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  • Program Type
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Answer the Church’s call for missionary efforts in regions awaiting a first hearing of the gospel and those needing renewal.

What You’ll Learn

From exploring the fundamental Catholic beliefs to examining cultures with longstanding Christian traditions, you will be trained to form Christian disciples in a post-modern world. You will receive intensive classroom instruction as well as experiential education in supervised ministry settings in area parishes.

Complement Your Major

The catechesis & the new evangelization minor is an ideal complement to a major in theology or Catholic studies.

Strengthen Your Understanding of Servant Leadership

You’ll explore the qualities of the effective servant leader who enables others to serve the Church more effectively.

Gain Practical Experience

Students in our program engage in a practicum in either religious education or youth ministry.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Careers & Outcomes

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This minor is well-suited for students interested in youth ministry, religious education, campus ministry, mission work and evangelization, parish or diocesan communications, and those exploring vocations to the priesthood or religious life.

Career Paths

  • Priest or Religious
  • Youth Ministry Director
  • Religious Educator
  • Parish Communications Specialist
  • Religion Journalist
  • Missionary

Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Bishop Robert Barron, one of the most-followed Catholics on social media, delivers a keynote address at the University of Mary on evangelizing using new media.

Featured Faculty

John Kincaid, PhD

Director of Theology Program , Director, Christian Leadership Center (CLC), Fellow in Catholic Studies

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I received a PhD in theology from Ave Maria University in 2015. Before receiving a PhD, I received a ThM from Duke University, an MA in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a BA in theology from Geneva College. My wife Kristen and I have seven children, Natalie, Jack, Evelyn, Olivia, Gabriella, Mary Grace, and Paul. Before coming to the University of Mary in 2019, I was previously a member of the theology faculty at John Paul the Great Catholic University and at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Christopher D. Collins, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I am a Catholic theologian that focuses on moral theology to help students live out a candid and profound relationship with Jesus Christ. I am concerned with how people are to respond, live, and worship the Triune God who has made himself known to us. I seek to help students see who they are in relation to God: that He cares deeply for them and wants them to live lives of great meaning for themselves, for the Church, and for the world. I am convinced that the universal call to holiness and greatness can be realized in our world today.

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