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Our graduates are prepared for a diverse range of careers — from ministers or religious educators and ethicists in ethics centers to teachers and chaplains in hospitals, parish nurses, hospice and prison ministries.

engstromAfter completing her MA in Applied Theology, Elizabeth Engstrom opened Love and Mercy Ministries to provide nondenominational spiritual care. Read more...


U.S. Army veteran Suzanne Carey completed her Master of Divinity at Marylhurst and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Ministry at Catholic
University of America in Washington, DC.

ross swansonApplied theology alum Linda Ross Swanson is
a certified grief and loss counselor and recently published a book Wisdom under the Bridges. Read more... 

backstromApplied theology alum Kirsten Backstrom is now the founding director of Compass Dreamwork, and a spiritual director and certified dream work facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work. Read more...

abramovitzMaster of Divinity alum Rob Abramovitz is an independent management consultant. For several years he has served as a "rabbi to business," helping organizations create self-defining stories that go far beyond mission statements and business plans to help employees work more effectively.  

feltonAfter completing her MA in Applied Theology and her MAIS from Marylhurst, Jerilyn E. Felton went on the complete her Doctor of Ministry at George Fox. She focuses on canine-assisted ministry and pastoral/spiritual care. Read more...

Barbara Quinn, an artist and business owner, earned a Master in Divinity from Marylhurst University, focusing on wilderness tradition. She says her studies help inform her activism. Read more...

After earning our Master of Divinity, Ruth Worley-Rizk serves as a chaplain at the Oregon State Hospital and is working on her Ph.D. Read more...

Therese Vorndran Nichols, applied theology alum, has published several textbooks for St. Mary's Press including Lectionary-Based Gospel Dramas, Vols. 1 and 2, covering the full liturgical year cycle. Therese is working on a musical drama called, And Jesus Said. Read more...

After completing her Master of Applied Theology, Catherine Rolling continued on in her tradition's ordination process. She currently serves at Glade Church in Blacksburg, Virginia as Acting Minister as well as for the United Church of Christ and Alliance of the Baptist Church.

Our Master of Applied Theology alum, Terrance Edward Tutor is now the Very Reverend Christian Canon Tutor, OSA, the Dean and Canon Liturgist of St. Mary of the Diocese of the Northeast for the Anglican Church in America of the Traditional Anglican Communion. He represents the United States in the dialogues with the Vatican for full
communion, offers parish ministry as priest and provides pastoral outreach.

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Dr. Eunice Schroeder, religious studies faculty, was featured in The Columbian in January 2014, in a write-up about her annual New Year's Day labyrinth walk.

Garry Jost Presents at International Conference

Dr. Garry Jost presented at the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore in November 2013.


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May 01, 2014

May Day Labyrinth Walk: Walking Mary's Web

You are invited to walk the labyrinth, also known as Mary's Web. In the peaceful ambiance of Hemlock Room in Marylhurst's Villa Maria, walk our ind...


June 07, 2014

Thesis Presentation Day: Graduate Religious Studies

Join the Graduate Religious Studies community for Thesis Presentation Day, celebrating the achievements of our students. The 2014 candidates for ...


June 13, 2014

Hooding Ceremonies: Master's Degree Candidates

The Hooding Ceremony provides a special focus on advanced degree candidates and their accomplishments. Each graduate department will organize a h...


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