Master of Divinity - Priesthood Studies

Priesthood candidates will discern their gifts and prepare for a ministry of service to their communities and to the people of God.

M.Div. Priesthood Program Information

Application Requirements

      • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or the equivalent
      • Official transcripts of post-secondary coursework
      • Three letters of recommendation from educational or professional contacts
      • GRE or MAT results
      • Typewritten narrative
      • Resume/CV
      • List of books and articles read in the previous three years

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Application Deadline: Rolling Admission 


The education and formation of priesthood candidates assists them to discern their gifts and to prepare for a ministry of service to their communities and to the people of God as ordained monks.

Formation addresses topics particular to priestly ministry, such as living celibacy as a gift and a discipline, in addition to competencies for pastoral ministry, such as preaching and pastoral care.

Rule of Saint Benedict

The Rule of Benedict describes the unique position of a monk chosen by his abbot for ordination to the priesthood, pointing out that "The monk so ordained . . . will have to subject himself all the more to the discipline of the rule" (Rule of Benedict 62).

Benedict's brevity on this subject makes his words even more powerful, emphasizing the importance of deeply integrating the Rule into the life of a monk who becomes a priest.

Saint's John's is able to foster this integration during a monk's time as a seminarian by using the Rule of Benedict as the guide for priestly formation and education (see the USCCB's Program of Priestly Formation, 5th edition, numbers 26-31).

Having a specifically monastic priestly formation allows ordained monks to help their home monasteries maintain the rich monastic character of their various apostolates which are as necessary to the church as they have always been.