The M.Div. program at Regis College educates students to serve the church, society, and the academy as scholars and pastoral ministers. As a Jesuit school of theology, the College serves students as they grow in their capacity to promote faith and justice; to be persons of intellect and compassion, who are animated by humility and gratitude. Through the tools of discernment and rigorous academic training, the M.Div. program fosters a deepening sense of mercy, beauty and the transcendent. Such an education, rooted in a faith tradition, disposes our students to be available with generosity for the greatest variety of ministries – with special preferences to show the way to God, walk with the excluded, journey with youth, and care for our common home as they grow in freedom as agents of change.
Education in the Jesuit tradition accomplishes this:
Students study in an environment enhanced by the academic research of the faculty and students of the College’s advanced degree programs, as well as by the pastoral concerns and questions offered by those experienced in ministry. Students are immersed in the ecumenical, interfaith and multicultural context of the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto, located in one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in North America.
Biblical: 6 Units
Historical: 4 Units
Moral Theology: 3 Units
Theological: 7 Units
Pastoral: 3 Units
Theological Field Education: 2 Units
Free Electives: 5 Units
These courses may be selected from any of the four TST departments, although they are usually selected with a view to addressing specific formation needs or a concentration of courses in one department (e.g. Theology).
Level One: Observer Ministry Placement
Characteristics: No experience, or limited experience in ministry.
Purpose: To familiarize the MDiv candidate with the context and dynamics of ministry.
Necessary Skills: Observing, listening, reflecting, reporting.
Requirements: 2-3 weeks observing and dialoguing with a practitioner in a chosen field of ministry.
Outcomes: A written report of the experience using the general methodology of analysis provided in “Contextual Analysis of a Theological Field Education Placement.” (Appendix F, Theological Field Education Handbook, Regis College).
Level Two: Intern Ministry Placement
Characteristics: Some experience in ministry.
Purpose: To enable the MDiv candidate to gain personal confidence, and to develop a pastoral sense of identity, authority and mission.
Necessary Skills: Self-directed learning; good listening skills; willingness to learn from others and to collaborate with others.
Requirements: Engagement in a supervised ministry placement.
Outcomes: To develop a process for reflecting upon one’s own ministry, using the contextual analysis and case-study method.
Level Three: Resident Ministry Placement
Characteristics: Extensive ministry experience.
Purpose: To provide the MDiv candidate with the opportunity to animate a project in a chosen ministry placement.
Necessary Skills: A high level of self-motivation, and organizational and collaborative skills.
Requirements: A pre-requisite for this level is a letter of reference from a previous supervisor who has worked closely with the candidate and can attest to their ministry experience. In collaboration with the Theological Field Education Director and the ministry personnel of a chosen site, the candidate will be required to develop and execute a project that will enhance the site’s services. This must be a project that can be sustained by the chosen site and not solely dependent on the skills and continued presence of the candidate alone.
Outcomes: A contextual analysis and written assessment of the placement.
PLEASE NOTE: If a candidate begins in Level 1, it is expected that they will move through Level 2. A candidate might also begin in Level 2, and do part of his/her practicum in Level 3. To learn more, please contact the Director of Theological Field Education, Maureen Baldwin, CND.