Theological Field Education is a prerequisite and an integral part of the curriculum for diaconal and priestly ordination. It is a guided learning experience, under qualified supervision, that focuses on developing pastoral skills, knowledge, and habits for the work of ministry. The San Diego diocese offers a rich environment for experiencing and participating in ministry in diverse contexts and neighborhoods, and postulants are invited to explore the varied possibilities available. The Rev. Dr. Alex Nagy serves as the Field Education Director.
Spring Parish Placements
Parish Placements take place during the Spring Semester of each academic year.
For Diaconal postulants – two Spring units.
For Priestly postulants – two Spring units.
Spring Field Placements are 12 weeks in duration at 4 hours of field work per week. Placements may be mutually negotiated between October and November. The actual ministry takes place within the 12 week Spring school semester period between January and March.
Spring Parish Placements have three fundamental components:
- practical experiences in the parish setting.
- reflection upon those experiences.
- integration with the postulant’s course work in the School for Ministry.
Summer Field Placements
Summer Field Placements take place during the summer break between academic years at the School for Ministry.
For Diaconal postulants – one summer placement.
For Priestly postulants – two summer placements.
Summer Field Placements are 10 weeks in duration at 20 hours of field work per week. Placements may be mutually negotiated within the 17 week summer break period between the week beginning May 6, 2020 and the week beginning August 26, 2020.
Summer Field Placements have three fundamental components:
- practical experiences in the community.
- work paired with another SFM student.
- maintenance of a weekly blog by both students.