The past thirty years have witnessed tremendous societal and ecclesial changes that continue to inform ministry education in the 21st century. In Seminary Formation, Katarina Schuth, OSF, examines the many aspects of theologate-level schools including their structures and missions, organization and leadership, student enrollment, backgrounds of both seminarians and lay students, and the evolution and development of degree programs, including human and spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation. Seminary Formation also helpfully includes substantial commentaries on Schuth's research by Ronald Rolheiser, Thomas Walters, Leon M. Hutton, Barbara Reid, and Peter Vaccari.
An exploration of the changes in seminaries and schools of theology, with statistical analysis, from 1985 to the present, Seminary Formation anticipates the challenges ahead and considers new directions for the future.
Katarina Schuth, OSF, PhD, holds the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. Her other books include Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes; Educating Leaders for Ministry: Issues and Responses (with Victor J. Klimoski and Kevin J. O'Neil; Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Transitions; and Reason for the Hope: The Futures of Roman Catholic Theologates.