Pastoral Ministry Program

The Pastoral Ministry Program of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Began in 1983 in response to the original call of Vatican II. The program is designed to provide solid grounding in theology and to empower the People of God in Oklahoma as they become increasingly responsible for life and ministry in the local Church. Through continuing study, persons become better equipped for filling the roles to which they are called by their Baptism and the needs of the times.

Lay women and men, as well as those studying the diaconate, religious and clergy, represent the rich diversity of persons in the archdiocese who have heeded the call of Vatican II and the US Bishops to avail themselves of theological education and formation for ministry. Pastoral Ministry program courses provide academic preparation along with prayer, community, and socializing to prepare and sustain persons for ministry.

Affiliated with Newman University in Wichita, KS, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministry Program offers and in-depth academic curriculum of sound Scripture and contemporary theology, integrated with pastoral perspective and skills directed toward maintaining growth and identity as Christians and becoming more effectively involved in service roles for the Church.

Options for Completion of the Pastoral Ministry Program

  • The Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Pastoral Ministry, awarded by Newman University, Wichita, KS.  This degree consists of 30 hours credit in theological study/pastoral ministry (8 core courses; 2 electives).  This program of studies is designed for those with a previous degree.
  • The Archdiocesan Diploma which is awarded for successful completion of 30 hours credit in theological studies/pastoral ministry (8 core courses; 2 electives).  This diploma is earned by those without a previous degree.

Additional Options:

  • For persons wanting to earn their first undergraduate degree, additional courses and/or other requirements may be needed.  This determination is made upon submission and evaluation of previous transcripts
  • Courses may also be taken for individual course credit, for personal enrichment, or for continuing education.

Core courses

THEO 1003 Old Testament Literature (3 credit hours)

A study of the law, prophets, historical books, and wisdom literature of the Old Testament using analytical methods of contemporary scholarship.  Each book will be studied within its own social-political and cultural context, as a product of the Jewish faith community and an expression of Yahweh's revelation. Prerequisites: none

THEO 1013 New Testament Literature (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the literature, theology and history of the New Testament.  Students will explore questions of authorship and critical methods of biblical interpretation from within the perspective of faith.  Jesus' question, addressed to his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" provides the theological center of New Testament studies and the grounding for Christology, Ecclesiology, and Morality. Prerequisites: none

THEO 2023 Theology of Church (3 credit hours)

A study of the nature of the Church as ita has been understood through the centuries.  The course begins with the New Testament, progresses through the Fathers of the Church, examines the ecclesiology of Vatican II and concludes with a study of post-Vatican II theologies of the church. Prerequisites: none

THEO 3003 Christian Morality & Social Issues (3 credit hours)

A study of basic Christian beliefs about the origin, destiny and meaning of the person, the nature of Christian life as the fundamental commitment to follow Christ, and the moral principles that flow from this.  Students will explore the importance of moral "self-determination" through free choices and will explore how appropriate moral choices are made within the Christian faith commitment.  Contemporary moral issues will be studied and analyzed from a Christian perspective.  Prerequisites: New Testament Literature and/or Theology of Church

THEO 3053 Sacramental Theology (3 credit hours)

A consideration of the Church community as Sacrament-sign and cause-of Christ in the world today.  Notions to be explored in this class include an understanding and appreciation of Sacramentality, religious ritual and symbol.  These understandings will provide the basis for an in-depth reflection of the seven sacramental actions of the Church from both a historical and contemporary point of view.  Prerequisites: Theology of Church and New Testament

THEO 4003 Christology (3 credit hours)

Students investigate the answers given in scripture and ecclesial tradition to Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?"   Beginning with the Gospel Christologies and tracing developments in Christological doctrine through the Councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon, this course gives a firm foundation for examining recent Christological proposals found among today's leading theologians. Emphasis is given to seeing Christian belief, worship, and moral practice as having it ground and legitimacy in the Church's fundamental Christological convictions. Prerequisites: ordinarily New Testament Literature and Theology of Church.

