Benefits of a Master’s in Theology—Jesuit Perspective
The Jesuits, also known as the Society of Jesus, are an order of Catholic priests and brothers first established by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1540. Since their inception, the Jesuits have founded a number of institutions including schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries, encouraging education and free thinking as a way to strengthen the belief in God.
A Jesuit’s perspective relating to the benefits of a master’s in theology can be determined from their views on life, spirituality and education. Jesuits believe in the value of cura personalis, or “care of the whole person” in relation to the mind, body, and soul. This belief is a cornerstone of Ignation spirituality and weaved throughout Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership (MATL) curriculum.
Pursuing a master’s degree online provides flexibility to be able to complete the necessary educational requirements, while meeting daily needs both physically and spiritually, thus caring for the whole person as opposed to focusing solely on education. This way you don’t have to put your life on pause while earning your master’s in theology and leadership and you are still able to focus on other aspects of life, not letting other factors fall by the wayside.
The courses students take throughout the program focus on expanding students’ minds, challenging and sharpening their critical thinking abilities, and increasing their overall knowledge of theology and leadership formation. In addition to expanding the mind, the program nurtures and strengthens the soul as well. All students are required to take a course in Ignatian spirituality—a form of spirituality developed by the Jesuits that encourages meditation, reflection, and self-examination to grow spiritually.
Jesuits believe that reformation starts with the self, which is why their educational institutions (like Gonzaga) focus on the development and expansion of the student’s mind and soul, and as a whole person.
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