M.A. Scholarship Program in Theology

The M.A. Scholarship Program in Theology provides financial assistance to those persons who are studying to become Parish Catechetical Leaders or Pastoral Associates in a parish. Persons who serve in diocesan leadership will also be considered.

Sponsors of the Program
The Diocese of Brooklyn sponsors the program which is administered by the Pastoral Institute.  Financial assistance may be provided by the Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens through the John Paul II Fund for Lay Leadership and the Pastoral Institute Scholarship Fund.

Components of the program
Spiritual Formation
: theological reflection groups, prayer, liturgical life in the parish.
Academic Preparation: the completion of a Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate in Theology, Pastoral Ministry or Religious Studies.

Educational Institutions
Students study at St. John’s UniversityFordham University and St. Joseph’s Seminary (Huntington and Yonkers campuses). St. John’s University and Fordham provide discounted tuition to students who are sponsored by the Pastoral Institute.

Application Process
The application process begins in February of each year.  Interested candidates should contact the Pastoral Institute in order to open a file for inclusion in the scholarship program.

Important information - please read
Review preliminary financial information
Complete a Statement of Interest