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Available courses

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

“Christian art offers the believer a theme for reflection and acts as an aid to enter into contemplation in intense prayer, similar to a moment of catachesis…”

Pontifical Council for Culture, the ‘Via Pulchritudinis’, 2006, III.2C

Over time and across cultures, humans have always sought to express the ineffable – those phenomena and mysteries which, for centuries, have captivated man’s imagination.

What mysteries do their creations, in turn, conceal?

What may this incredible artistic heritage reveal about the evolution of human thought, belief, and the manner in which man related and reacted to the natural world and beyond?

Moreover, what insights, as Christians, may we attain and contemplate today, from a twenty-first-century perspective?

The course seeks to explore and address these questions by delving deeply into different forms of expression—religious or otherwise—and the myriad of ways these may be engaged with theologically.   


This is a course test on Moodle to test new features on the platform

This module introduces participants to the basics of moral theology, together with an itinerary tracing the main developments of moral theology itself, and the various approaches within this particular field. Moreover, the course provides a deeper understanding of a number of key issues, such as Thomas Aquinas’ contribution to morality, the notion of the moral being, virtues, conscience, sin, and reconciliation.

Assessment: A written assignment


This module introduces the participants to the main events of the modern period, namely the Protestant Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment, and its implications on the relationship between theology and philosophy. Developments in the theology of the Roman Catholic Church are also explored, especially with regard to the return to the sources in the 20th century, thus setting the scene for the Second Vatican Council.

Assessment: A written assignment


In this module, participants are exposed to the social and cultural milieu of the first centuries, crucial to a better understanding of the spread of Christianity. This is followed by an exploration of the main developments during the Patristic era. This itinerary also covers the first schisms within Christendom, which eventually reach their culmination in the East-West schism of 1054. The development of theology during the medieval era is explored, especially the relationship between theology and philosophy.

This module introduces the concept of theology, its etymology, and also its development throughout the ages up to contemporary times. Most importantly, it explores questions with regard to the relationship between faith and reason, faith and science, Revelation and Tradition. In this module, participants will be equipped with the tools necessary to make the case for theology and its relevance in today’s world.

This module introduces the concept of theology, its etymology, and also its development throughout the ages up to contemporary times. Most importantly, it explores questions with regard to the relationship between faith and reason, faith and science, Revelation, and Tradition. In this module, participants will be equipped with the tools necessary to make the case for theology and its relevance in today’s world.

Topics:

- Christian Anthropology with a focus on Love and Sexuality

- Church Teachings on Marriage and the Family – Part 1

- Church Teachings on Marriage and the Family – Part 2

- The Gift of Life and the Gift of Love

- Theology of the Body, John Paul II (Non-residential Weekend Seminar)

- Marriage in Scripture and Lectio Divina

- Sacramental Theology of Marriage

- Liturgical Theology of Marriage


Topics:

- Pastoral Approach to Marriage and the family

- Psychological and Sociological Perspectives of Marriage and the Family

- Marital relationships and conflict management

- Family work-life balance, financial and time management

- Family Life-Cycle and Dynamics

- Bioethics and the family, formation of conscience and discernment process

- Intimacy in Marriage

- Child development; Communication with children; Children with disability

- Social challenges to the Family, such as alcohol, drug abuse

- Social Media: Challenges and Opportunities for the Family

- Separation; annulment; divorce; cohabitation

- Mental health, ill-health, Domestic violence

- Caring for the elderly and related issues

- The Spirituality and Mission of the Couple (Saturday Morning Seminar)


The study-unit will introduce students to multiple perspectives on youth development including spiritual and faith development as well as a Biblical outlook on the youth generation. These perspectives will be used to shed light on the facilitation of various communication patterns with youth.

The study-unit will introduce students to current sociological and psychological trends within youth culture. This includes a description of Generation z characteristics, as well as an overview of communication in a digital world. A psychological perspective of youth culture will include developmental stages and tasks.

The study-unit will introduce students to the basic practical theological notions underlying ministry with and among youth. This includes fundamental concepts guiding the evangelising mission of the Church, such as symbols used in liturgy, the use of conscience in moral issues, describing religion and spirituality among youth. Students will be introduced to the core charisms in Catholic youth ministry. Through teaching, podcast sessions, and supplementary reading, the study-unit aims to introduce students to the core practical theological issues underlying youth ministry.

The study-unit will introduce students to the basic theological notions underlying ministry with and among youth. This includes fundamental ecclesiological concepts guiding the evangelising mission of the Church. Through teaching, podcast sessions, and supplementary reading, the study-unit aims to introduce students to the core theological issues underlying youth ministry.

“Christian art offers the believer a theme for reflection and acts as an aid to enter into contemplation in intense prayer, similar to a moment of catachesis…”

Pontifical Council for Culture, the ‘Via Pulchritudinis’, 2006, III.2C

Over time and across cultures, humans have always sought to express the ineffable – those phenomena and mysteries which, for centuries, have captivated man’s imagination.

What mysteries do their creations, in turn, conceal?

What may this incredible artistic heritage reveal about the evolution of human thought, belief, and the manner in which man related and reacted to the natural world and beyond?

Moreover, what insights, as Christians, may we attain and contemplate today, from a twenty-first-century perspective?

