Oblate School of Theology

“Dedicated to the teaching of spirituality, diversity and ministry.”

Description of PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Spirituality degree is an Oblate initiative in response to an expressed interest and hunger for graduate formation in Spirituality. More and more people are interested in Spirituality and are seeking advanced academic training in the area. Few existing doctoral-level programs in Spirituality focus specifically on the long, deep, and rich history of the Judeo-Christian traditions in prayer, mysticism, and spiritual guidance. This program serves the church and society in an important way by providing doctoral-level scholars in the areas of prayer, mysticism, spiritual discernment, and spiritual guidance.  The goal is to immerse each student in the history and tradition of classical Christian Spirituality so as to give him or her the tools to assess religious experience, critically evaluate contemporary movements within Spirituality, help mentor others spiritually, do scholarly research and publishing in the area of spirituality, and develop a vocabulary to articulate both the human spirit and divine revelation more effectively.

The Doctoral Program in Spirituality produces scholars with comprehensive knowledge of the overall discipline as well as a specialization in at least one particular area of Christian Spirituality. The specific approach is academic and theological from the Roman Catholic tradition, with openness to ecumenical and inter-religious perspectives.

The goal is to immerse each student in the history and tradition of classical Christian Spirituality so as to give him or her the tools to assess religious experience, critically evaluate contemporary movements within Spirituality, help mentor others spiritually, do scholarly research and publishing in the area of spirituality, and develop a vocabulary to articulate both the human spirit and divine revelation more effectively.

Tuition and Housing Costs

Tuition is covered by financial aid for all PhD students. There is no cost for tuition. Temporary housing on campus is available. Please contact the school at info@ost.edu for current housing costs.

Tuition Assistance

PhD students have their tuition covered by financial aid. Some are designated as Presidential Scholars. In addition to the tuition waiver, PhD students receive an annual $5,000 stipend.

Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty

Dr. Renata Furst
Professor of Scripture and Spirituality

Dr. Rodolfo Felíces Luna
Assistant Professor of Scripture

Dr. Leopoldo Pérez, OMI
Associate Professor of Pastoral Conseling

Hispanic Centers and Programs

MEXICAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC COLLEGE, Dr. Bryan Silva, OMI
Oblate School of Theology enjoys a special relationship with the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) in San Antonio. Collaborative research into Hispanic pastoral and theological issues benefits both institutions and their students. Certain approved courses at MACC can be taken for graduate credit.

Library Resources-Special Collections

The Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library (DEOL) is a resource center that acquires materials in those areas which relate to the curriculum and programs of Oblate School of Theology (OST), as well as materials designed for scholarly research in theological subject fields, and organizes those materials for efficient intellectual and physical retrieval.

Through the provision of its collection development and database subscriptions, DEOL provides for the informational needs of the students, faculty, administration, and staff of the School in matters relating to the performance of their functions at OST.

To assist those it serves in obtaining access to informational resources which are not a part of its collection, the Library participates in resource- sharing activities in both a local and a national level, including the utilization of computerized bibliographic services.

The Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library holds approximately 85,000 plus volumes in its 17,000 square-foot facility, which consists of three floors in its west wing and three floors in its north wing.

The north wing consists of the main entrance, the circulation desk, a patron-resource center, and reading area. The second and third floors house the circulating collection. Study areas throughout the library are also available.

The west wing of the library houses the Periodical Reading Room that displays about 400 scholarly and popular journals and periodicals. This floor also holds special collections that feature items such as thesis/ dissertations of our faculty and alumnae, the Loeb Classic Library, Penguin Classics, and other artifact- specific collections.

This wing also holds the reference room that is rich in research materials geared and maintained for the theology student and research scholar. The area holds biblical commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances. The Fathers’ Room houses collections specific to the writings of the Fathers of the Church, like the Latin and Greek Migne Collections, and the Sources Chretiennes. The Basement in this wing houses religion/theology bound journals like Acta Apostolicae Sedis, American Catholic Studies Journal, Aztaln: Journal of Chicano Studies, Biblical Interpretation to mention a few.

Aside from the main library building, the DEOL houses other libraries on the campus of Oblate School of Theology. These libraries include the Archives Library, Special and Rare Book Library, and an Offsite Library.

The Lebh Shomea Project entails incorporating the library holdings at the Oblate Lebh Shomea House of Prayer in Sarita, Texas into the DEOL catalog.

The DEOL doors are open to the local community as well as researchers. These patron groups may apply for library privileges.

HTI Scholars

Raquel Feagins

Nathan Aaron Garcia

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Oblate School of Theology is:

Name:     John Markey, O.P.
Title:        Director of PhD Program
Phone:    210-341-1366 x288
Email:      jmarkey@ost.edu