(Pictured Above): Sr. Honora Werner, O.P., (far right) instructs the newest Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (D.Min.) cohort at Aquinas Institute of Theology on their first day of class.
The newest Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (D.Min.) cohort at Aquinas Institute of Theology gathered together this week with instructor and Director of the D.Min. Program, Sr. Honora Werner, O.P. This new cohort, comprised of 20 preachers from all over the United States, Canada and Grenada, is the largest one of its kind to date. More importantly, the participants represent a rich diversity of age, theologies, genders and experience, which includes married, ordained, full-time and part-time ministers in several traditions of the Christian Churches.
"Beginning our 20th year of the D.Min. in Preaching program with this cohort represents a blessing for Aquinas Institute and for the Church and beyond," said Sr. Werner, O.P. "The program's success has been due largely to its unique structure designed to serve persons in full-time ministry. Every other year, we accept up to 25 top-notch preachers from around the United States - and even internationally - to form a cohort of learners who proceed through their studies together".
Students complete six core classes one at a time over the next three years in a well-tested model of education that blends on-line and face-to-face learning before launching into two interdisciplinary elective courses of their own choosing, and two more courses to support the completion of a thesis project. The D.Min. program, like all of Aquinas Institute degree programs, is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.