This course aims to provide theological and spiritual knowledge about the Blessed Virgin Mary and the development of Mariology in the Church. The sessions will start by analysing the portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Holy Scriptures and Marian devotion in the early Church. The course will explore the development of the Marian dogmas and the devotion to Mary in the Eastern traditions. The course will also treat the way Mary as Mother of the Church is presented in Vatican Council II and the subsequent Mariological documents by the Popes in the last fifty years. The sessions will proceed to focus on the beautiful rendering of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Art and the manifold references to the Mother of God in Maltese poetry. In conclusion, the course will reflect on Mary as one of the most important figures in Christianity as a role model for all women.
If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 15% discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi
All who wish to enrich their theological and spiritual knowledge about the Blessed Virgin Mary and the development of Mariology in the Church.
Target Audience`s Age: 18+
This course will be delivered over 15 lectures, each lecture covering a different aspect of Mariology. The themes which will be covered are:
- The portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Old Testament
- The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
- The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Gospel of John
- The Blessed Virgin Mary and the early Church Fathers
- The four Marian dogmas
- The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Oriental traditions (Catholics and Orthodox)
- The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Liturgy
- The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Second Vatican Council
- The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Papal Magisterium of the last sixty years
- Marian Spirituality
- Portrayals of the Virgin Mary in Films
- Marian Art in foreign countries
- Marian Art in Malta
- The Blessed Virgin Mary in Maltese poetry
- The Blessed Virgin Mary and woman in the Church
Please note that these themes will not necessarily be delivered in this particular order.
Lectures will be on Mondays between 18:00 and 20:00 starting from 15th January 2024
|15th, 22nd & 29th
|5th, 19th & 26th
|4th, 11th & 18th
|8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
|6th & 13th
This course has three exit certificate options:
- Certificate of Attendance
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have attended at least 80% of the course`s contact hours.
- 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.
- 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.
Final Award: Certificate in Introduction to Mariology
Teaching & Awarding Institute: Pastoral Formation Institute
Duration: Five 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 evaluate 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.