Content

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.

Unit code: CT2025Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes

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.

Assess various models of vocation in the light of contemporary theology .

Unit sequence

Prerequisite of 18 Points of CT or DP

Pedagogy

An interactive mode lecture, exploratory workshop, series of pre-prepared materials and online resources will be employed

Indicative Bibliography

  • The Light from the Southern Cross. Report of Recommendations pm the Governance and Management of Dioceses and Parishes. Canberra: ACBC, 2020.
  • Lumen Gentium. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Vatican II. 1964.
  • Bevans, Stephen. Priesthood in Religious Life. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.
  • Coombs, Maria and Francis Nemeck. Called by God: A Theology of Vocation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.
  • Crittenden, Stephen (ed). Health and Integrity in Church and Ministry. Sydney: Franciscan Friars, 2018.
  • Gaillardetz, Richard R. Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.
  • John Paull 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.
  • Wilson, George. Clericalism. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay

Essay 1500 words

1500 40.0
Essay

Essay 2500 words

2500 60.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Jun, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-06-20 15:10:37 +1000