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Emotional Support In The Community

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta

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.

Persons who do not have any academic background in the psychological sector. Namely:

  • Persons who listen and accompany colleagues and friends on a regular basis at their workplace, within their family, etc…
  • Pastoral workers, volunteers or those who come in contact with persons, families in need, or visit residential homes.  
  • Persons who are interested in developing their relationships. 

Target Audience Age: 18+

In this session participants will explore helping skills used during pastoral work, including listening to people, supporting, and validating feelings.

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • to learn how to be present with people physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • to learn how to help a person feel accepted, understood and not judged.

In this session, the important skill of being empathic when helping people will be discussed. There will be the opportunity to practice this skill during the session. At the same time, the practice of maintaining boundaries will be thoroughly discussed, as having clear and established limits in our work contribute to safe connections.

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • to become aware of the importance of empathy;
  • to be able to practice ways of empathic communication;
  • to be able to practice self-care through having healthy boundaries.

In this session, the student will become more self-aware; the individual is encouraged to reflect and be aware of his/her strengths, challenges, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions.

 The outcomes of this session are:

  • to be able to engage in reflective practice;
  • to be able to identify one’s strengths and challenges;
  • to be able to bring about changes in the attitudes and ways of working.

In this session, students will be invited to look at their own spiritual life and become aware of how this is manifested and expressed in their personal lives and within the community. It will also investigate cultural varieties and other religious denominations and/or spiritual practices and trends within the parish, and how these influence individual as well as community/parish life, and vice versa. This session will also touch on the notion of spiritual accompaniment and religious practices, how they differ, and how they can complement each other.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • to gain a better understanding of the spirituality as lived in the community;
  • to gain awareness by reflecting on one’s own spiritual lives and discourse and how these can influence the community they are part of;
  • to gain an understanding of the notion of spiritual accompaniment and how this can be put into practice.

In this session, the student will become aware of when s/he should refer a person to professional help, why confidentiality is important when working in a pastoral context and what are the limits to confidentiality.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • to learn and be able to differentiate amongst various helping professionals and services available;
  • to be able to guide and link people to further specialised help when required.

 

The course is delivered over 10 contact hours over 5 weeks. The 2 hour weekly sessions are held on Fridays between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. at Ta’ Mlit Pastoral Centre. Free parking facilities available.

Fridays at 6:00 pm – 8:00pm
Friday 24th February 2023
Friday 3rd March 2023
Friday 10th March 2023
Friday 17th March 2023
Friday 24th March 2023
Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend all the course contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students must attend all the contact hours and pass the short multiple-choice online exam. 

3. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend all the contact hours;  
  • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
  • and successfully complete a Case Study Analysis of at least 500 words;

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.

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.

Introduction to Holy Communion

  Online

Course Description

The course Introduction to the Eucharist is designed to give the extraordinary minister formation and direction for distributing communion during masses and to be a guide to help him/her in taking communion to those who are unable to join the community in person. By the end of this course the student will: 

  • have a basic biblical and theological understanding of the teachings related to the Eucharist.   
  • know the language in which liturgical worship is explicit. 
  • learn most matters concerning the rite of Communion.  
  • learn to appreciate more the sacrament of Holy Communion. 
  • acquire a deeper knowledge of the role of the extraordinary minister. 
  • grasp the spiritual meaning that this role entails

Intended For

  • Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion who provide a service during church masses, in residential elderly homes or homebound sick persons.   
  • Those who wish to learn to appreciate more the sacrament of Holy Communion. 
  • Those who are starting their service as extraordinary ministers. 

Please Note: Doing this course does not entitle the student to become an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Extraordinary ministers are chosen by the shepherd of the parish. 

Curriculum

Part 1: God With Us – Dogmatic Theology 
  1. Christian theology on God’s revelation in the Eucharist.  
  2. The communitarian dimension of the Eucharist.  
  3. Eucharistic miracles around the world.  
  4. Re-actualisation – understanding the past, present and future dimensions of the sacraments.  
  5. Terminology for the Blessed Sacrament.  
Part 2: The Biblical Foundations of the Eucharist
  1. The scriptural perspective of the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist. 
  2. The foreshadowing of the Eucharist in the Old Testament. 
  3. The Last Supper narratives. 
  4. The testimony of St Paul on the Eucharist. 
  5. Exegesis. 
 
