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The Human Experience of God in Prayer

  Floriana
prayer

During this course, participants are invited to experience the beauty of their relationship with God in prayer. The aim of the course is for the participants to deepen their understanding of prayer as essential to our journey of faith.  

The course will be spread over six Saturdays, exploring different approaches to prayer, including scripture, icons, and experiential texts.  

Application Closes on 15th December 2022

Adults who wish to explore and delve deeper into their relationship with God in prayer.

Lecturer
Prayer as the Motor of Spiritual LifeRev Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Prayer in the Old TestamentRev Dr Stefan Attard
Prayer in the New Testament Sr Marie Scicluna rscj
Liturgical and Ecclesial Aspects of PrayerMr Emanuel Micallef
Praying with IconsProf Adrian Gellel
Vocal PrayerRev Dr Mark Sultana

This course is held on Saturdays from 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Mode of Delivery: In person
05/02/2022Introduction to the course: Prayer as the Motor of the Spiritual Life
12/02/2022Prayer in the Old Testament
19/02/2022Prayer in the New Testament
26/03/2022Liturgical and Ecclesial Aspects of Prayer
02/04/2022Praying with Icons
09/04/2022Vocal Prayer

Assessment: no assessment

Final Award: Certificate of Attendance

Duration: 3 months (18 hours)

Certification: A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded after successful* completion of the course

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must: attend a minimum of 70% of each module

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.

Developing Environmental Responsibility

  TBA
Developing Environmental Responsibility

License Number: 2013-FHI-028

The course is designed to inspire and empower participants in taking a stand on sustainability, both in their personal lives and in their communities.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the basic Environmental, Social, and Development Challenges we are facing as a country and globally.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to bring about sustainable choices in their day-to-day life.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to bring about sustainable change at a household, institution, and community level.
  • Reflect critically on their roles and identities as active citizens, consumers, and change-makers in a complex and interconnected world.

The Developing Environmental Responsibility is offered by the Pastoral Formation Institute in collaboration with Franciscan Province of St Paul the Apostle, CEER (University of Malta), and the Interdiocesan Commission for the Environment.

Adults with an interest in

  • developing environmental responsibility
  • engage in ecological conversion
  • further positioning themselves in front of the interconnected double challenge of preserving the environment and eradicating poverty. 
1. Knowing – the Social and Development challenges.
During this introductory lesson, we will discuss the Social and Development Challenge and how they impact us.
2. Knowing – the Environmental challenge.
Current local and global environmental challenges, and how they impact us.
3. Now that I know, what?
Making sense of and taking a stand on the newly acquired knowledge and awareness of the first two sessions. We will examine our own lifestyles and patterns and identify areas that require a change.
4. Aligning my stated values with my daily behavior.
During this lecture, participants will have an opportunity to engage critically in values clarification.
5. If spirituality compels us towards more love and compassion then what?
Spirituality and Ecological Literacy. Living in an ethical and moral manner and meeting today`s challenges.
6. How to re-interpret community for today`s challenges.
This session is a follow up of the previous one but brings out the creation of community and the community mindset as a pre-requisite for overcoming today`s local and global challenges
7. How can we remain inspired?
In this concluding seminar, the participants will have the opportunity to share any behavioral changes they observed or trying to adopt in their day-to-day routine. This opportunity of sharing will help participants learn from each other in inspiring active change.

This course is held on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Mode of Delivery: In person
25/01/2022Knowing – the Social and Development challenges.
01/02/2022Knowing – the Environmental challenge.
08/02/2022Now that I know, what?
15/02/2022Aligning my stated values with my daily behavior.
22/02/2022If spirituality compels us towards more love and compassion then what?
08/03/2022How to re-interpret community for today`s challenges.
15/03/2022How can we remain inspired?

Assessment: Reflective Journal 

Final Award: Higher Education Award in Developing Environmental Responsibility

MQF Level: Level 5

Duration: 7 weeks (14 hours)

Certification: AA sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must: attend a minimum of 70% of each module

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.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

  Blended
Safeguarding Others

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

Employees and volunteers who are currently working, or who desire to get training on working with; children and vulnerable adults or handle their data.

The course is delivered over 5 contact hours. These 5 hours are delivered over two sessions:

  1. 3 hours – In person session
  2. 2 hours – Online Zoom session

Students will also be given additional reading material which they can read in their own time.

Two courses will be delivered, one in December 2021 and one in January 2022. You may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

Each course is delivered over two sessions; (a) 3 hours in-person session and (b) 2 hours Zoom session online. Please choose your course from the dates below.

January 2022
SessionDatesTimesVenue
In-personSaturday 22nd January09:00 – 12:00Archbishop`s Seminary, Rabat
Online sessionSaturday 29th January09:00 – 11:00ZOOM
OR
SessionDatesTimesVenue
In-personMonday 24th January09:00 – 12:00Dar Nazareth, Tarxien
Online sessionMonday 31st January09:00 – 11:00ZOOM

Assessment: The participants have two options:

  • Sit for a short multiple-choice online exam and receive a Certificate of Attendance*

OR

  • Sit for a short multiple-choice online exam, and hand in a written reflective journal of at least 500 words. This will lead to a Certificate of Achievment*

Certification: Certificate of Attendance* or Certificate of Achievement*

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Attendance, a student must; attend all the contact hours and pass successfully the assessment/s.

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.