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Ministry (AA)

USF students during Mass in the chapel.

Why study ministry?

USF’s Ministry degree program will help you build a faith-based life (and career) serving God and humanity. As a student in the program, you will be introduced to various ministries, as well as the nature and purpose of ministry itself: Ministry proceeds from the heart of the Church. It flows from Jesus, is energized by the Holy Spirit and points to the Father in heaven. Its purpose is to become a doorway into the kingdom of God.

Our curriculum will give you a strong foundation in Theology, the Catholic Church, and Franciscan traditions. You will also participate in real-world experiences, working alongside ministers and other professionals. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to serve in a variety of professional ministries.

Grow Your Faith

USF was a wonderful place to grow my faith. It led me to where I am now and the role I am to play in the greater world. I was hired to teach two weeks after graduation. I was told that the variety of courses and field experiences I had at Saint Francis made me a top candidate.

Julie Murray ’14
Religion Teacher, Service Coordinator, and Volleyball Coach
DePaul Christo Rey High School

Develop Real-World Skills

Field experiences will expose you to the various career options. Our students complete internships at a variety of organizations, including:

  • Diocese of Fort Wayne and South Bend
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • YWCA
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Bishop Luers High School

Go Global

During the summer after my freshman year, I did a three-month internship at a diocese in Mexico. I earned three credits doing mission work at local parishes and helping with youth group retreats. I’ll carry that experience with me always.

Vanessa Vazquez ’18
Ministry and Theology

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USF student, Vanessa Vazquez, studying in front of Brookside on a picnic table.

Travel to See & Heal the World

Ministry students often work closely with USF’s Campus Ministry and Service and Social Action offices on a variety of opportunities and initiatives.

  • Annual Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome. See where Saint Francis lived as a servant of Christ and visit the Vatican
  • Join Cougars for Life and participate in the National March for Life in
    Washington D.C.
  • Spend spring break in Kentucky volunteering with the Christian Appalachia Project
  • Join USF’s annual mission trip to Haiti, Formula for Life

Alumni Success

A degree in Ministry prepares you for a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Pastoral associate
  • Youth Minister
  • Missionary
  • Religion Teacher/Director
  • Hospital Chaplain, and more

USF alumni work at:

  • Covenant House
  • Madonna House Apostolate
  • Reach Youth Ministry
  • and various Catholic Dioceses, parishes, and schools

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

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