Part 3: The Eucharist in Daily Life 
  1. The role of the extraordinary minister at mass and at home. 
  2. The effects of the Eucharist on the community. 
  3. Cultivating my relationship with God through the Eucharist. 
  4. Way of life of the extraordinary minister. 
  5. The spiritual dimension of the role of the Eucharistic minister – testimonials:  

Calendar

The course is delivered in short, recorded sessions which are each about 18 minutes long. The student will be provided with a username and a password so s/he can watch these sessions on his/her own device. The total number of minutes amounts to 5-6 hours including the assessment.

Usernames and passwords will be sent to students within a week of payment confirmation.

Assessment & Certification

Assessment: Multiple choice test after each online session. The pass mark is 60%. 

Certificate: Certificate of completion will be awarded to those who complete all the sessions and pass all the assessments.

An electronic certificate will be sent via email, within a week of successfully completing the course.

Awarding and Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Entry Requirement

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.

Award in Creating & Animating Prayer Spaces

  Dar Ħanin Samaritan, Santa Venera

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028 MFHEA Logo

This course`s Get Qualified application is in the process. An approved Get Qualified application enables students who have successfully completed the course to apply for 70% of the course fee back in tax credits.

The course Creating and Animating Prayer Spaces is designed to:

  • equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills required to create and run a prayer space in a given setting.
  • offer participants the opportunity to grow in their connectedness with their own self, with others, with the world, and with God through the prayer spaces experience.
  • enable the participants to accompany others and explore their faith, spirituality, and life’s big questions in a safe, creative, and interactive way. 
  • lead the participants to understand better the shift from living merely to functioning, fulfilling demands and expectations to a more meaningful life.
  • invite the participants to become aware that relationships are strengthened when one takes the time to appreciate and reflect upon them.

A prayer space can be set in various places. The setting can be a school, a youth center, a parish hall, at the workplace, in an open-plan area, or an outdoor place.

Application Closes at noon on the 8th November 2022
  1. define what a prayer space is;
  2. identify different age groups of children and young people attending the prayer space;
  3. communicate in different ways with children, young people, or adults according to their age, culture, and language during a prayer space;
  4. identify suitable interested members of the staff/personnel who are willing to form a team to prepare and animate prayer spaces in their respective schools;
  5. draw up a plan for planning, preparing, setting up, and running prayer spaces;
  6. report what educators and students said after they have experienced prayer spaces for themselves;
  7. evaluate what went well, identify difficulties and challenges in setting a prayer space;
  8. understand that at the most basic level, prayer spaces give students a way to reflect and develop reflective thinking skills in terms of the four key relationships: the self, others, the world, and God;
  9. make a connection between prayer spaces and other subjects
  1. Reflect personally on a prayer space;
  2. Plan a prayer space;
  3. Prepare for the setting of prayer spaces;
  4. Create simple and clear instruction cards, and prepare the resources related to the prayer space;
  5. Set up the physical prayer space in any given space and/or venue.
  6. Demonstrate a welcoming attitude to all children and young people of all faith and none who will be experiencing a prayer space;
  7. Lead the children and young people to the safe, hands-on, creative prayer space and, when necessary, animate the prayer spaces;
  8. Show a sense of accompaniment and being there for the person;
  9. Operate with other members of staff who wish to give a helping hand before, during, and after the setting of a prayer space activity;
  10. Recruit and train a prayer space team;
  11. Run a Prayer Space;
  12. Do a follow-up of a prayer spaces session.

This course is targeted at all those who wish to help children, young people, and adults grow in their prayer life, namely:

  • educators,
  • catechists,
  • youth workers,
  • youth leaders,
  • youth ministers,
  • religious counselors,
  • chaplains and lay chaplains,
  • priests and religious.  

