Integrative Internship Projects Showcase

May 20, 2015

On Tuesday May 13th, a group of Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education graduate students, presented their final integrative projects to The Dean, Christopher J. Thompson, faculty and members of the School of Divinity community.

The Integrative Internship Project is the capstone of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and the Master of Arts in Religious Education programs. After identifying a particular ministerial need in a parish, hospital, or other ministry setting, the student works with an on-site mentor and spends 6 to 9 months doing the field work for the integrative project. Throughout the project, the student incorporates into his/her ministry what has been learned in the theology and formation courses here at the seminary. Finally, after the completion of the field work, the student writes a report showing how his/her theological studies have been integrated into the project. The student then formally presents the project to the program director, the formation faculty, and the on-site mentor.

This is the first year The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas hosted the Integrative Internship Projects Showcase. It is planned for each year in the spring for those in the wider academic and faith communities to learn from and celebrate the work of these students.

Jim Rice: “Serving the Needs of RCIA Sponsors at Mary, Mother of the Church”

Cheryl Reinking: “Speak, Lord, Your Servant Is Listening”

Deacon Jerry Saladin: “Christ-Centered Grief Support”

Dr. Derrick Crim: “Maturity in Christ”

Carla LaBore: “Handbook for RCIA”

Dean Thompson remarked that “I was especially edified and delighted to have had the opportunity to participate in these presentations. Each of the students are outstanding witnesses to the kind of program excellence we are working hard to achieve.”