
  • Director of Campus Ministry
  • Director of Liturgy
  • Director of Worship
  • Director of Youth Ministry
  • Dominican volunteers
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Pastor
  • Social worker
  • Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator
  • Theology teacher

Recent Dominican graduates have found employment at organizations such as:

  • Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Concordia University
  • Diocese of Joliet
  • The Vatican’s daily newspaper
  • The Catholic New World