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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.

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.


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

Further enquiries

For further information contact
Course Director
National Centre for Liturgy
Saint Patrick's College
County Kildare

Tel: 01 708 3478
Fax: 01 708 3477
Web Page: www.

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.

Assessment method

Students will be assessed through a mixture of written work and group projects. A major paper will be submitted by the end of the course. A final integration interview will be held at the end of semester two.

Application date

Application Deadline: 05th June 2020
Late applications may be considered from those living on the island of Ireland and from the EU.

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: 21st September 2020

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