The course places a strong emphasis on participative learning. At a personal level the course focuses on growth in self-understanding, personal, relational and spiritual development. The programme includes:
Questions on Fundamental Moral Theology
Sexuality, Marriage, Family
Virtue of Religion, Medical Ethics
Professional Ethics and the Priest
Ministry as a Vocation and a Profession
The Responsible use of Power in a Pastoral Relationship
Violations of Professional Boundaries
Canon Law of Marriage
Canonical Doctrine on Marriage
Matrimonial Consent and Grounds of Nullity
Canonical Form and Registration of Marriage
Validation of Marriage
Nullity Procedures and Structures
Other Marriage Procedures
Pastoral Care of those in Irregular Unions
Counselling: A Pastoral Approach
Bereavement, loss and grief in all contexts
Pastoral crisis loneliness, depression and anxiety
Marital difficulties, especially communication
Value systems and sexuality
Questions of Faith inability to pray, difficulty with sacraments
Students own pastoral experience
Preaching on liturgical and sacramental occasions
Celebrating Mass and the Sacraments
The Tasks of Ministry
Ministry of the Sacraments
Theology, practical liturgy, ritual music, pastoral preparation and follow-up should be combined for four groupings.
Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
Reconciliation, Confessional practice, Rites for the Sick
Marriage, including Canon Law, Marriage Preparation,
Marriage Counselling, The Work of ACCORD and other organisations.
Orders, Blessings, Public Prayer, Devotions, Funeral Liturgy.
Ministry of the Word
Preaching, Catechetics, Adult Education, Parents Groups, Special Religious Education, Radio, T.V. and Journalism.
Pastoral Care and Community Development
Visitation, Prayer and Spiritual Direction.
Care for the Poor and disadvantaged. Ministry to the deprived and marginal, the Sick, the Dying, the Elderly, the Mentally and Physically Handicapped, Prisoners, Emigrants, Substance Abusers. Initiatives and support in community development and social analysis. Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Ecumenism, Community Relations, Education for Mutual Understanding. Bereavement Counselling.
Parish Organisation and Pastoral Strategy
Development of Ministers
Personal development and self-understanding; Myers-Briggs,
Social development in term-work; leadership skills, organisational
skills, chairing meetings.
Prayer and Spiritual Development; Lectio Divina and practical
application of scripture.
Physical Health, Recreation, Life-Style.