The Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary is owned and operated by the Diocese of Winona as a college level priestly formation program adjacent to the campus of Saint Mary’s University.
The seminary program embraces the graduation requirements of Saint Mary’s University, as well as the academic directives of The Program of Priestly Formation. Philosophy remains the most highly recommended area of concentration for a student preparing for theology school. If, however, he chooses some other appropriate major, he is still required to complete philosophical studies equivalent to thirty semester hours of course work; please see the IHM Philosophy major listing in the Philosophy Department. These philosophy courses meet the requirements of the Bishop’s Committee on Priestly Formation. The Philosophy Department established this course sequence in consultation with the seminary.
Two semesters of elementary Latin are required of all seminarians who have not had at least two years of high school Latin or who still demonstrate a deficiency in the level of Latin expected by theology schools. Seminarians who plan to enter masters programs at the theology level should plan on taking Greek and Hebrew if their schedules allow for it and if the courses are offered.
Most seminarians at Saint Mary's complete their baccalaureate degreein four years. However, a number of seminarians who already possess a baccalaureate degree come to Immaculate Heart of Mary. These men are generally in residence for two years, during which time they complete their philosophy and theology requirements.
(From the 2011-13 Catalog)
In addition to the course of study discussed above, the seminary also requires the following:
The Christian Bible leads to Christ, the mystery of salvation. This course is divided into four parts corresponding to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: professing our faith, celebrating our faith, living our faith, and praying our faith. The primary sources are Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: IHM seminarians only.
Students survey examples from the Pentateuch, Prophetic, Historical and Wisdom texts, their forms, settings and theology. This survey incorporates an appreciation for some basic contemporary interpretive methods. Methods encouraged by Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation are studied.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: TH112, TH113, TH114, or TH115.
Students survey examples of texts from the Pauline, Catholic and Pastoral Epistles, the Gospels and Acts; Hebrews and Revelation are also introduced. Working with the interpretive strategies gained in TH210 Introduction to Old Testament, students begin to assess the dynamics of interpretation through the completion of an exegetical paper.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: TH210.
One elective theology course
Very Reverend Andrew Beerman
Rector, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
Advisor, Pre-Theology Program
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #43
Winona, MN 55987
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 7371