Target Audience Age: 18+

Rev. Paul Chetcuti SJ

The lecturer will introduce the concepts of prayer, spirituality, and religion. Participants will become aware of the superficial vs meaning-making, being, and the development of symbolic language. 

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture will follow about the values of prayer spaces, and participants will learn that prayer spaces are spiritual, reflective, inclusive, professional, and Christian.

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. During the lecture about the purpose and theology of prayer spaces, participants will learn that prayer spaces help one reflect and develop reflective thinking skills; and see this in terms of four key relationships: the self, other people, the World, the sacred, and divine. They will also learn that God made everyone spiritual; God has a mission, welcomes, hears, cares, speaks, and acts.

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture about preparing for the setting of prayer spaces will follow. Participants will learn how to get started with prayer spaces.

Ms Silvana Cardona:

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture about creating prayer activities will follow. Participants will learn how to choose and create prayer activities directed to the self, others, the World, and God and create activities that are a mix of learning styles; writing, listening, looking, reading, and doing.

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer space stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture about how to recruit and train an excellent prayer space team will follow, and participants will learn to recruit people who are prayerful, inclusive, reflective, professional, and safe. Participants will also learn how to set a good prayer space and how it can be welcoming to anyone who wishes to visit. They learn how to gather feedback and write a report as a follow-up.

 

 The course is delivered over 18 contact hours over 3 weeks. The 3-hour sessions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Venue: Dar Ħanin Samaritan
Session 1Tuesday 22nd November 20225:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session 2Friday 25th November 20225:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session 3Tuesday 29th November 20225:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session 4Friday 2nd December 20225:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session 5Tuesday 6th December 20225:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session 6Friday 9th December 20225:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Assessment:

To receive

  • Multiple-choice online exam – 40%
  • An assignment of 500 – 800 words about the steps needed to plan, prepare, set up, and evaluate an actual prayer space, including photos or short videos (up to 3 mins).  Guidelines on how to do the assignment.
Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend at least 80% of the course’s contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students need to meet the attendance criteria and successfully conclude the course multiple-choice online exam. 

3. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend at least 80% of the course`s contact hours;  
  • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
  • and successfully complete a Reflective Journal of at least 500 words;

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.

The Richness of the Various Christian Traditions

  Santa Rita Hall, Santa Rita Street, Birzebbuga

This course describes the commitment of the different Churches to seek unity after centuries of division. Great strides have been made in this area in the last 60 years with the result that separated Churches have come closer to each other and now collaborate in various ways. During this course, students will have the opportunity to appreciate the different rites and liturgy of Churches.

Course Aim:
  1. An appreciation of the history of the Church and how divisions came about among various Churches and Traditions
  2. Learning the basic terminology related to ecumenism
  3. Basic knowledge about the Christian East and the Christian West
  4. Knowing about the various efforts of ecumenical dialogue and the fruit achieved by pioneers in the field
  5. Appreciating the way other Churches celebrate the liturgy on the Lord’s Day
Application Closes at noon on the 28th October 2022

Those interested in the knowledge of the various Churches and their traditions.

Part 1: The Basic on the Search for Christian Unity
Session 1Basic Introduction to Ecumenism:
Basic jargon and historical overview of Ecumenism
Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 2Churches and Rites in the Christian EastPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
Session 3The Genesis of the Ecumenical MovementDr Dorianne Buttigieg

Part 2: The Richness of the Various Christian Traditions
Session 4Churches and Traditions:
Their origins, development, and socio-religious context
Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri & Dr Andre P. Debattista
Church Liturgy/ Service
Session 5The Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Serbian Orthodox ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga
Session 6The Sunday Eucharist celebrated by the Church of EnglandSt Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta
Session 7The Sunday Service at St Andrew`s Scots` ChurchSt Paul`s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta
Session Format
  • Four lectures on Wednesdays between 18:00-20:00 (8 hours).
  • Three Sunday Liturgy/Service (3 hours)
Calendar:
DateTimeVenue
9th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
16th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
23rd November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
30th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
Sunday 4th December 20229:30 amSerbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga
Sunday 18th December 202210:30 amSt Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta
Sunday TBATBASt Paul`s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

Students are asked to be present 30 minutes prior to the Sunday liturgy/service for an introductory session on site.

