Alonso del Arco, Santa Teresa de Jesús (Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Catedral del Salvador de Ávila
Diocesan religion teachers, directors of religious education, youth ministers and other professional catechetical parish ministers are eligible to pursue a Master of Arts (Theology) degree through the University of Notre Dame under a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.
Currently, there are more than 60 teachers, catechists, pastoral associates and others in parish ministries in our diocese who have obtained their degree through this program (called "OSV Scholars").
The MA requires completion of 12 courses (=36 credit hours), the last of which is a capstone project. The OSV Institute may suggest topics of research for the capstone within students' interests. Note: There is no longer a comprehensive exam.
Depending on a student's educational background, an additional 2 courses (= 6 credit hours) may be needed as prerequisites.
Admission to the Program
Step 1: Apply to the Office of Catechesis for funding.
**Please note: The Office of Catechesis is accepting new applications, but decisions are not being given at this time due to an organizational review of the program. Thank you for your patience.**
Step 2: Receive approval for funding from the Office of Catechesis.
Step 3: Applicants may begin one course (either a prereq or standard course) while completing the next two steps.
Step 4: Apply for admission to Notre Dame's Theology MA Program.
Note: While the Theology MA program "exercises a non-competitive admissions process," GRE scores must still be submitted as part of the application.
Step 5: Receive an acceptance letter from the Notre Dame Theology Department.
Step 6: Sign a contract with the Diocese.
Step 7: Begin the second course as a formal member of the program.
Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters (usually in South Bend and
Fort Wayne, respectively) during the academic year. A wider variety of additional courses
can be taken during the Summer Session on the Notre Dame campus.
More questions? Please contact Jonathan Kaltenbach in the Office of Catechesis.
In gratitude, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend would like to thank the
Our Sunday Visitor Institute for its generosity toward catechetical ministries throughout the diocese.
The program would not be possible without this financial support. Thank you!