If you desire to be part of a community which is well grounded in the tradition and which extends Christian hospitality to all, a community in which faith and practice join to form mature Christian leaders, then Seminary of the Southwest is the school for you!
Seminary of the Southwest forms creative leaders for the mission fields of the changing world. Southwest offers a rich intellectual environment and stimulating and challenging community for learning and formation.
The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD is the eighth dean and president of this, the second youngest Episcopal seminary, founded in 1952. Chair of the Board is the Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison, bishop suffragan for the Diocese of Texas.
Southwest provides excellent residential formation for ordained ministry; offers professional master’s degrees to a range of lay professionals in a range of denominations and faith traditions; and serves the church through innovative models for local formation and ongoing training.
The 33 ordination track students (MDiv and DAS) were from 16 dioceses around the country (Alabama, Central Florida, Central Gulf Coast, Colorado, Fort Worth, Idaho, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Northwest Texas, Oklahoma, Rio Grande, Southeast Florida, Texas, West Texas, and Western North Carolina). An Hispanic Church Studies concentration is available to MDiv students who plan a ministry with Spanish speaking and bi-lingual congregations.
Fifty-two lay professionals were enrolled in the master’s programs of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation: Counseling-25, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care-16, and Spiritual Formation-11.
Eight students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Religion, which is the most academic of the seminary’s degrees offering a general studies track or a concentration track for students with a particular interest.
Sixty percent of students receive financial aid for tuition through the seminary’s scholarship aid and work programs. The average scholarship is $7,533 per year.
Graduates of Southwest do God’s work in parishes, dioceses, hospitals, non-profit organizations and in the armed forces and beyond.
Our 1,200 + graduates are serving in 23 countries around the world, including 18 bishops serving in the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion.
Seminary of the Southwest is in the final year of a three-year major gifts campaign to address the needs for faculty endowment, scholarship endowments and annual fund. The Rt. Rev. Claude E. Payne and Mrs. Barbara Payne chair the Campaign for Leadership, which is $2 million shy of its goal of $15.9 million.
The seminary’s annual fund has grown over the past five years from $400,000 to over $750,000 thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the seminary.
The 2013-14 budget is $5.3 million. The annual fund goal is $800,000.
Distinguished scholars and church leaders deliver three major lecture series each year for students, alumni and friends of the seminary.
Blandy Lectures, September 29-30, 2015. The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisley, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island. Bishop Knisely previously served as a priest in Delaware, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, and as dean of the Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been active in a number of ministries with particular focus in the areas of homelessness, communications, college and youth, finance, and ecumenical relations. He taught physics and astronomy for nearly seven years at Lehigh University while he was serving in Bethlehem, PA. The Blandy Lectures are made possible by the Blandy Lecture Endowment Funds.
Payne Lecture, February 11, 2016. Dr. Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Dr. Brown has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her latest book, Rising Strong will be released on August 25, 2015. In Rising Strong, Dr. Brown writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.” She is also the Founder and CEO for The Daring Way ™ – an organization that brings her work on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness to organizations, schools, communities, and families. Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 19 million viewers.
Harvey Lecture, April 4, 2016. Father William ‘Bill’ Miller is an author, speaker, teacher, innovator, priest, bar-owner and dog lover.” (From https://www.facebook.com/williammillerauthor) Author of The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth about Lager, Loving and Living and former priest of the Diocese of Texas, Bill was rector of St. Michael and All Angels on Kauai, Hawaii for nine years. He is currently rector of Christ Church, Covington in the Diocese of Louisiana.