This course has two exit certificate options

1.Certificate of Attendance:

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have attended a minimum of 80% of all contact hours.

2. Certificate of Participation:

A Certificate of Participation* will be awarded to students who meet the attendance criteria and successfully complete the course multiple choice online exam.

Duration: 7 sessions

Awarding Institute: Pastoral Formation Institute

Attendance Criteria: students need to attend a minimum of 80% of all 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.

How to Understand & Deliver Better the Bible as a Catechist

  Refectory Hall, The Archbishop`s Curia, Floriana, & Ċentru Parrokkjali Santu r-Rokku, Valletta

Inspired by the biblical verse “your Word is a lamp to my feetand 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.

Persons who do not have any academic background in the psychological sector. Namely:

  • Catechists who do not have an academic background in theology;
  • Persons who have a certificate in either Faith Foundations for Ministry or a General Education Award in Evangelisation
  • Parents who wish to learn how to share Biblical passages with their children. 

Target Audience Age: 18+

The aim of this session is to present the Bible not as a code of conduct or morality book but rather as a text where we encounter people who had a faith journey in God. In addition, it will also present the Bible as a tool, through which, we, the people of God living today, can also grow in our own faith in Jesus and God.

The aim of this session is to delve deeper into the first 5 books of the Bible. Attention will be given to the cultural backgrounds and literary genres presented in these books. Students will have the opportunity to appreciate, interpret, and teach from these books in their ministry.

The aim of this session is to understand the role of the prophet in the Old Testament as well as to explore the various theological themes which emerge in these books. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to teach from these books in their ministry.

Who were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and why is Jesus portrayed so differently in each gospel? The aim of this session is to present the diversity found in the synoptic gospels and the gospel of John and at the same time examine the unity found between them.

The aim of this session is the help the learner understand what a miracle is and what is its significance. In addition, parables are also explored as both a spiritual and a teaching tool. Methods for interpreting and applying miracles and parables as an interesting way of teaching are also explored.

This will be a reflective session which will provide an opportunity for the student to evaluate what s/he has learnt throughout the course as well as explore how the word of God is speaking to him/her today.

 

The course is delivered over 12 contact hours over 6 Saturdays. The 2-hour seminars are held on Saturdays between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Saturdays at 10:00 am – 12:00pm
SessionDate & TimeLecturerVenue
The Bible as a Faith Experience22nd October 2022Fr Peter EllulRefectory Hall, The Archbishop`s Curia, Floriana
The Pentateuch19th November 2022Mr Joseph CiapparaRefectory Hall, The Archbishop`s Curia, Floriana
The Prophets 21st January 2023Mr Joseph CiapparaRefectory Hall, The Archbishop`s Curia, Floriana
The Four Gospels25th February 2023Fr Peter EllulRefectory Hall, The Archbishop`s Curia, Floriana
Parables and Miracles29th April 2023Fr Terence Spiteri OSARefectory Hall, The Archbishop`s Curia, Floriana
Inħallu l-kelma t’Alla tkellimna20th May 2023Fr Jimmy BonniciĊentru Parrokkjali Santu r-Rokku, Valletta
This course has two exit certificate options: 
  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend all the course contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students must attend all the contact hours and pass the short multiple-choice online exam. 

Teaching Institution: Lifelong Catechesis

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

Awarding Institute: Pastoral Formation Institute

Duration: 6 Saturdays

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.

Benedictine Spirituality Today

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta
St Benedict

The course Benedictine Spirituality for Today is designed to introduce people to the life and teachings of St Benedict of Norcia (480 – 547), Patriarch of Western Monastics, and Patron of Europe. St Benedict is well-known for his Rule, in which he carefully integrates prayer, manual labor, and study into a well-rounded daily routine.  

His Rule for Monasteries is steeped in Sacred Scripture and is presented as a small guide for beginners. This course shows the Rule of St Benedict as a handbook whose teachings can be readily applied to twenty-first century Christians willing to live their Christian lives in a parish, school, hospital community, or any other community, which for them would be a school of the Lord’s Service’. The ultimate aim is holiness and beholding the face of God. 

