Loyola University New Orleans, through its Institute for Ministry, has been a leader in distance education for ministry. Through its extension program (also known as LIMEX or onsite), it has offered master’s degrees and certificates in pastoral studies and religious education since 1983 through partnerships with local sponsoring agencies, a diocese, parish, retreat center, or other established institutions entirely on location in more than 40 places across the country and internationally.
It is a professionally oriented graduate program that develops the theological and ministerial competencies of participants through an integration of academic study with theological reflection on ministerial practice and the participants’ lived adult experience as people of faith.
A primary feature of this program is its grounding in Ignatian spirituality. Through the work of Fr. Jerry Fagin, S.J., the graces of the “Spiritual Exercises” of St. Ignatius Loyola are woven throughout the program.
Moreover, students integrate their knowledge of the Catholic faith with their own ministry. They develop ministerial proficiency by combining in-depth study of the Christian theological tradition with an appreciative and critical understanding of the contexts in which they minister. These include the sociocultural context of their ministry, the personal context of participants’ own faith development and spirituality, and the institutional context and organizational dynamics of the ministry sites in which they work. In addition, participants develop specific competencies in a ministry focus area of their choice. To find out more, click on the buttons to the left.