The Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies was established in 2002 in response to a growing need for programs designed to explore the intersection of faith, culture, and reason in everyday life.
Integrating the academic study of theology with the challenges of ministry in today's Church, the institute furthers the mission of the Elms College as a liberal arts institution with historic and continuing ties to the Diocese of Springfield. In the spirit of Vatican II, the institute serves as a leaven for the Elms College community and for the wider community by supporting the work of people already engaged in, or preparing for, ministry in the Church.
The institute sponsors and coordinates worship experiences, educational and service programs, workshops, conferences, and other initiatives that honor the authentic diversity within the Catholic tradition, including our Mary A. Dooley Lecture Series.
Under the Institute's auspices, candidates for the Master of Arts in Applied Theology degree are mentored by Elms faculty and become part of a caring community of faith and learning.
Non-credit certificate programs in Theology and Pastoral Studies are also offered by the Institute. These programs include a certificate in theological studies, a certificate in pastoral studies, and an advanced certificate in theological and pastoral studies.
In addition to welcoming degree and certificate candidates, the Institute invites persons exercising ministry in the vicinity to participate in Institute programs for a minimal fee.
Located in the historic Gaylord House, the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies provides a gracious setting for people interested in gathering for formal or informal conversation, reading, prayer, or study.