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An Introduction to the Theology of the Holy Spirit

  Ta` Mlit, Pastoral Centre, Mosta

The course aims to provide theological knowledge regarding the catholic belief in the Holy Spirit as it developed throughout the centuries and lived in various aspects of ecclesial life. The course will start by analysing scripture references to the Holy Spirit and will explore the development of the theology of the Holy Spirit from the Church Fathers to contemporary theology. The Course will also illustrate the role of the Holy Spirit in liturgy and ecclesial life, the Communal Discernment, and conclude by analysing how the Holy Spirit is expressed in art.

Application Closes at noon on the 13th January 2023

People who wish to enrich their spirituality by learning how to read and meditate on artworks

Target Audience`s Age: 18+
Session TitleLecturer
Session 1Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit of God’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
Session 2Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit in Prophecy’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
Session 3Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Synoptic GospelsRev. Dr Martin Micallef
Session 4Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Gospel of JohnRev. Dr Martin Micallef
Session 5Holy Spirit in the New Testament: The Holy Spirit as a central theme in the Letters of St PaulRev. Dr Martin Micallef
Session 6Patristic Theology: Early PneumatologyRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
Session 7Patristic Theology: Third Century Tertullian OrigenRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
Session 8Patristic Theology: Fourth and Fifth CenturiesRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
Session 9Dogmatic Theology: The Holy TrinityRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 10Dogmatic Theology: The work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life and the mission of the ChurchRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 11Dogmatic Theology: The Holy Spirit in the Papal MagisteriumRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
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
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

 

Session Format

Nineteen lectures on Thursdays between 18:00 and 20:00 (38 hours)


Part 1: Holy Spirit in Scripture
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
Part 2: Patristic and Dogmatic Theology of the Holy Spirit
23rd February 2023Patristic Theology: Early PneumatologyRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
2nd March 2023Patristic Theology: Third Century Tertullian OrigenRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
9th February 2023Patristic Theology: Fourth and Fifth CenturiesRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
16th February 2023Dogmatic Theology: The Holy TrinityRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
23rd February 2023Dogmatic Theology: The work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life and the mission of the ChurchRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
30th February 2023Dogmatic Theology: The Holy Spirit in the Papal MagisteriumRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Part 3: Holy Spirit in Liturgy
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
Part 4: Manifestation of the Holy Spirit
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

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have attended at least 80% of the course`s contact hours.

  1. Certificate of Participation 

A Certificate of Participation will be rewarded to students who meet the attendance criteria* and successfully conclude the course multiple-choice tests. 

  1. Certificate of Achievement 

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to students who successfully concluded the course, that is;

  • meet the attendance criteria*
  • sit and pass the short multiple-choice tests (mentioned in point 2),
  • and also submit a written assessment of at least 1000-1500 words.

Final Award: Certificate in An Introduction to the Theology of the Holy Spirit

Awarding Institute: Pastoral Formation Institute

Duration: Four months part-time course

Attendance Criteria: Students must attend at least 80% of all the course`s contact hours.

Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.