Graduate School of Theology and Program of Catholic Studies
at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 E Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
GST is a division of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
The Seminary's main website can be found here: www.scs.edu
GST serves Catholic lay men and women, as well as religious, priests, deacons, and the general public.
GST offers three levels of Catholic study programs:
The internationally-recognized, fully-accredited Master of Arts (MA) degree in Sacred Theology is rooted in a thorough study of Systematic Theology while also providing courses within the various fields of theological inquiry, including Thomistic, Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, Sacramental, Moral, Spiritual, Patristic, Ecclesiological, and Mariological studies.
Answering the Church's call to establish international institutes for training in pastoral catechetics (GDC 251), GST established the undergraduate Vatican-endorsed Diploma in Theology to assist the Church in her evangelical mission of handing on the Good News of the truth and love of Jesus Christ and His Church. This college-level theology program at GST prepares students for entry-level teaching, service, and administration in the Church. This program is fully accredited by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and is thus recognized by all the dioceses in the United States.
This program offers a theological core in the foundation stones of the Faith (OT, NT, Church History, Creed, Sacraments, Morality, Prayer) and a practicum to help students gain experience in ministry.
It also offers students an opportunity to study a particular specialization in preparation for service to the Church, including in religious education (for directors of religious education or teachers of Catholic formation in Catholic schools), liturgical studies (for those who serve on liturgical planning teams), Christian initiation (R.C.I.A.), marriage & family, and youth ministry. Students may also earn a unique certificate of specialization in Ministry to Black Catholics (MBC) to prepare them for ministry and pastoral leadership to Black Catholic communities.
III. Catechetical and Church Ministry Institutes
GST has two institutes, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in catechesis and Church ministry that are rooted in Sacred Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Catechetical Institute at GST provides the eight (8) required courses for the certification program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Catechetical Formation. This program is suited for parish catechists and elementary Catholic school teachers (who are required to seek the certification in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia). It is also provided for those who simply want to grow in their faith.
One night a week - multiple locations (4 sessions per course)
Join a small faith community 3-year certificate program of prayer, faith sharing, faith formation, retreats, theological reflection, ministry projects, and ministry skills training.
One night a week - multiple locations (6 sessions per course)
GST Summer Program - Graduate and Undergraduate
GST offers a 6-week summer program (usually the end of June through July), that is open to all lay and religious students. Students may continue their studies from the fall/spring semesters through the summer or they may enroll in the summer only program.
Integrating theological studies into the daily rhythm of Religious life serves to enhance and broaden the academic experience and spiritual renewal of our Religious students. It also gives full meaning and coherence to one's vocation and propels the student to deeper love of Christ and the Church. Our summer program for Religious forms each student both intellectually and spiritually, and includes recreational opportunities and optional outing and pilgrimage events. It is open to religious, consecrated, and priests. Students may take the courses toward a masters degree or audit courses for personal enrichment.
In addition, our campus provides the necessary spiritual environment to allow the Religious to faithfully meet the obligations of their vows and daily prayer life, including the Liturgy of the Hours, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and daily Mass. Our beautiful campus and facilities make the transition from the home community to study at GST seamless.
The Religious who stay on campus are housed on a private residence hall floor where each student has their own room and bath. Meals are provided daily. There is a common room on the floor and many other common areas in the residence hall such as a TV room, a lounge, a kitchen, and a reading room. The Religious communities are welcome to organize their own schedule within the framework of the spiritual program and meals offered by GST.