MA and Certificate Open House | Spirituality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Originally Published on OST.EDU

May 30 | 7pm-8pm CST | Online Only | Free!

Date and time

Thursday, May 30 · 7 – 8pm CDT



About this event

  • 1 hour

May 30 | 7pm-8pm CST | Online Only | Free!


Join us for an open house event showcasing Oblate School of Theology’s MA and Certificate programs in Spirituality. A global leader in Spirituality as an academic discipline, Oblate School of Theology’s MA and Certificate programs are available in-person and online. This event will feature remarks from Fr. Ron Rolheiser followed by a Q&A session with Dr. August Higgins and Allie Tao.

The Master of Arts in Spirituality is an ATS accredited graduate level academic program designed to help students from a variety of Christian religious traditions deepen their understanding of Christian spirituality. Students will study various classical and contemporary Christian spiritual and mystical traditions, movements, and figures. Graduates will be equipped to better understand their own spiritual journey and prepared to be valuable resources for spirituality and renewal centers, parish and retreat work, as well as other spirituality-related faith formation and educational programs in a culturally diverse and globalized world. Students will also be encouraged to participate in cohort integration groups. This program is 36 credits and is available online or face-to-face.

The Certificate in Spirituality Studies provides an in-depth understanding of Christian spirituality that enables students to “draw from the deep wells of the tradition” in order to more carefully respond to their spiritual needs and be in service to others. Students study various Christian spiritual and mystical traditions in order that they might more fully understand the relationship of spirituality to various theological, ethical, ecclesial, and practical concerns. This program is 18 credits and is available online or face-to-face.


Ron Rolheiser, OMI is a Roman Catholic priest, member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and served as president of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas for the fifteen years before retiring from that position in September 2020. He remains a fulltime faculty member at OST. Rolheiser is a theologian, professor, and award-winning author. Apart from his academic knowledge in systematic theology and philosophy, he has become a popular speaker in contemporary spirituality and religion and the secular world. He writes a weekly column that is carried in many newspapers around the world. He is a popular speaker in the areas of contemporary spirituality and religion and the secular world. For more information about Ron and his books visit his website at

August Higgins, PhD, is the Director of the MA and Certificate in Spirituality. His research is in the areas of Evangelical spirituality, philosophy and method, and bridging the divide between academia and local church ministry. He has over 5 years of church ministry experience, and teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level in spirituality, church history and theology. Look for his forthcoming book, The Crisis of Conversion: Reimagining Religious Experience for a Postmodern Evangelical Spirituality. Dr. Higgins graduated from Oblate’s PhD program and received his MDiv from Truett Theological Seminary.

Allie Tao is the Program Assistant for the PhD, MA and Certificate Spirituality. She is currently in the MA Spirituality. She recently completed a 5-year program in Classical Chinese Medicine in Portland, OR and is currently completing her board exams while researching the intersection of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home and Classical Chinese Medicine. Allie has a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine and a BA in History from Pomona College in Claremont, CA.