Ministerial Formation

At Barry University, your ministerial training within the Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry program will be supported throughout your studies.

You will develop a personal thick description, complete a formation log, and conduct an assessment of your ministerial skills, defining for yourself areas in which you wish to grow. A number of approaches will be used to help you reach your goals including, theological reflection groups, interviews/conversations, workshops, retreats, spiritual direction, communal prayer, suggested reading, films and other activities.

Throughout this process, you will be encouraged to embrace the critical skills of listening, reading, thinking, questioning, and writing, thereby developing and honing communication skills essential for effective pastoral ministry. The process will help you further define your ministerial identity and vocation by identifying the transformative effect of your studies and experiences on your understanding of self and ministry.

Contact Us. If you would like to know more, you can request information or ask us a question online. You can also contact us at 305-899-3469 or 1-800-756-6000, ext. 3469 or email