Answer the Call to Serve: Pastoral Ministry!

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry prepares you for professional roles of Christian service within a faith community or in other settings where people are in need.  Pastoral ministers are privileged to walk with people at significant moments of their lives – sacramental preparation, the passages of youth and young adulthood, illness, bereavement, trauma, loss, birth, and death.  They serve in parishes, hospitals, hospice centers, nursing facilities, prisons, and on campuses.  A great need going forward, especially as our society ages, is for certified lay chaplains to bring the presence of Christ to the aged, the imprisoned, the dying – all those facing the great mysteries of life’s journey.  If you feel the call to offer your gifts and talents in order to make a difference where there is great need, consider Pastoral Ministry at Madonna.

Degrees Offered


Student Success

Marianne Burnett and Therapy Dog

Marianne Burnett

Pictured here with therapy dog “Winston,” Marianne, MAPM '14, was hired by Beaumont Health, Dearborn, as a Staff Chaplain immediately after graduation.  She is now their Director of Spiritual Care Services.  She was instrumental in developing a bereavement program for the hospital, which includes a holiday grief workshop, a memorial tree, and a 6 week bereavement support group running several times per year.  As the designated Palliative Care Chaplain at her hospital, she visits patients every day who are at the end of their lives, providing them an outlet and support for the difficulties they face.

“My Madonna education is the reason I have achieved my career goals.  Since graduating from Madonna, I have been a healthcare chaplain, which is what my intention was when I joined the MAPM program.  While there, I also obtained the Graduate Certificate in Bereavement.  I am Board Certified, as well as Advanced Certified in Palliative and Hospice Chaplaincy – an elite designation, and I am one of only 25 such chaplains in the country.

"I am proud of the education I received at Madonna!”


Graduate Certificate: Bereavement: Trauma, Loss and Grief

Completion of the three courses within this specialty certificate serves as a tool kit for those who work with grieving individuals and families experiencing traumatic loss or significant life changing events who are seeking support and validation in the process of healing.

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Graduate Certificate: Hospice and Palliative Studies

The hospice and palliative studies certificate is recommended for students who wish to supplement an existing graduate degree and/or those desiring to enhance their knowledge base for advanced work within the field of hospice and palliative care.

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Faculty Bios

Jane E. LinahanAssociate Professor and Chair

Ph.D., Marquette University

M.A., University of Detroit

M.A., University of Pittsburgh

B.F.A., University of Detroit


734-432-5657, Room 2420

Jane E. Linahan

Dr. Linahan joined the Madonna family in 2013 and serves as the Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department. Prior to coming to Madonna, she was a visiting associate professor at Saint Bonaventure University in Western New York for five years. For seven years prior to that, she was a member of the faculty of St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, where she served as the Interim Academic Dean for one year. She completed her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Marquette University, with a concentration in Systematic Theology and secondary emphases in Biblical and Historical Theology.

Her theological interests are in the areas of Christology, Trinitarian theology, theology of the Holy Spirit, Christian Anthropology, Creation, early Franciscan theology (particularly Bonaventure), and questions regarding the relation of God to the created order. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with several of these areas through the lens of a theology of kenosis (the divine self-emptying), which she has continued to explore in subsequent articles. She is active in the College Theology Society, currently serving on its Awards Committee after having served for four years as convener/co-convener of its Systematic Theologies section.

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Robert MicallefAssistant Professor

M.A., California State University Dominquez Hills

B.A., Madonna University


734-432-5759, Room 2408

Robert Micallef

Prof. Robert Micallef is an instructor in the RST and Philosophy department. He completed his MA at California State University in 1995. He joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 1996. He teaches in the area of ethics and he is the lead instructor in several professional ethics courses. His interests include the impact of climate change on politics, the ethical impact of breakthroughs in biogenetics, neo-apartheid social division, migration, stateless human populations, the resurgence of contemporary fascism, natural rights theory, alternative political theory, continental philosophy, critical theory, film as moral philosophy, the contemporary novel, world literature, and science fiction as philosophy.

Robert is actively engaged in the philosophy community through active membership in various organizations and study groups, where he edits and reviews research for various publishers and journals. He is currently part of a group organizing faculty research colloquiums and ‘philosophy on tap’ as a way to resurrect Public Philosophy. He is active in a community outreach program where he lectures on philosophical topics to senior citizens. His research is focused on the area of ideology, psychological denial and how they distort our perceptual models of reality and compromise ethical judgment.

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Monica M. MillerAssociate Professor

Ph.D., Marquette University

M.A., Loyola University

B.S., Southern Illinois University


734-432-5812, Room 1308

Monica M. Miller

Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller is an Associate Professor of religious Studies, a full-time member of the Madonna Religious Studies Department since 2004. Her specialty is Systematic Theology and Catholic Moral Theology.

Dr. Miller is a nationally recognized theologian, with 4 published books, including "Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church". Her interests include Sacraments and Liturgy, Ecclesiology, Christology, Christian Spirituality, Moral Theology, and Church History.

Dr. Miller is also the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society. She has taught Theology since 1986 at various Catholic institutions of higher education. Dr. Miller is married to Edmund Miller, and has three college-aged adult children.

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Rev. Charles M. MorrisAssistant Professor

M.U.P., Wayne State University

M.Div., St. John Provincial Seminary

M.A., University of Michigan

B.A., Oakland University


734-432-5562, Room 2416

Rev. Charles M. Morris

Rev. Morris has been a full time faculty member of Madonna University in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy since 2013. Prior to his full time status Rev. Morris served as adjunct faculty at Madonna from 2010 to 2012. Rev. Morris is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit and came to Madonna from St. Christopher Parish, his most recent full-time parish assignment.

Rev. Morris' research interests include: environmental justice, sustainability education and comparative healing modalities. Rev. Morris' awards include: Michigan Green Leader, Green Burial Council Leadership Award and the 2006 Rolling Stone Magazine Honor Roll.

Rev. Morris has taught over 16 different courses at Madonna. Among his favorite courses are: sustainability, environmental ethics, Western Religion and Sacraments.

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