Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University
By virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement between LST and the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University signed on 25 May 2015, LST, while remaining a federated unit in the University as it had been since 1968, was established as the Theology and Ministry Program (TMP) of the School of Humanities.
As the University’s graduate department of theology and ministry, the TMP offers the following degree programs recognized by the Commission on Higher Education of the Republic of the Philippines: Master of Arts major in Theological Studies, Master of Arts major in Pastoral Ministry with specializations in Spirituality and Retreat-Directing, Family Ministry and Counseling, Pastoral Management and Pastoral Ministry; Doctor of Philosophy in Theology; and Doctor of Ministry with specializations in Religious Education, Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care, and Spirituality and Retreat Direction. The Agreement commits LST and the ADMU LS in sharing programs, teachers, resources, facilities, and services insofar as the civil degrees in graduate theology and ministry are concerned. LST continues to grant ecclesiastical degrees, independently of ADMU, by virtue of its status as an Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology, as erected and declared by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education.
East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI) of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
LST with EAPI offers a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and a Licentiate in Spirituality with a field of specialization in Pastoral Leadership & Management. These civil and ecclesiastical degree programs aim to equip Church leaders such as parish priests, formators, religious and lay leaders with the requisite knowledge, skills and practical know-how in Church leadership and management in parish and other ecclesial settings.
Animated by a profound apostolic spirituality, the courses delve into pastoral concerns such as ecclesial leadership spirituality, group leadership skills, developmental planning, financial management, fund raising, and handling conflicts in relationships. A main component of the degree is residential (live-in) program at EAPI, including participation in its community life and modular courses.
Ruben M. Tanseco, SJ Center for Family Ministries Foundation, Inc (RMT-CEFAM)
LST, through the Ruben M. Tanseco, SJ Center for Family Ministries Foundation, Inc, offers a one-year non-degree program for the Professional Diploma in Family Ministries. The diploma program aims to equip priests, ministers, religious brothers and sisters, seminarians, lay-workers and coordinators of family life apostolate for the pastoral care of couples and families. Together with RMT-CEFAM, LST also offers a civil Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry with field of specialization in Family Ministry and Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care. RMT-CEFAM has pioneered in the psycho-spiritual approach to helping families cope with the challenges of modern life, adjust to change, deal with crises, and thrive so that they become resources for their loved ones, their communities and for the nation.
Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC) and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
The instruction Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi states: “Episcopal Conferences will likewise entrust to Catholic university faculties in their territories the task of studying the various aspects of migration more thoroughly for the benefit of concrete pastoral service for migrants. Compulsory courses of theological specialization could also be programmed for this purpose” (EMCC, 71). To answer this call, LST, the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-EMCI), and the Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC) have established a special 5-course program in Migration Theology.
Center for Ignatian Spirituality Philippines (CIS)
The Guides Formation Institute of CIS seeks to form, train, and network retreat guides and spiritual directors following the tradition guided by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. The Formation Institute offers modular training courses which help individual obtain a good conceptual map of the dynamics of Ignatian prayer, the Spiritual Exercises and Spiritual Direction as well as good instruction and supervision as they get initiated into the actual practice of the ministry of retreat giving and spiritual direction. CIS modules may be taken by LST students for credit.
Catholic Safeguarding Institute (CSI) of the Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation, Inc.
The Catholic Safeguarding Institute (CSI) of the Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation, Inc. offers Pioneering Programs on the Safeguarding of Minors and Vulnerable Adults in the Catholic Church. The program consists of three (3) modules entitled “An Orientation to Safeguarding”, “Safeguarding Protocols and Guidelines Writeshop”, and “Safeguarding and Formation for Formators”. Emmaus Center is an affiliate of LST, offering the following courses: Fundamentals of Human and Christian Formation, Growing in Religious Vows, Assessment Skills in Formation, Basic Concepts in Psycho-Sexual Formation, and Formative Processing Skills.
Jesuit Communications Philippines (Jescom)
Jescom, the communications arm of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, offers a course on the Ministry of the Word at LST. The seminar-workshop course with practicum endeavors to equip students with necessary skills in effectively carrying out the Ministry of the Word in its various traditional and contemporary forms. The course includes modules on faith and media, public speaking and communication skills, presentation techniques, handling the media, hosting and interviewing skills, the practice and spirituality of preaching, homiletics, story-telling, etc.
Sacred Springs Dialogue Institute of Spirituality and Sustainability
Sacred Springs Dialogue Institute of Spirituality and Sustainability is an institute within the Loyola School of Theology that assists the school in fulfilling its mission of theological reflection and formation, geared towards bringing justice to the poor and healing to sacred earth. Challenged by the growing ecological crisis and impelled by the call of Pope Francis for ecological conversion, Loyola School of Theology is now offering a Certificate Program in Integral Ecology consisting of five (5) three-unit courses. This program addresses the urgent environmental issues and explores alternative perspectives and lines of action. Following the insights of Pope Francis’ Encycical Laudato Si’, it uses the lenses of Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology and Interreligious Spirituality to reflect on the political, cultural, economic and scientific aspects of the damage we have inflicted on our common home.