SCHOOLS - INSTITUTIONS EDUCATIVES - ISTITUZIONI EDUCATIVE
"Sacred Heart School of Theology"
7335 S. Hwy 100
P.O. Box 429 Hales Corners, WI 53130-0429
Phone: (414) 425-8300
Sacred Heart School of Theology will begin its 75 th anniversary year in the fall of 2007. The Provincial Superior is the ordinary of SHST and president of its Board of Directors. Currently there are three additional SCJs on the board. For the last half of its existence it has served as a second-career seminary. What began as the Center for Adult Religious Vocations (CARV) in the late 1960s, expanded to a national seminary for diocesan and religious second-career vocations by 1972.
The program places stress on developing a love for the Eucharist as well as an appreciation for the Church's rich tradition in Justice and Peace both in theory and practice through such programs as the monthly Soup & Substance luncheons. The twice-yearly Dehon Lectures bring nationally known experts in theology and related disciplines to the seminary.
In addition to the priestly formation program, SHST offers a Master of Arts in Theology degree to both religious and lay students. It also opens its classrooms to individuals wishing to delve deeper into their faith life by taking a course or two during the academic year.
In 1987 an important new program was added, the English as a Second Language program (ESL), and along with it, the Focused Missiology Program. ESL has served the needs of the Priests of the Sacred Heart through its three-month summer course as well as the full-length semester program, especially appealing to SCJs preparing for missionary service. Since its inception over 400 SCJs from all parts of the congregation have been served. First designed for the benefit of the SCJs, ESL has expanded to include diocesan seminarians, as well as religious from the Milwaukee area. An annual highlight at SHST is the fall Cultural Fair put on by ESL students exhibiting the culture, food and traditions of their countries.
With the fall 2006 academic year, the school embarked on a collaborative program with Saint Francis de Sales Seminary for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in which Sacred Heart provides the intellectual formation of Milwaukee seminarians while the spiritual, human and pastoral formation continue to be provided at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.
Enrollment for the fall 2006 semester breaks down as follows:
- Seminarians (average age 44) 106
- Master of Arts in Theology 21
- ESL/Focused Missiology 22
- Non-Degree Students 26
- Total 175
Funding for SHST comes from fees (tuition, room and board), special gifts, interest income and a grant from the Priests of the Sacred Heart; Sacred Heart Monastery Development Office is responsible for fund raising for the school. In the current fiscal year the province grant provides approximately 49% of the school's income.
Finally, we wish to point out that the stability of our staff is one of the key elements to providing a quality education to our seminarians and students. The average full-time faculty member has 15 years of service at SHST. Included in our faculty are six full-time SCJs: Charles Brown, Charles Bisgrove, Thomas Cassidy, Jan de Jong, Paul Grizzelle-Reid and James Walters; and one part time SCJ, Michael van der Peet. During the fall semester SHST has the services of Marcello Neri, scj, of the North Italian Province , offering electives in Mariology and The Heart of Jesus: Devotion and Doctrine.
December 15, 2006