Intensive, elective unit (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester: Thursday evening
This unit invites students to develop a theology of vocation and ministry patterned on Christ, the Good Shepherd, who ‘came to serve and not be served’. Priest or lay, woman or man, young or old, what are the hallmarks of a healthy call to be a minister of Christ? This unit gives particular attention to the vision of Church of Vatican II, the insights gained from the experience of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Pastores Dabo Vobis and students’ own experiences of vocation and ministry.
PREREQUSITES: 18 points of CT or DP
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. identify the biblical foundations to Christian call to vocation
2. reflect critically on the causes of shortcomings identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in ministerial formation and practice
3. evaluate the healthiness of various theologies of vocation
4. identify the elements of a healthy theology of vocation within that of single, married, priestly or religious life.
5. provide a critique of the causes and effects of clericalism
6. assess the theology underpinning vocational and/or ministerial models
Essay 2500 words (40%); essay 3500 words (60%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
Lumen Gentium. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Vatican II. 1964.
Confoy, Maryanne. Religious Life and Priesthood. New York: Paulist Press, 2008.
Coombs, Maria, and Francis Nemeck. Called by God: A Theology of Vocation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.
Gaillardetz, Richard R. Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2008.
John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis. Apostolic Exhortation on Formation of Priests, 1992.
Pennington, Basil. Called: New Thinking on Christian Vocation. Minneapolis, MN: Seabury, 1983.
Power, David Noel. Mission, Ministry, Order: Reading the Tradition in the Present Context. New York: Continuum, 2008.
Sofield, Loughlan, and Carroll Juliano. Principled Ministry: A Guidebook for Catholic Church Leaders. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2011.
Wilson, George. Clericalism. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.
Lecturer: MATTHEW BECKMANN OFM