A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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LST's Licentiate in Sacred Theology program with a field of specialization in Spirituality and Leadership is a joint endeavor of LST and East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI). Students admitted to this STL program also participate in EAPI's Pastoral Leadership and Management for Mission Program (PLMM) as residential (live-in) students from January to June.

Yearly, the EAPI houses around seventy men and women from different parts of the world – laity, religious and clergy – who live together as an international community, and take time to be in the programs that suit their specific needs for personal renewal, a “spiritual pause and review of life”, growth and greater effectiveness in their ministries as pastoral ministers and leaders of communities.

Students enrolled in this program may apply for partial scholarships the terms of which can be arranged with Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., Director of EAPI, through the following contact information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; tel. no. (+ 632) 426-5901 to 03.
LST-EAPI also currently offers a civil degree Master of Arts major in Pastoral Ministry with a field of specialization in Pastoral Management. Click here for more information.


Program Description

The program is designed to effect transformational change in the pastoral leaders’ perspective and behavior as they learn new insights on the theology, spirituality, theory and practice of pastoral leadership as well as practical management skills geared towards a more effective  and efficient service in their communities.

The various courses combine knowledge of theories, theological-spiritual reflections and experiential approaches to ensure integral formation of the participants. The program also highlights the nature, facets and processes of the disciplines of leadership and management and their necessary convergence to help pastoral leaders achieve their goals.

Admission Requirements
For admission into the program, applicants must hold a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B), issued by an ecclesiastical faculty of theology. They must also have at least a general average of 2.0 (B+). Those who have finished three or four years of theology from a school of theology that does not offer the S.T.B. may still qualify for the S.T.L. program provided they have the same average grade as above.
Course Work

The program requires around three semesters of course work in which the student must successfully complete seven (7) three-unit courses on spirituality and leadership (21 units). A methodology course is also required. These courses are offered by EAPI in its Pastoral Leadership and Management for Mission Program (PLMM) and by Loyola School of Theology:

Theo Meth 301 Methods and Materials of Research: Academic Writing
Theo Meth 302 Methods and Materials of Research: Library Research
Theo 375     Leadership: A Pastoral Approach
Theo 375.1  Leadership in Context
Theo 375.2  Leadership Ethics for Pastoral Care
Theo 375.3  Leadership for Mission
Theo 375.4  Management: A Pastoral Approach
Theo 375.5  Management Skills for Pastoral Leaders
Theo 391     Apostolic Spirituality or Theo 393 Discernment and Spiritual Direction


Four other courses (12 units) are taken as electives by the student from a list of available spirituality courses at Loyola School of Theology. With the permission of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, other courses may be taken as electives.


The STL program requires a working knowledge of three languages: at least one modern language, besides English, i.e., German, Italian, French, or Spanish; and at least 1 ancient language, i.e., Latin, Hebrew or Greek. The requirements may be satisfied either by [a] taking language courses of two semesters each language in any university/college, provided that at least a grade of B is attained; or by [b] passing a proficiency test administered by LST in any or all of these languages. 

Comprehensive Examination

After successfully completing the STL course work, the student must pass an oral comprehensive examination.

Thesis and Defense

The STL program requires the writing and successful defense of a tesina or thesis. The thesis grows out of the work of the courses taken in the Pastoral Leadership and Management for Mission (PLMM) at EAPI and presents the principal work of the program. Besides the usual research thesis, the tesina may take the form of a Ministry Project that responds to a particular pastoral need or problem.

Description of Courses in the Field of Specialization

Theo 375 Leadership: A Pastoral Approach

Modules: Shepherd-Leadership, Self-Leadership for Relationships, Authority and Power for Pastoral Care, Creating a Sanctuary for Transformation

This course provides the participants with an understanding of the distinctiveness and plurality of pastoral leadership and followership and test these understandings against their own experiences within the local cultural context.   

Theo 375.1 Leadership in Context

Modules: Vatican II: A New Understanding of Leadership, Doing Social Analysis with Social Teaching of the Church, Cross-Cultural Leadership for A Global Church, SHE Leadership in a Male Context

This course provides the participants with insights on how the study of the context determines
one’s leadership style and help discern which approach to leadership is necessary for transformation and conversion at a particular time in history.
Theo 375.2 Leadership Ethics for Pastoral Care

Modules: Virtue Ethics for Leadership in a Multi-Cultural  Communities, Formation of A Caring Character, The Development of an Authentic Leader, Moral Standards for Church Leaders

This course provides the participants with ethical principles that would enable them to make compassionate decisions and take moral actions that can be considered as good and right in their cultures.    

Theo 375.3 Leadership for Mission

Modules: Religious Leadership Today, Participatory Leadership in a Hierarchical Church, Reclaiming Jesus’ Mission in Asia/Pacific, Leading Spirituality in Secular World

This course provides the participants with a contemporary understanding of mission and church and how these should influence pastoral leaders’ attitudes, skills, and knowledge.   
Theo 375.4 Management: A Pastoral Approach

Modules: Mystery and Mission, Spirituality and Structures, Money and Ministry, Conflicts and Human Resources

This course provides the participants with present ecclesial paradoxes, theological foundations, organizational principles, and pastoral skills to enable them to effectively manage their ministries.

Theo 375.5 Management Skills for Pastoral Leaders

Modules: Evaluating the Ecclesial Community, Pastoral Plans through Participation, Writing a Project Proposal, Handling Paradoxes With Joy

This course provides the participants with skills and best practices from the secular world to equip them to respond to new tensions related to leadership and management of resources.
Theo 391 Apostolic Spirituality    

This course offers a theological exploration of apostolic spirituality in terms of its three-fold dynamic as conversion, commitment and communion. The apostolic orientation of each dynamic is considered from its biblical foundations, subsequent historical developments and its various anthropological, Christological, ecclesiological, sacramental and eschatological aspects. Since apostolic spirituality seeks to encounter God who labors in every person and in everything, the course concludes with a strategy of discernment to help persons grow as a contemplative in action today.
Theo 393 Discernment and Spiritual Direction

The course is a study of Ignatian discernment in the context of spiritual and retreat direction. It begins by clarifying the meaning of discernment and traces the development of the idea and practice of discernment in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The course then studies the rules of Ignatian discernment as presented in Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and considers their applicability to concrete decision making situations (viz., vocation discernment, communal discernment). The course then concludes with a discussion of the process of maturing in both prayer and discernment.