This page is your resource for the most current information and links to assist in your academic progress and community life here at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and the University of St. Thomas. Much of this information was previously published in the SOD Student Handbooks.
Spiritual formation is an important component of educational preparation for ministry, complementing the student’s intellectual formation and ministry experiences. Spiritual formation seeks to strengthen the authentic identity of the lay minister and helps to promote cooperation and mutuality in ministerial relationships. Retreats: Master of Divinity (MDiv.) and Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) students participate in two required retreats during their studies. The school provides guidance as to possible places and some financial assistance for these retreat opportunities. There are also Day of Recollection opportunities available to all lay students which are updated annually and listed on the events page and in Vocare, the newsletter of the School of Divinity.
Spiritual Direction: All students are encouraged to have a spiritual director during their time at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. Spiritual direction is a component of formation for students who are enrolled in the MDiv. and MAPM degree programs. The School of Divinity provides funds for spiritual direction and has a list of spiritual directors for MDiv. and MAPM students.
Community Liturgies: Lay students are invited to participate in the daily celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours celebrated in St. Mary’s Chapel, as well as in the communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Penance in Advent and Lent and the individual celebration of the sacrament on Wednesday afternoons.
Days of Recollection: Each semester the entire school participates in a Day of Recollection, centering on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross (Fall) and Ash Wednesday (Spring). Lay students are welcome to listen to the speaker and to join in the day of prayer.
St. Mary’s Chapel is also open for private prayer from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.