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: CT3025Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Identify the biblical foundations to Christian call to vocation


Reflect critically on the causes of shortcomings identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in ministerial formation and practice


Evaluate the factors that impede a healthy response to vocational calls


Identify and assess the elements of a healthy theology of vocation within that of single, married, priestly or religious life.


Provide a critique of the causes and effects of clericalism

Unit sequence

Prerequisite of 18 Points of CT or DP


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.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 2000 words

2000 40.0

3000 words

3000 60.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2022-06-20 15:13:07 +1000