Theological Institute at Saint John’s Seminary


“For all things are for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people into a public act of thanksgiving, it abounds to the glory of God. … For the love of Christ impels us….” (2 Corinthians 4:15, 5:14)
The Theological Institute at Saint John’s Seminary provides whole-person formation for mission in Christ. The Institute serves the laity, deacons, and professed religious.
Through The Theological Institute, the Seminary is making its theological and formational expertise in training seminarians even more widely available, building on the solid foundation of more than fifteen years of experience with the Master of Arts in Ministry program, the Seminary’s breakthrough initiative in lay outreach.

The Theological Institute’s programs include:  
The Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) degree program, which Dr. Aldona Lingertat, Ph.D directs. Since 1999, MAM has graduated upwards of 150 students and has reached many more with its distinctive brand of whole-person formation for lay ecclesial ministry and evangelization in the parish. “The same God who called Prisca and Aquila to work with Paul in the first century calls thousands of men and women to minister in our Church in this twenty-first century.  This call is a cause for rejoicing.”  (Co-Workers in the Vineyard, p. 66)  The Master of Arts in Ministry Program encompasses the vision and four aspects of lay formation as articulated by Saint Pope John Paul II in Christifidelis Laici and the US Bishops in Co-Workers in the Vineyard.  The four aspects include:  Academic Program, Spiritual Formation, Human Formation and Apostolic Field Education.

The Master of Theological Studies for the New Evangelization (MTS) is an academic degree designed to expose students to the broad parameters of Catholic theology while enabling them to focus on a particular topic that is of interest to them. The degree is ideal for those working in other professions who seek to augment their primary skill set with a grounding in theology in order to more effectively evangelize the fields of culture, work, politics, and family. Its “whole person” approach to formation offers students the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with the spheres of spirituality, apostolate, and human development.

Saint John’s Seminary’s non-degree Certificate Programs, including certificates based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, have reached over 300 students with low-cost yet intensive adult faith formation.

Reverend Christopher O’Connor, Saint John’s Seminary, Vice Rector serves as the President of The Theological Institute and the Director of Certificate Programs.  Dr. Aldona Lingertat, Ph.D. serves as the Administrative Vice President and Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) Program.  Dr. Stephen Fahrig, S.T.D. is the Associate Dean and Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Program.  He also serves as Professor of Sacred Scripture at Saint John’s Seminary. Dr. Angela Franks, Ph.D. serves as a full-time professor for The Theological Institute.