Ministry is needed everywhere. During your field education experiences, included in all three years of study, you prepare to bring your ministerial service to a variety of people, places, and circumstances. Dedicated mentors assist you in preparing for the different challenges and drawing the most important lessons from the various settings. Throughout, field education seminars help you to integrate your ministry and life experiences with your theological studies. You can broaden your experience base by taking advantage of one of our national or international ministry immersion trips as well.
These are some of the possible ministry placements where you can gain service experience:
- parish ministry
- campus ministry
- schools and catechetical ministries
- hospitals and hospices
- social service agencies
- retreat work
"When I noticed that Notre Dame was the only Master of Divinity program that offered three years of internship experience, on top of spiritual development in community, strong academics, and personal formation, I was sold. Three years after entering the program, I can say for sure that the internship experiences opened up for me some of the most formative moments of my life. I have been challenged to love people more deeply through listening, clear articulation of my faith, and just being present. God made me the minister I am through the field education opportunities offered by this program."
-Becky Guhin, '12
"Field education has been helpful in learning about my own interests in ministry as well as developing into a person who is better able to be a minister. The field education classes provide an important and helpful space for me to integrate what I am learning with what I am doing and to learn from my classmates and professors who are doing similar things."
-Matt Flynn '14
"The Common Good Initiative took 14 students from a variety of graduate programs to Haiti for a week this summer. We explored the Haitian culture by meeting local Haitian groups, talking with mission groups, NGOs, and health care providers. Throughout the week we emphasized learning, especially from the locals, in order to understand the situation before blindly jumping in to help. Spending the week with graduate students from a variety of other programs challenged me to take a different perspective and talking to some of the Haitian groups helped me to see principles of Catholic Social Teaching in action. Even though Haiti is full of harsh realities the Haitian people remain hopeful and resilient. My short trip to Haiti has sparked new questions and challenged me to go deeper in both my studies and personal spiritual journey."
- Mary Beth Ashley '14
If you have questions about our MDiv program, please contact the Administrative Assistant for M.Div. Program and M.A. Program at 574-631-4256.