Priestly Formation

Saint Jude Theological Institute

SJTI is a Catholic ecclesiastical formation seminary, under the supervision of the Catholic Church in America (CCIA), in affiliation with St. Anthony’s Cathedral Liturgical House of Studies (St. Anthony’s). We are currently providing educational and spiritual formation for students who are interested in pursuing a vocation within conservative, Catholic/liturgical ordained ministry. At this time our course of study leads to a “licentiate in pastoral studies” which is an acceptable prerequisite to ordination within the Catholic Church in America as well as other independent Catholic jurisdictions. Our focus is upon traditional Catholic principles and a conservative moral theological polemic.

All of our course information will be accessible online. Classes meet on a set schedule via online video conferences. Most of our course lectures will be made available online as well. Students wishing to participate in our curriculum for credit towards certification should check with their local bishop/jurisdiction prior to application.

SJTI and St. Anthony’s will be a premier source of biblical and theological education that transforms, enriches, and equips students for community service/social justice and ministry in their respective communions and denominations.

SJTI and St. Anthony’s is dedicated to transforming and equipping students for community service/social justice and ministry in their communions and denominations by delivering affordable, flexible, challenging, and recognized biblical and theological education and ministerial formation programs, professional development, and opportunities for personal spiritual formation.

SJTI will be an Old Catholic House of Studies primarily serving as an open environment for theological education and liturgical ministerial formation, open to conservative, ecumenical ministries within the Christian faith.

Core Values
Historical Christian tradition and ethos of morality.
Academic excellence, personal integrity, equality, non-discriminatory procedures, and intellectual freedom on the part of all students, faculty, and staff.
A challenging, affordable theological education that is perceived by students, faculty, staff, the community, and educational partners as adding value to their ministries and enriching their lives.
A solid educational delivery system that undergoes continuous evaluation and improvement and is built and maintained through:
Well-trained, motivated faculty, staff, and administrative leaders.
Access to an adequate supply of and equal access to tools and resources.
A quest for knowledge and understanding through scholastic research and distinction.
Rigorous academic standards.
Use of modern technology and teaching methods to enhance the educational experience.
An expanded customer base by growing, strengthening, and delivering educational programs and services that appeal to diverse liturgical populations.
A secure financial base.
Two tracks are available: Continuing education units (CEUs) and clock hours are awarded for all courses. Each CEU earned represents approximately 10 hours of time spent interacting with course materials through the Canvas portal or F2F with the instructor in a residential setting. Only a short assignment is submitted to gauge the participant’s comprehension of the course content. Academic credit is awarded for approximately 15 hours of instruction per credit and successful completion of additional assignments.
Clergy: CE courses might qualify for (re)certification requirements. Before enrolling, contact your licensing body to determine if it will accept House of Studies CEUs and credits.
Seniors (age 62+): Ask about our special discounted rates, tuition-free audits, and scholarship programs.

The core module of courses is 27 credits (each course is 3 credits: CEU or academic track with a difference in assignments and cost):
Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
New Testament Survey (3 credits)
Introduction to Church History (3 credits)
Biblical Hermeneutics (3 credits)
Introduction to Biblical Languages and Use of Key Resources (3 credits)
Mapping the Theological Terrain: Finding Yourself within the Christian Context (3 credits)
Personal Spiritual Direction and Formation (3 credits)
Missions and Apologetics (3 credits)
Contemporary Ministry Issues (3 credits)
Old Catholic House of Studies 63 Credits**
Essential Seminary Courses for Ordination into the Holy Order of the Diaconate and Priesthood, within the Catholic Church in America (CCIA). This program is designed to provide the graduate with an “Ecclesiastical” Licentiate degree equivalency of a Masters of Divinity for persons beginning formation with the prerequisite of an existing BA/BS degree. Those wishing to apply without the aforementioned prerequisite degree may apply for consideration and a custom course of study may be provided.

Basic Courses
Introduction to Catholicism
History of Catholic Church*
The Legacy of Utrecht
First Seven Ecumenical Councils
Introduction to Patristics
Systematic Theology
Christian Ethics/Moral Theology
Sacramental Theology
The Mystery of Faith: The Eucharist
Ecclesiastical Theology
Catholicism and Human Sexuality
Catholic Apologetics*
Biblical Studies
Greek or Hebrew
Elective textual course
Elective textual course
Homiletics 1
Homiletics 2
Business of Church
Introduction to Pastoral Care
Spiritual Direction*
Introduction to Catholic Spirituality
CCIA Distinctives/Heritage
Contemporary Issues in Christianity*
Final Thesis***

*These courses are fulfilled in the core module with additional readings required for students from an Old Catholic tradition. An additional one credit in Old Catholic readings (with a reflective assignment) may be awarded in addition to the regular three-credit course.

**Prerequisites include B.A., B.S., Th.B., or equivalent degree. Special status can be obtained if a student has completed 107 credits of undergraduate study, possesses 15 years of pastoral/ministerial experience, and is at least 35 years of age. Advanced placement of up to 24 semester hours can be obtained if a student has completed a graduate level major in religious or theological studies and received a grade of 2.7 (B-) in the courses under consideration with the remaining semester credits taken at the House of Studies for complete fulfillment of certification/licentiate requirements.

***The final thesis or project will be supervised by an academic affairs committee in cooperation and consultation with ecclesiastical authorities.

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