Application Closes at noon on the 3rd October 2022

  • have a basic knowledge of the life of St Benedict of Norcia as described in the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great;   
  • be conversant with the major themes in the Rule of St Benedict; 
  • be able to describe Benedictine Spirituality as a way of receiving and giving Blessings within the context of a School of the Lord’s Service; 
  • have read at least the most important parts of the Rule of St Benedict; 
  • be able to identify some major Benedictine geographic landmarks today; 
  • have come across some of the commentators on the Rule of St Benedict; 
  • have been introduced in general terms to Basil and Cassian, as indicated by St Benedict himself; 
  • have been introduced in general terms to the life and writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. 
  • attempt to work out a spirituality based on Benedict’s teachings for the workplace, the family, leisure time, and the digital world of social media 
  • confidently discuss the values and virtues that St Benedict promotes in his Rule; 
  • have had time to reflect on how to apply Benedictine values in their daily lives.
  1. Those who are in search of God in their daily lives.  
  2. Beginners in the spiritual life who would like to explore ‘a small rule for beginners’ as they journey towards God. 
  3. People are interested in Saint Benedict as a master and guide of the spiritual life.  

People who would like to explore what Saint Benedict may have to offer for their spiritual journey. 

Target Audience Age: 18+

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
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:
  • Towards a Benedictine Spirituality of the workplace for managers and others
  • Towards a Benedictine Spirituality of Parish Life
Lecture 2:
  • Hints from Benedict that may be applied to the digital world of social media
  • Spiritual Direction in the Rule of St Benedict
Lecture 3:
  • Reading Basil and Cassian – selected texts
  • Bernard of Clairvaux – the purification of Benedict

 

 The course is delivered over 22 contact hours over 9 weeks. The 3-hour sessions are held weekly on Mondays between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

Venue: Ta` Mlit, Mosta
Module 1 : Reading the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great and The Rule of St Benedict
Lecture 1Monday 17th October 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lecture 2Monday 24th October 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lecture 3Monday 31st October 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Module 2: Benedictine Spirituality in Numbers – The Major Themes of The Rule of St Benedict
Lecture 1Monday 7th November 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lecture 2Monday 14th November 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lecture 3Monday 21st November 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Module 3: Applying Benedict
Lecture 1Monday 28th November 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lecture 2Monday 5th December 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lecture 3Monday 12th December 20225:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend at least 80% of the course’s contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students need to meet the attendance criteria and successfully conclude the course multiple-choice online exam. 

3. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend at least 80% of the course`s contact hours;  
  • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
  • and successfully complete a Reflective Journal of at least 500 words;

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Applicants are required to have an end-of-primary school level of understanding of Maltese and English

Digital: Applicants are required to be digitally literate, including knowing how to access the internet and use a word processor

The Art of Accompanying Couples Preparing for Marriage

  Dar it-Tagħlim, Triq San Girgor Żejtun

“The art of accompanying couples” provides the basic knowledge and skills needed by leading couples who are commencing their ministry with engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage. This course introduces those new to this ministry in the art of creating the necessary group dynamics, accompanying individual couples, keeping up to date with information and methodologies in this particular field. This course addresses these needs by modelling the learning outcomes in the methodology of the course itself.

The intended learning outcomes: 

By the end of this course the students will be able to:

  • facilitate a group of young couples preparing for Christian marriage
  • accompany on a basic spiritual and emotional level young engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage.

Application Closes at noon on the 16th September 2022

  • couples who are being introduced to the ministry of accompanying couples towards the sacrament of marriage; 
  • other couples who are already accompanying couples towards marriage as a form of ongoing formation.  (commonly known as koppji mexxejja) 

Target Audience Age: 19-65+

The course is delivered on Fridays between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Throughout the course, the participants will be mentored by experienced Cana Couple Leaders (koppja mexxejja) Mr Chris and Ms Rosanne Triganza. Through useful tips and experiences, the couple can help participants with any queries they might have and to better understand their future role as a Cana Couple Leader (koppja mexxejja).

