Sacred Heart School of Theology
Programs

Pre-Theology

Sacred Heart School of Theology follows all the norms for admission of candidates as stated in the Program of Priestly Formation, 5th edition (PPF-5). Many candidates for priesthood come to Sacred Heart without the necessary undergraduate background and/or the prerequisite philosophical and introductory theological background. Some also need additional time for spiritual and human development. With this in mind, Sacred Heart offers a Pre-Theology Program of one to two years. The length of the program depends on the candidate's previous background and the judgment of the sponsoring diocese or religious community, which may have its own formal program for accepting and preparing candidates.

Please contact the director of recruitment for detailed information and a catalog: Fr. Javier Bustos, 414.529.6984; email jbustos@shst.edu

Pre-Theology Spiritual and Human Formation

Spiritual and human formation is an integral part of the Pre-Theology Program. All pre-theology students live at Sacred Heart and participate in all required spiritual formation activities. The daily celebration of the Eucharist together with the Liturgy of the Hours is at the heart of community life.Through private and communal prayer, daily Eurcharist, Liturgy of the Hours, the sacrament of Reconciliation, retreats, days of recollection, and rector's conferences, seminarians have every opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God and their call to priesthood. Seminarians have an individual spiritual director and a spiritual advisor who meet regularly with them to assist them in the discernment and integration process. In addition, the program introduces the student to the full Catholic heritage of spiritual practice and to the discipline necessary for authentic spiritual development.


Pre-Theology Undergraduate Studies Options

For those 30 years or older, Sacred Heart requires a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits to enter the theology program. Some candidates do not have the necessary undergraduate credits and the necessary philosophical and introductory theological background to be admitted to the Master of Divinity or Certificate in Priestly Formation Program. They can meet the admission requirements by enrolling in either the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity track or the non-degree/certificate track. With each choice, the seminarians reside at Sacred Heart and fully participate in the seminary's spiritual and human formation program while they attend classes at Cardinal Stritch University, a Catholic university in Milwaukee.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity

Candidates who do not possess a bachelor's degree may earn a Bachelor of Arts from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, while working for the Master of Divinity at Sacred Heart. The details of the program will be tailored to meet the needs of each student. Past experience has shown that a student can earn both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees in five and a half to six years, depending on previous academic background.

Non-degree/Certificate

Candidates who do not possess the necessary undergraduate credits but who do not want to pursue an undergraduate degree can be admitted to the Certificate in Priestly Formation Program at Sacred Heart once they have completed at least 60 undergraduate credits from accredited institutions. These undergraduate credits can be completed by taking courses at Cardinal Stritch University. At the same time, the student can complete all or some of the necessary philosophical and introductory theological background as required in the Introductory Studies option. This program can be completed in two to four semesters depending on the previous academic background of the candidate.


Pre-Theology Introductory Studies Option

This option is for candidates who either have an undergraduate degree or are over 30 years old and have at least 60 undergraduate credits from an accredited institution but have little or no prerequisite philosophical or introductory theological background mandated by the Program of Priestly Formation. Depending on one's academic history, this option can be completed in one to two years.


Admission

Admission to the Pre-theology Program requires sponsorship by a diocese or religious community. Such sponsorship means the acceptance of the student as a potential candidate for ordination in the sponsoring diocese or community.

Please contact the director of recruitment for detailed information and a catalog: Fr. Javier Bustos, 414.529.6984; email jbustos@shst.edu


Tuition

Tuition payment is arranged with the sponsoring diocese or religious community.

Please contact the director of recruitment for detailed information and a catalog: Fr. Javier Bustos, 414.529.6984; email jbustos@shst.edu

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