Courses With Practicum
There are numerous courses within the Master of Divinity Program that have an associated practicum.
In the second year of theology, in conjunction with P220 Principles of Religious Education and LS 232 Sacramental Theology, seminarians assist parish RCIA Programs in catechesis and formation, helping people prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
Another second-year course with a practicum component is P231 Pastoral Counseling. In this practicum, students acquire proficiency in basic counseling techniques.
The third year of the formation program at Mount St. Mary's is a pastoral internship year. During that year, seminarians take a course P250 Pastoral Leadership, in which they are asked to show leadership skills through the development of a parish project.
During the fourth and fifth year of theology, seminarians take two courses in parish administration, which while not having an explicit practicum credits are eminently practical in their nature.
In the final year of preparation for the priesthood, seminarians take three courses (P 241 Homiletics II: Preaching at Sunday Mass; LS 235 Eucharistic Theology and Celebration; and LS 236 Sacraments of Healing). P 241 gives the deacon the experience of preaching in the context of Sunday Mass in a parish setting. LS 235 involves training the future priest to celebrate the Mass in a dignified manner. LS 236 trains the future priest to celebrate the sacrament of anointing of the sick and the sacrament of penance and reconciliation through practice scenarios.