Ave Maria University, Naples, FL, plans to open a branch of their Graduate School here in the Twin Cities with the first classes beginning this coming February. They are looking for students right now. Ave Maria is one of the few Catholic institutions of higher learning that have been certified as being in compliance with the Church's "mandatum" requirements certifying that their theology professors are in full communion with the Church and that their theology courses teach authentic Catholic Doctrine and do not conflict with the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church.
Adoro, who blogs at Adoro Te Devote, who would love to be in that first class and wants to make sure it happens and has sent the following information:
Thank you for your interest in the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University!
Our graduate program offers a Masters in Theological Studies in a unique format. Our professors travel to sites around the country to offer classes for one intensive weekend each month, ten months out of the year. Provided we have the class-sizes we anticipate, we will be operating in the following sites in the Fall of 2007: Charleston, Green Bay, Janesville (Diocese of Madison), Kansas City, Naples (Diocese of Venice), Phoenix, St. Louis, St. Paul-Minneapolis, and Sanford (Diocese of Orlando).
It sounds as though you are aware of a special opportunity we are offering in the Diocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. We are offering a one credit course on the Writings of Pope John Paul II next semester. The dates are 2/18, 3/11, and 4/15. Students who take that course will have a lighter load in the fall, and the credit applies to the degree just as it would otherwise. In addition to being open to degree-seeking students, the course will also be open to people who have not yet decided whether to enroll in our program, and for those who are sure they will not seek the degree but just want to study John Paul II. So, if you are aware of others who might be looking for such an opportunity, feel free to spread the word!
If you have any other questions or would like to request an application, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you,
Sincerely in Christ,
Institute for Pastoral Theology
Ave Maria University
1025 Commons Circle
Naples FL 34119