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TITLE Select Areas of Pastoral Care

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION This study-unit explores the basic attitudes linked to pastoral care in the context of the ministerial nature of the Church. It focuses on specific areas of pastoral care which present particular challenges to the caring community and to the pastor. Participants will be offered an opportunity to explore appropriate pastoral responses in different situations.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the Course, students should be able to:

(i) better understand the basic attitudes linked to pastoral care;

(ii) distinguish different areas of pastoral care and the challenges they present to the caring community;

(iii) develop a framework for approaching pastoral care in specific areas.

Reading List:

• DYKSTRA R.C., Images of Pastoral Care. Classic Readings, St Louis 2006.
• GERKINS CH. V, An Introduction to Pastoral Care, Nashville 1997.
• WILLOWS D. – SWINTON J. (eds), Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care. Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context, London 2000.
• PATTON J., Pastoral Care in Context, Louisville 1993.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joe Galea Curmi
Kevin Schembri

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