From the Rule of our holy Father St. Columbanus: “What is best in the world? To do the will of the maker. What is this will? That we should do what he has ordered, that is, that we should live in righteousness and seek devotedly what is eternal. How do we arrive at this? By study. We must therefore study devotedly and righteously. What is our best help in maintaining this study? The Intellect, which probes everything and, finding none of the world’s goods in which it can permanently rest, is converted by reason into the one good which is eternal.”

St. Ninian founded at Whithorn in Scotland a monastery which became famous as a school of monasticism within a century of his death. It is reported to have been a rigorous and well respected place of learning, worship, and communal living.

Whithorn School of Theology (WST) is a spiritual continuation of the tradition of Celtic catholic monks of long ago in the education of women and men in the theology and philosophy of the Christian Faith. WST was established as a seminary of Christ Catholic Church Archdiocese of the Prince of Peace under the auspices of the Order of the Shepherd’s Heart, an ecumenical Celtic catholic religious order. Working together in cooperation with the Celtic Christian Church WST offers itself as an educational ministry for the preparation and training of those who have been called to serve God and His Church through ministry and service to others. WST does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or theological beliefs. WST is open to all who wish to avail themselves of its educational services.


Whithorn School of Theology offers course work through distance learning, and in residence at various locations and associate academic institutions. All students will be assigned an academic mentor who will advise and shepherd them through the applicable program or programs. Students are encouraged to maintain close contact with their mentor during enrollment.

A portfolio evaluation to determine the necessary course of study and required courses for a degree will be completed in consultation between the prospective student and the student’s academic mentor of the school.

We recommend our in-house publishing company and bookstore St. Willibrord Press along with Cathedral Books and Gifts for study materials. Other supplemental materials can be arranged between the student and the mentor from a variety of different sources.


Whithorn School of Theology has library capabilities with an 8000 volume on site library, a multi-thousand volume electronic library, and can access various university libraries through the Internet. Special arrangements to conduct research, can be made with various programs in university settings. Details will be furnished upon request.


Class costs are kept to a minimum. WST does not charge credit hour tuition for students but rather courses are “given away” in the ministry and the name of the One who has given all for us: Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

There are, however minimal usual and customary fees and deposits necessary for the continuation of the educational ministry of Whithorn School of Theology. These fees, associated with administrative costs, are relatively straightforward and in most cases, affordable to the average student.

The expense of books and materials needed for each class is the financial responsibility of every student. However, in some instances a refundable Materials and Technology Fee is available for students wishing to borrow books from WST’s vast library facilities.

We endeavor to keep our enrollment extremely liberal where active ministry and life experience really means something as we attempt to nurture an academic community for the courageous and rigorous exchange of intellectual and spiritual ideas of faith while at the same time, discovering new paradigms of being a community of faith in a post-modern world.

“We give with hands overflowing, what we have received with hands empty.” -Rule of the Order of the Shepherd’s Heart.


Whithorn’s school motto: “Theologia Cordis Est Theologia Mentis – Theology of the Heart is Theology of the Mind” reflects our academic philosophy of education, in that it is from the heart, the very residence of Chirst Jesus in our life, where are theology is informed, shaped, and delivered.

The academic colors of Whithorn School of Theology are purple and green which are reminiscent of the thistle, our logo.

The thistle has long been a Christian symbol of earthly sorrow and sin because of the curse pronounced against Adam by God in Genesis 3:17-18. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” The thistle is a thorny plant, and because of its connection with thorns in the passage above, it has also become one of the symbols of the Passion of Christ, and particularly of His crowning with thorns.


By St. Thomas Aquinas

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.