Using Your Degree

Using Your Degree

Theology majors pursue a range of careers that tap their passion for theological studies and service leadership. Some theology majors simultaneously earn a certificate in Pastoral Ministry or Catechetical Ministry (LINKS), which prepares them to guide and care for parishioners or offer religious education. Graduates also take the master’s level Spiritual Direction certificate program (LINK) to learn to provide spiritual companionship, mentoring and guidance for individuals and groups.

"At St. Kate’s, I learned to value women's ways of leading." — alumna Kate Brantingham

St. Kate’s alumnae include:

  • Mary Stommes, editor of theological books for Liturgical Press in Collegeville, Minnesota.
  • Elizabeth Kautz, city of Burnsville mayor and president of the US. Conference of Mayors, which advises President Obama.
  • Kathleen Rea Hanousek, co-founder of Clair House for AIDS patients. She received the St. Catherine Alumnae Award for her community work.
  • Kay Umhoefer VanderVort is a spiritual director at Loyola Spiritual Direction Resource Place in St .Paul, and founding coordinator of St. Catherine’s graduate spiritual direction certificate program.
  • Carolyn Leep Allard facilitates grief groups.

Graduate School

Your theology degree from St. Kate's will also open doors for graduate work in theology and other fields, including psychology, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy and medical technology. Look where advanced degrees took these theology majors.

  • Lori Mathiowetz earned a master of arts degree in theology from St. Kate’s, along with a certificate in spiritual direction. Now she is a spiritual director who teaches mindfulness meditation and yoga, and leads mission trips to Guatemala.
  • Marie Mageary Saracen earned a master’s degree from Fairfield University in marriage and family therapy and is now a self-employed marriage and family therapist.
  • Andrea Klein Begmann is pursuing graduate work in conflict resolution at Georgetown University. She studied Hebrew in Israel and won St. Kate’s prestigious award for writing, the Helen B. Lemmer Memorial Award in Honor of Mother Antonia McHugh.