Thursday, March 19, 2015

Catholics on Call: Aug 4-8 2015 in Chicago

Interested in a discernment retreat?  We have had three SMU Theology/PYM students/alums attend Catholics on Call now, and all have had great experiences.  This is only $100 for everything for the week.  In the past, Campus Ministry has been able to provide some financial support, but you need to talk to them...asap!

Consider it!  Application due early May.  More information here.

Need an internship?

Theology of the Body Institute (summer work in Philadelphia, stipend and help securing housing, but otherwise unpaid)

Nine month internship in Youth Ministry (probably best for graduating students) at SPIRITUS in Wisconsin

Summer youth ministry internship in the YM office of the Diocese of Arlington

ALL of these have deadlines very soon, so if you are interested, jump on them!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Essay Contest: cash prize and tuition prize as well!

Theological Essay Contest 
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015 (by 11:59 pm)

Eligibility Requirements: College Junior or Senior

The writer of the winning essay will be awarded a $500 cash prize and a tuition scholarship to Saint John's School of Theology in Collegeville, MN (contingent upon application for admission to grad school.) 

The winning essay will also be published in Obsculta, our journal of theological writing. 

Essays can be on any topic of Christian theology. 

Papers written for a class assignment are acceptable for submission.

Criteria for selection include the significance and compelling character of the topic; the quality of the research, analysis, and synthesis; the clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness of the argument; and overall style and creativity.  
  • Essays may be on any topic of theology as long there is a connection or comparison to Christianity. Please note that this is not limited to dogmatics or systematics, but is to be fully inclusive (e.g., ministry, liturgy, Scripture studies, ethics, philosophies of religion, etc.)
  • Papers should follow the Turabian style with end notes
  • Length must be no more than 15 pages or 4,000 words (12 point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins)
  • Submissions are to be in electronic format, either as a Word document or a PDF file.
Please also include for each submission:
  • Essay title and author name
  • A single declarative sentence summarizing the highlights of your paper
  • An abstract of 300 words or less
  • Three key words that categorize relevant topics in your paper 
  • A list of scriptural references used in the work, organized sequentially as found in the Catholic Bible.
  • Papers must be submitted by the deadline of March 1, 2014.

Submissions and questions:


Important report on Hispanic Catholics, and ministry to them, released

The summary report of the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry...given that Hispanic/Latino Catholics in the USA constitute 25% of all Catholics, this is a summary well worth reading, with suggestions for pastoral ministry at the end.  This report is the result of an extensive three year research project between CARA and Boston College.  Meet your Church and enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2015

And we're back!

Welcome back to everyone.  It's ordinary time, second semester, cold as heck, and the Suite has free bookmarks.  What more do you need?

And that's just from one course?

Welcome and let us know if there are events reported you would like on this blog!

Job posting: Liturgy director, Winona MN

Director of Liturgy – St. Mary’s Parish
St. Mary’s Parish is seeking a Director of Liturgy (up to 0.85 FTE) to provide leadership for our vibrant faith community as we gather for prayer and worship. 12 month or 9 month contract negotiable.  Responsibilities include liturgy and music planning and preparation, piano accompaniment as well as liturgical minister recruitment and formation. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in liturgy, music, or related field is required. Resumes may be submitted by email or delivered to the parish office at 1303 West Broadway, Winona, MN, 55987, by March 15, 2015.  For further information or a detailed job description, please contact the parish office: (507)

'Tis the season

...that we pay closer attention to job openings.

Please remember to check the website.  Even if you are not looking right now, it can give you a good sense of what is possible, and what employers are checking of job applicants.

We will post job openings we receive (that is, a church or organization writes a letter to the department) here on the blog.