Master of Arts in Celtic Christianity


Céad míle fáilte romhat!

Whithorn School of Theology is proud to announce that beginning in the fall term of the academic school year of 2015 WST, in furthering our mission as a Celtic Christian based school of theology, will offer a new graduate degree program:

Master of Arts in Celtic Christianity (M.A.C.C.)

The Christian Church, as it spread into the Celtic lands of the western part of Europe, developed its own particular traits as it influenced, and was influenced by, the Celtic peoples of those lands. This program, building upon the history of the Celtic peoples, studies the Celtic culture and the Christian Church that served it, showing forth all its richness and depth, and at the same time points to the values it can contribute to our Christian life today.

Organization of the program:

– For each topic the student will read one or more books as assigned.
– The student will then write a reflective report on each book read.
– The topics in Parts 1 and 2 are required for all students.
– Each completed topic earns three credits.
– The final research paper earns five credits.
– To be granted the degree the student must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits.

Section 1 – History of the Celts

1. Early history (before Christianity)
2. Celtic Christianity
3. Celtic monasticism
4. Brehon laws

Section 2 – The Celtic Christian Church

1. Celtic Mythology
2. Celtic Christian religion
3. Irish penitentials

Section 3 – Elective Areas of Study

1. Celtic theology
2. Celtic spirituality
3. Spiritual direction in Celtic spirituality
4. Celtic liturgies
5. Celtic saints
6. Celtic holy places
7. The voyage of Brendan the Navigator
8. The Pelagian controversy
9. The theology of John Scotus Eriugena
10. Celtic Christian communities today
11. Other areas of study are possible, at the request of the student

Section 4 – Research and Reflection Paper

Length: 20-30 pages
Topic: student’s choice.

Please contact our Department of Admissions for any questions you might have regarding the new degree, Masters of Arts in Celtic Christianity. Thank you so much.

Rath Dé ort!

Creation of St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence

On this November 18, 2014, the Feast of St. Karl Prüter, Whithorn School of Theology would like to announce the blending of several interdisciplinary departments to create St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence.

This project was first envisioned when Bp. Karl Prüter joined our faculty and staff during our initial formation process. It was Bp. Karl’s dream to put together a “peace academy” of sorts, to offer peace studies and applicable conflict resolution skills alongside a traditional seminary education with which to better equip future ministers to follow the Prince of Peace.

In an effort to to recognize and demonstrate the symbiotic and interdependent nature of justice, peace, and the practice of compassion, the staff and faculty of WST went a step further in combining three separate departments, Pastoral Studies, Peace Studies, and Queer Studies, in order to bring a certain focus and understanding to some of the larger issues and needs of the pastorate in our twenty-first century church.

St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence will be staffed by select administration and faculty from Whithorn School of Theology and will form an integral part of the educational offerings and continuing programs at WST.

Dean of St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence
The Rt. Rev. Brian Ernest Brown, OSH

Department Chair of Pastoral Studies
The Rev. Fr. John Spiesman, Ed.D.

Department Chair of Peace Studies
The Rt. Rev. Brian Ernest Brown, OSH

Department Chair of Queer Studies
The Rev. Reg Richburg, MSW,LSW

May St. Karl Prüter pray for us and may God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit continue to bless Whithorn School of Theology now and always. Amen!

St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence