Janice Poorman Pastoral Theology Syllabus

Jan Poorman, Ph.D.                                                                                    127 Malloy Hall

Director of Formation and Field Education                                              Phone# 631-6493

Master of Divinity Program                                                                 Poorman.2@nd.edu

Department of Theology                                                                       Office Hours: 10-12


Pastoral Theology/ Theo 60847

Echo/Faith Formation Leadership Program

Summer 2013: July 13 and July 9-26; TWTHF

320 Malloy Hall

Course Description and Requirements

This course is designed to assist newly selected apprentice catechetical leaders within the Echo/Faith Formation Leadership Program in their preparation for lay ecclesial ministry.  Participants learn fundamental pastoral/ministerial skills and processes including theological reflection, pastoral counseling, parish administration, ethics in pastoral relationships, spiritual direction, and faith formation for distinct groups by age and culture.  Class sessions include interactive lectures and small group work. Class sessions also afford participants opportunities to learn from veteran catechetical leaders during on-site visits to local parishes and/or in-class presentations on topics pertinent to catechetical leadership in the Roman Catholic Church.

Students are expected to have read assigned texts prior to each class session – when texts are assigned.  For most class sessions, there are no assigned readings.  Rather, the course professor or visiting speaker may bring resources or bibliographies to share with students for their future use. 


Class Sessions for 2013

Tues., July 9:                   The Vocation and Spirituality of the Lay Ecclesial Minister

Wed., July 10:                 The Contemporary Ministry of Spiritual Direction

Thurs., July 11:             Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Field Trip to St. Pius X Parish, Granger, IN, to visit a CGS atrium); 4:00-5:00 PM

Fri., July 12:                    Moments and Processes in Parish RCIA

Saturday, July 13:       The Art of Theological Reflection; Formalizing a Mentoring Relationship; Designing a Learning Covenant (during Mentor Weekend)

Tues., July 16:                Integration of Justice Work with Faith Formation

Wed., July 17:                 Creating Retreats/Retreat Ministry

Thurs., July 18:             Practical Skills for the Catechetical Leader’s “Toolbox”

Fri., July 19:                    Hispanic and Multicultural Ministry

Tues., July 23:               Adolescent Development and Youth Ministry

Wed., July 24:                 Pastoral Administration

Thurs., July 25:             Pastoral Counseling/Pastoral Care


Assigned Readings

Tues., July 9:                   The Vocation and Spirituality of the Lay Ecclesial Minister

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministers (USCCB, 2005), pp. 7-26.

Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium: Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity and the Fifteenth Anniversary of Called and Gifted (USCCB, 1995).

“The Vocations of the Laity,” from Grace and Commitment: The Vocations of Laity, Religious, and Ordained (The Church in the 21st Century, Boston College, Fall 2010), pp. 2-9.

“Participating in the Mission of the Word and Spirit,” by Michael Downey, Spirituality for Ministry (Ligouri Press, 2006), pp. 63-75.

Wed., July 10:                 The Contemporary Ministry of Spiritual Direction

“Basics in Spiritual Direction,” by Shawn McCarty, S.T., from Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers, Ed. Robert J. Wicks (Paulist Press, 1995), pp.  56-76.              

Thurs., July 18:             Practical Skills for the Catechetical Leader’s “Toolbox”

“Tasks, Functions, Roles, and Skills of Principled Ministry,” from Principled Ministry: A Guidebook for Catholic Church Leaders, by Loughlan Sofield, S.T. and Carroll Juliano, S.H.C.J. (Ave Maria Press, 2011), pp. 65-133.

Fri., July 26:                    Ethics in Pastoral Relationships: Power, Sexuality, and Confidentiality

Ethics in Pastoral Ministry, by Richard M. Gula, S.S., (Paulist Press, 1996), pp. 65-141.