Aim: To provide general education in all main aspects of Christianity and in particular to train for lay leadership of Anglican worship.
Objectives: To equip students with the means to engage with what is needed to achieve the aim stated above.
Six modules, three per annum delivered by mixed means in the following categories:
- Biblical Studies
- Theological Foundation
- Church History: Irish and Other
- Liturgy and Worship
- Cotemporary Ethical and other Issues
- Mission, Ministry and the Local Church
There will be lectures, tutorials, distance learning and practical sessions.
Methods of Assessment in Each Year:
A combination of participation and reflection with marked assignments in each module.
Specific Admission Requirements
Applicants must be 23 or over and have the capacity to complete a course at this level. Participants are asked to submit a short piece of no more than 100 words on why they want to do this course. Final selection will be based on a short interview.
State special requirements, if any, for progression to later years of programme.
For progression to the second year, it should be necessary to complete the preceding year to an adequate standard.
The norms and standards of SPCM relating to attendance and participation will apply to this course.
The Very Reverend Tom Gordon (Diocesan Director of Adult Education)
Tel: 059-9721570 / 087-2767562
With the advent of Parish Pastoral Councils and the structured involvement of lay people in the life of the diocese, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, as part of its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for those involved in parish life. The programme will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, based at St. Kieran’ s College. It will continue a tradition of education based on the values of the gospel, of both lay and clerical students, which began in 1782. The programme will be accredited by St. Patrick’s College Maynooth as a Level 7 Certificate in Theological Studies. This course will be of interest to people who are involved in parish life or to those who are involved with the diocesan forum. It may also be of interest to those who wish to deepen and enrich their own understanding of their faith and who are prepared to become involved in parish life.
- To provide general theological education and formation in the main aspects of faith.
- To provide the theological background needed for lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan level.
Students will participate in the following six modules from September to June:
- Getting to Know the Old Testament: - R ev. Dr. Terence Crotty
- Understanding the New Testament: - R ev. Prof. Seamas O’Connell & Ms. Olivia Maher M.A.
- The Church: A Living Faith Community: - R ev. Dr. Dermot Ryan
- Liturgy and the Sacraments of Initiation: - R ev. Dr. William Dalton & Rev. Dr. Edmund Cullinan
- Introduction to Moral Theology: - R ev. Dr. Michael Shortall
- An Introduction to the History of the Catholic Church through its Ecumenical Councils: - Prof. Salvador Ryan
100 hours part-time over one academic year.