Pastoral Liturgy

St Patricks Pontifical University Maynooth

Pastoral Liturgy

Offers candidates the opportunity to study the worship of the Church, its tradition and its place in the Church today.

The one-year course, conducted by the National Centre for Liturgy, aims to provide formation in liturgy to enable the student to take a leadership role in pastoral work, specialising in liturgy, at diocesan and parish level.

Subjects taught

Programme of Study
Students must take the basic modular course for the Diploma in Pastoral Liturgy, namely: Leading God's People in Public Prayer; The Church's Year: Time, Seasons and Feasts; What, then, is the Liturgy; Scripture and Liturgy: Ministers, Proclamation, Books; Christian Initiation - Baptism and Confirmation; The Eucharist: Celebration and Theology; Sacraments: Parish Celebrations on Life's Journey; Pastoral Issues in Contemporary Parish Communities, Moving Forward with Liturgical Confidence. In addition, students undertake additional guided reading and projects encompassing the theology and practice of the Church's liturgy.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Students are required to have a primary degree where theology is at least a major component. Students with other degrees, or with a professional diploma or equivalent qualification, may be admitted if they have experience in parish or liturgical ministry. They may be required to take extra courses in theology, and to take an oral examination while studying for the Higher Diploma in Pastoral Liturgy.

For further information contact
Admissions Office
Saint Patrick's College
County Kildare

Tel: 01 708 3964
Fax: 01 708 3477

Web Page: www.

Application dates

Application Closing Date - Non-EU 20th May 2022 - EU 24th June 2022

For EU & those living on the island of Ireland (Late applications may be considered).

Application Requirements
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Please Note: Application forms must be completed in full, and all documentation must be provided Before an application can be considered. Applicants will not be called for interview if an application is incomplete.


1 year full-time (two days per week on campus)
Lectures: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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