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“Man is not trapped in a hall of mirrors of interpretations; one can and must seek a breakthrough to what is really true; man must ask who he really is and what he is to do; he must ask whether there is a God; who God is, and what the world is.”

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Address at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in 1999

Academic Programs

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Master of Divinity Program 

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a first professional degree.  It is designed to foster basic theological understanding and develop initial pastoral competence in students preparing for priestly ministry.  The curriculum, in providing the intellectual foundation of an integral and initial formation program, involves an in-depth study of the Catholic theological tradition and a supervised practice of ministry. 

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“Restore to humanity the courage to seek the truth, that is, to encourage reason once again in the adventure of searching for truth.”

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

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Pre-Theology Program

This program initiates men with either no background in philosophy or no previous formation experience into seminary formation and prepares them for theological formation. 

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Master of Arts in Theology

More restricted in scope than the M.Div. and requiring greater academic proficiency, this degree is more appropriate for those who hope to research or teach, whether at the elementary, secondary, community college, or seminary level. 

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“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of  truth about themselves.” 

Fides et Ratio

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Bachelor of Sacred Theology

Through affiliation with the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., the STB is offered, providing first-level theological competence required for further studies in the ecclesiastical system.

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BA Completion Program

This degree is designed primarily for those men who wish to study for the Priesthood but who do not have the required college background by allowing candidates to finish college studies, earn a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and continue their formation in the Seminary.

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“Theological formation… should lead the candidate for the priesthood to a complete and unified vision of the truths which God has revealed in Jesus Christ and of the Church’s experience of faith. Hence the need both to know ‘all’ the Christian truths, without arbitrarily selecting among them, and to know them in an orderly fashion. This means the candidate needs to be helped to build a synthesis which will be the result of the contributions of the different theological disciplines, the specific nature of which acquires genuine value only in their profound condition.”

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St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park CA 94025 
(650) 325-5621