Educational branch of the Ascension Alliance providing theological education under the religious-exempt status granted by the Washington Student Achievement Council
We offer graduate theological education under the authority of religious-exempt status granted by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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Ascension Theological College is very pleased to announce that by the authority of its Board of Governors it has conferred on Lian Reid Blair the degree of Master of Divinity, effective October 30, 2021.
The Ascension Alliance is pleased to announce that she was ordained to the Catholic apostolic priesthood on October 30, 2021 in Apache Junction, AZ by Bishop Marian Kelley assisted by Bishop Cathy Chalmers.
Shaun Ake-Little, Master of Divinity graduate of Ascension Theological College. He is shown here being ordained to the Catholic apostolic priesthood, June 14, 2020, by the Right Rev. Joseph Ciccione, of the Progressive Catholic Church, near Philadelphia, PA.
We are pleased to report that our state's regulatory body, the Washington Student Achievement Council, has renewed our religious-exempt status for another two years.
This makes it possible for us to lawfully award academic credit and confer theological degrees within the State of Washington.
We strive to provide high quality academic programming at a modest cost. Our programs help prepare seminarians for sacramental ministry (Catholic apostolic priesthood), non-sacramental ministry, and pastoral counseling at the baccalaureate (B.D.), master's (M.Div, M.T.S., M.Sp., and M.P.C.), and doctoral level (D.Min.).
Courses offered include those on spiritual formation; prayer & praxis; world religions; new cosmologies; mysticism (Jewish, Christian, and Eastern); christology; ecclesiology; both Hebrew & Christian scripture; "other" Christianities & non-canonical writings; homiletics; liturgy; pastoral care & counseling; ethics; theological reflection; and practice. To download a pdf copy of our catalog go to: ascensionalliance.org. Look for the heading titled "formation program."
Recently ordained to the Catholic apostolic priesthood, Mother Barbara Sherrod, receives her diploma for the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Ascension Theological College during a spirit-filled Gospel mass she presided over, August 25, 2019 at the Ravenscroft Chapel, Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, AZ. Pictured here are Mother Barbara and Archbishop Alan Kemp, Rector of the College and Chief Executive of the Ascension Alliance.
William Eddy, who earned the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Ascension Theological College on September 25, 2017 is ordained to the Catholic apostolic priesthood on November 11, 2017 at Ascensionist Spiritus Christi Independent Catholic Church, in Fairfield, IA. Pictured, back row, Father Chris Konrad. Front row, left to right, Mother Shane Orne, ordaining bishop, Michael Adams, Father William, and seminarian Heidi Jo Salmonson.
Ascension Theological College is the educational wing of the Ascension Alliance, part of an emerging Independent Catholic movement.
The College trains men, women, single, married, straight, gay, or other for the Catholic apostolic priesthood and other ministries (see our catalog).
We are non-credal and non-dogmatic. We also think of ourselves as inheritors of the vision of Herman Adrian Spruit and Meri Louise Spruit.
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We wish to offer belated congratulations to Father Donald Knight who completed the requirements for the degree of Master of Divinity and who was ordained to the Catholic apostolic priesthood on September 29, 2012 at Gentle Shepherd Church in Richmond, Virginia. Father Don is serving the Gentle Shepherd community and also coordinates the weekly prayer list for the Alliance.
The pictures are from Convocation 2011. Congratulations to Cathy Chalmers and Claudia Patchen, who earned the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Counseling
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