St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, a Roman Catholic graduate and professional school of theology, educates and assists women and men in academic, ministerial, interpersonal, and spiritual formation for the purpose of serving the Church through diverse forms of lay and ordained ministries; theological scholarship; and Christian service in society.
St. Bernard’s offers three masters degrees in theology and continuing education opportunities for those seeking professional training, personal enrichment or a deeper understanding of their faith. St. Bernard’s classes are held primarily in the evenings in order to accommodate the needs of part-time adult students.
St. Bernard’s students are women and men from diverse walks of life and religious backgrounds, representing a variety of learning goals. Some are preparing for full and part time positions in lay and ordained church ministry, some for a career in teaching, and some are searching for deeper personal understanding of our rich theological tradition. While the majority of our student’s come from the Roman Catholic tradition, we welcome students from diverse religious affiliations.
Our highly trained and accomplished faculty is comprised of scholars and teachers who are able to bring the Catholic tradition into dialogue with the contemporary church and world. Each is experienced in assisting students not only in the intellectual side of their development, but also in helping students integrate their classroom learning with personal, spiritual and professional development.
St. Bernard’s graduates can be found serving the Church in numerous ways. You will find them ministering as faith formation directors, chaplains, teachers, key members of parish staffs, music ministers, parish leaders, deacons, and youth ministers. Other graduates volunteer their gifts in the Church while serving in other careers.
The main campus for St. Bernard’s is located in Rochester, NY. We have an extension site in Albany, NY. St. Bernard’s also offers classes on the beautiful campus of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY as well as at several video conferencing sites throughout Upstate NY.
St. Bernard’s operates under the original charter of the New York State Department of Education and is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the US and Canada.