DateSessionLecturers
30th SeptemberSession 1: Group Dynamics Mr Joseph Pellicano
7th OctoberSession 2: Skills for Accompanying Individuals Rev. Prof Paul Galea
14th OctoberSession 3: Growing Deeper in the Spiritual Dimension Mr Claudio and Ms Antoinette Laferla
21st OctoberSession 4: Exploring Available Resources Part 1: Family Planning and Sexuality  Ms Christine Galea
28th OctoberSession 5: Exploring Available Resources
Part 2: Issues with moral theology related to the family 
Rev Prof. Emmanuel Agius
4th & 11th NovemberSession 6: Assessment Presentation by the Participating Couples Fr Charles Attard and Fr Aayrton Muscat
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. This will give the participants the chance to observe what being a couple leader (koppja mexxejja) entails.

This course is held on Fridays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates
SessionDatesTimes
SeptemberFriday 30th September 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
OctoberFridays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th October 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
Presentation SessionFridays 4th & 11th November 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. Dates and location for this arrangement will be discussed individually with the applicants.

Assessment: short presentation during the last course session.

Certification: Certificate of Achievement

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, a student must; attend all the contact hours, complete the leading couple shadowing experience and pass successfully the assessment/s.

Teaching Institutions: Cana Movement together with Pastoral Formation Institute.

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

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.

Consecrated Life in Ecclesial Magisterium and Canon Law

  Archdiocese of Malta, Calcedonius Square, Floriana

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

20% Discount will be given when more than 5 applicants
from the same congregation apply for this course.

This course aims at accompanying consecrated women and men by inviting them to deepen their formation in Ecclesial Magisterium and Canon Law. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the participants will:

  • become aware of what the teachings of the magisterium and of canon law in the realm of consecrated life are;
  • be able to reflect, analyse and synthesise the applicability of canon law in various circumstances through workshops and case studies
Applications for this course are now closed.  
  • Men and women members of the consecrated life,
  • Men and women of societies of apostolic life,

Target Audience Age: 18+

Session 1:     The ecclesial magisterium and consecrated life

Session 2:     Documents from Vatican Council II till today  

Session 3:     Documents from Vatican Council II till today  

Session 4:     Introduction to canon law and consecrated life within the                                                           Code of Canon Law (CIC)

Session 5:     History and forms of consecrated Life

Session 6:     The evangelical counsels

Session 7:     Religious life: admission and separation

Session 8:     Governance of institutes

Session 9:     Administration of goods

Session 10:   The apostolate of institutes

Session 11:    Relationship with clergy and diocesan bishop

Session 12:   Related matters to consecrated life in canon law

Wednesdays at 16:30 – 18:30

September 28th
October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
December 7th, 14th

Concluding with a half-day retreat on a Saturday.

The date and venue will be discussed and decided together with the participants

Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend all the course contact hours. 

   2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students must attend all the contact hours and pass the short multiple-choice online exam. 

  3.  Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

      • attend all the contact hours;  
      • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
      • and successfully complete a Reflective Journal of at least 500 words;


Teaching and Awarding Institution:
 Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Proficient in Maltese and English.

Digital Competences: Computer literate (how to access the internet and use a word processor).

Applications for this course are now closed.

Safeguarding Seminar for Clergy

  Blended
priest talking to child

This seminar aims to equip priests (and brothers) with the necessary safeguarding tools for their work in the community. By familiarising themselves with the key principles of safeguarding, priests can learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

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

  1. familiarise themselves 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
  • Diocesan Priests
  • Religious Order Priests
  • Religious Order Brothers

3-hour in-person seminar. The PFI will be offering this seminar on six different dates, you may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

You may choose one of the following 6 seminars.

Seminar Dates Time Venue
May Tuesday 10th May 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Ċentru Parrokjali, Santa Luċija
September Tuesday 13th September 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Ċentru Parrokjali Santa Marija, Birkirkara

Certificate: Certificate of Attendance*

*To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, a student must; attend all the contact hours.

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.