THEO 4023 Theology & Methods of Ministry (3 credit hours)

This course offers a foundational theology of ministry rooted in Baptism.  Particular focus will be given to the role of the laity in ministry and various types of ministry will be explored.  This course provides experience and formation to enable the student to learn a variety of ministerial skills.  Prerequisite: ordinarily 3 core courses

THEO 4053 Creeds and Faith (3 credit hours)

A stidy of the Catholic community's endeavors to adequately articulate and systematize its beliefs through the centuries. Sociological, political, and theological factors, which contributed to particular historical and contemporary  creedal statements, as well as the implications of those statements, will be considered. Prerequisites: Ordinarily taken as the last course in the program, or after at least 5 core courses.


Elective Courses

Courses listed are examples of electives offered in the past.  Electives are repeated and new one introduced to provide for the needs of the local Church and the interests of our students.

  • Introduction to Doctrine
  • Church History I, II
  • RCIA: Theological and Pastoral Considerations
  • Mary in the Church: Theological and Pastoral Considerations
  • The Synoptic gospels
  • Gospel of John
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Letters of Paul
  • The Prophets
  • Vatican II and the Church Today
  • Biblical Wisdom
  • History of the Papacy
  • Christian Discipleship in the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Contemporary Apologetics
  • Parables of Jesus

Spiritual Direction Concentration

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Provides a program of study and formation for persons interested in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.  Courses may be taken in this program for credit through Newman.  Completion of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is required for admission into the Spiritual Direction Concentration.  Information on entrance into the program can be obtained by calling the Archdiocesan Office of Worship and Spirituality, (405) 721-5651.

The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program

Information on this series of courses that promote leadership development for ministry with adolescents is available from the Archdiocesan Youth & Young Adult Office, (405) 721-9220. These courses may also be taken for college credit through the Pastoral Ministry Program.  Additional registration and course fee apply.

General Information for Students enrolling in the Pastoral Ministry Program


New students may enroll in the Pastoral Ministry program by calling the Pastoral Ministry Office, (405) 721-4208 or (800) 721-5651, ext. 131. Students who intend to take courses for credit are asked to please have official transcripts of all other college work sent to our office before the start of classes.

Tuition and Fees  2017-2018

Most courses are 3 credit hours, $200.00 per class.  Auditing for personal enrichment, $100.00 per course. Continuing Ed [program graduates; not for credit] $80.00 per class. Please pay in full or complete a payment plan before the start of classes.  This payment covers part of our administrative costs, our affiliation fee with Newman University, and supplies for classes.


Textbooks are ordered by the Pastoral Ministry Office. Books are usually available at least a week [and often earlier] before courses start, and at the first class session.  Occasionally, there is a minimal copy fee for supplementary materials that a teacher requests.  Textbook cost are in addition to tuition.


Newman University has graduation in May each year.  Our students are welcome, and encouraged, to participate in the Newman Graduations. For May graduation, course work may be completed either by the end of Fall, Spring or Summer semester of that academic year.

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City celebrates the graduation of all students earning degrees and Archdiocesan diplomas.  This celebration usually takes place in mid-May.


Course Locations

Students may attend at any site. Sites are connected via videoconferencing technology.

  • Catholic Pastoral Center-7501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK  73132
  • Prince of Peace - 1500 Falcon Rd., Altus, OK  73521
  • St. Mary - 115 E Street SW, Ardmore, OK  73401-4735
  • St. Francis Xavier-110 N. Madison, Enid, OK  73702
  • St. Peter Church - 1220 N. Quinn Street, Guymon, OK  73942-0731
  • St. Peter- 2020 Oklahoma Ave., Woodward, OK  73801
  • St. Mary-1218 Knox Ave., Clinton, OK  73601
  • Holy Family-1010 N.W. 82nd St., Lawton, OK  73505

Each semester a schedule of courses along with locations and days/dates is published via email, the Sooner Catholic, and on the Archdiocesan website.  Information on courses can be obtained at any time from the Pastoral Ministry Office, (405) 721-4208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

for information on current course schedules, please visit, click on Ministries offices and go to Pastoral Ministry Office. An abbreviated schedule will be on the front page.

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