The course seeks to explore and address these questions by delving deeply into different forms of expression—religious or otherwise—and the myriad of ways these may be engaged with theologically.   


The second study unit (Module 2), will facilitate the application of such theological notions to the practical field of catechesis. The participants who complete this course will have the basic knowledge and skills required to serve as catechetical ministers

In this introductory module, you will learn the basic theological notions underlying pastoral ministry. These include fundamental scriptural, dogmatic, ecclesiological, and ethical concepts guiding the evangelising mission of the Church.

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

The aim of this course is to empower persons who do not have any academic background in the psychological sector, such as pastoral workers; volunteers; and other persons interested in improving their relationships, with the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes needed whilst interacting with parishioners or other persons. This course introduces pastoral workers or volunteers to helping skills, theories, and approaches.

Through studying and discussing these methods, students become more aware of the tools which help them in their work with different people who come from various cultural and social backgrounds. The course aims to create an opportunity to reflect on the methods they use during their work and relationships and evaluate their work.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • understand the basic helping theories and skills;
  • know how to listen and respond appropriately;
  • be able to support the person emotionally and spiritually;
  • know when to refer a person to professional help.

This course will give the participants a basic knowledge of the main topics of Theology. Starting with an introduction to Faith and the Church. A deep understanding of the Holy Scriptures. Catholic Social Teaching, is an area of Catholic doctrine concerning matters of human dignity and the common good in society. The Catholic Liturgy. The history of the Church and the dogmatic theology. With the last topic on the Structure of the Church.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to have a basic knowledge of Theology and understand better the foundations of the Christian belief, Holy Scriptures, Catholic Social Teaching, Liturgy, History of the Church, and its structures.


Inspired by the biblical verse “your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119, the aim of this short course is to equip catechists with the information needed regarding the main biblical books which are key texts of the Christian life and of the catechesis for children, adolescents and adults. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • to understand more about the books of the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Gospels;
  • to understand what parables are and how they are different from stories and other genres;
  • to understand the miracles as described in the Bible;
  • to respond appropriately when students ask questions related to the Bible;
  • to apply what they have learnt to a young audience.

The purpose of this course is to enable pastoral workers to learn how to:
– listen and respond appropriately
– accompany the person without becoming too attached

Lecture 1:
Lecture 2:
Lecture 3:
  • Reading Basil and Cassian – selected texts
  • Bernard of Clairvaux - the purification of Benedict

Lecture 1:
  • The Three Benedictine Vows – Obedience, Stability, and Conversion of Manners
  • The Three Components of the Benedictine Day – Ora et Labora et Lege
Lecture 2:
  • The Ten Benedictine Values – I: The Three Ls – Listening, Lectio Divina, Liturgy
  • The Ten Benedictine Values – II: The Three Hs – Humility, Humanity and Hospitality
Lecture 3:
  • The Ten Benedictine Values – III: The Four Ss – Spiritual Fatherhood, Stability, seeking God, and Silences
  • The seventy-two instruments of good works

Lecture 1: Introduction
    • Benedictine Places and things: Via Benedicti, Pax inter Spinas, Pax, the Benedictine Medal, and St Benedict from the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great Book 2
      Reading St Benedict 1 – Introduction on preparing a personalized list of Benedict’s maxims 
    • Prologue, Chapter 73, texts on the Abbot
Lecture 2:
    • Texts on Meekness and Obedience
    • Texts on Prayer and Liturgy
Lecture 3:
    • A school of the Lord’s Service
    • Texts on Synodality

25th May 2023Communal DiscernmentRev. Dr Andre Zaffarese
1st June 2023The Holy Spirit in Sacred Art: Representations of the Holy Spirit: From symbol to signMs Giulia Privitelli
Friday: 2nd June 2023The Holy Spirit in Sacred Art: Retrieving “likeness”: From idols to iconsMs Giulia Privitelli


20th April 2023Western Liturgy: The Liturgy as an action of the Holy SpiritRev. Stephen Attard
27th April 2023Western Liturgy: The four concepts and accompanying gestures in the Post-Second Vatican Council Liturgical Texts    Rev. Stephen Attard
4th May 2023Western Liturgy: Holy Orders and Marriage/The Vigil and Day Mass of the Solemnity of PentecostRev. Stephen Attard
11th May 2023Eastern Liturgy: The work of the Holy Spirit in the Byzantine LiturgyPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
18th May 2023Eastern Liturgy: The Anaphors in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and St BasilPapas Prof. Martin Zammit


23rd February 2023Patristic Theology: Early PneumatologyRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
2nd March 2023Patristic Theology: Third Century Tertullian OrigenRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
9th March 2023Patristic Theology: Fourth and Fifth CenturiesRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
16th March 2023Dogmatic Theology: The Holy TrinityRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
23rd March 2023Dogmatic Theology: The work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life and the mission of the ChurchRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
30th March 2023Dogmatic Theology: The Holy Spirit in the Papal MagisteriumRev. Prof. Hector Scerri


19th January 2023Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit of God’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
26th January 2023Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit in Prophecy’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
2nd February 2023Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Synoptic GospelsRev. Dr Martin Micallef
9th February 2023Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Gospel of JohnRev. Dr Martin Micallef
16th February 2023Holy Spirit in the New Testament: The Holy Spirit as a central theme in the Letters of St PaulRev. Dr Martin Micallef