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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Family Ministry







M.A. Fam. Ministry(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


The Maltese Diocesan Synod, in its final documents (2003), identified the family as one of the two specific areas of priority for pastoral ministry today (the other being ‘youth’). The Synod was considering developments in family life in Malta which called for new approaches and methods in Family Ministry. The Church in Malta is actively considering the institution of lay ministers in specific areas, one of which is the family.

The Faculty of Theology is seeking to respond to these needs by offering a Master of Arts in Family Ministry. The Faculty of Theology is committed to help in the professional formation of ministers in the ecclesial community in Malta, as well as in the renewal of pastoral ministry. This course is designed in light of the Faculty’s commitment to contribute to these aspects, focusing on a specific area, that of family ministry.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the course the students will be able to:

• understand the Christian vision of the human person
• identify foundations in Christian anthropology, which include relationality, sexuality, marriage
• compare and contrast these beliefs with other theories and teachings regarding human nature
• discuss the relationship between theological reflection and pastoral care
• identifty the different models of Church and how these influence ministry
• engage in theological reflection on ecclesial action, and interpret the context in which ecclesial action takes place
• recognize the correct attitudes which express pastoral care
• help those involved in pastoral ministry to reflect on their experience
• empower pastoral workers to offer a caring ministry
• formulate the basic steps which promote collaborative ministry
• identify and understand the contemporary challenges facing marriage and the family
• make appropriate evaluations of cultural influences on the family
• understand Maltese and European family law and matrimonial law
• identify the various theological and pastoral perspectives on the theology of marriage and the family which were developed throughout tradition
• describe the richness of theological reflections on marriage and the family and of ways to implement these theological insights to pastoral praxis
• Explain the history of family ministry
• understand the ministerial context of family ministry
• compare and evaluate the different models of family ministry
• focus on new approaches and methods in family ministry in the context of a wider vision of ecclesial ministry
• link family ministry to the three pillars of ministry (Diakonia, Leitourgia, and Koinonia)
• develop and apply models of family ministry according to the requirements of local communities and settings
• promote professional leadership in family ministry, based on a solid theological foundation
• prepare a pastoral plan which promotes family ministry in the view of the local particular needs
• implement and evaluate the pastoral plan for family ministry
• identify the ethical and moral issues involved in the daily problems encountered by married couples and family members
• offer sound moral judgments and pastoral solutions
• empower married couples and family members to resolve their conflicts and problems
• engage in research in the area of family ministry
• supervise people working in the pastoral care of the family
• collaborate with different Church and civil agencies.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Holders of this degree are eligible to register for third cycle programmes leading to an M.Phil. and Ph.D.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is addressed to any person who, after an aptitude assessment, shows that he/she has the attitudes necessary for this ministry. In particular, it is aimed at those who are already actively involved in Family Ministry and who feel the need for a better professional preparation, as well as those who intend getting involved in this ministry.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree or equivalent with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in any area as deemed relevant by the Board.

Applicants in possession of a degree obtained at Third Class Honours or at Category III in any area as deemed relevant by the Board may also be admitted, provided that they have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree.

In exceptional cases the Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a Bachelor degree, provided that it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications and experience that together are deemed to be comparable to the level of a first degree.

Applicants may be registered as students in the Course if they satisfy the Board, through an interview, that they have the necessary experience and aptitude to follow the Course.

The Board shall, after approval by Senate, determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register depending on the availability of resources. The Board shall, however, announce the number of available places at the time of the call for applications.

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of available places, the Board shall select applicants according to the following criteria:

(i) degree type and classification
(ii) work experience in the area or a related field and
(iii) performance during the interview.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 20 October 2015
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