In our modern society, in which the traditional family is facing many challenges, the need to strengthen, provide a model for, and encourage Catholic families to live their vocation faithfully, has never been greater.

This course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required in order to serve couples and their families through every phase of the life cycle. This is done through a two-fold programme that combines academic training as well as practical ministry application.

  • Adults who wish to learn more
  • Couples who which to learn more about the Church teaching on the vocation of marriage
  • Cana Couple Leaders (Koppji Mexxejja ta` Cana) – This course offers an indepth understanding of current issues couples and families


Faith foundations for ministry: basic themes4 ECTS
Catechetical Ministry6 ECTS


– Christian Anthropology with a focus on Love and Sexuality
– Church Teachings on Marriage and the Family – Part 1
– Church Teachings on Marriage and the Family – Part 2
– The Gift of Life and the Gift of Love
– Theology of the Body, John Paul II (Non-residential Weekend Seminar)
– Marriage in Scripture and Lectio Divina
– Sacramental Theology of Marriage
– Liturgical Theology of Marriage


– Pastoral Approach to Marriage and the family
– Psychological and Sociological Perspectives of Marriage and the Family
– Marital relationships and conflict management
– Family work-life balance, financial and time management
– Family Life-Cycle and Dynamics
– Bioethics and the family, formation of conscience and discernment process
– Intimacy in Marriage
– Child development; Communication with children; Children with disability
– Social challenges to the Family, such as alcohol, drug abuse
– Social Media: Challenges and Opportunities for the Family
– Separation; annulment; divorce; cohabitation
– Mental health, ill-health, Domestic violence
– Caring for the elderly and related issues
– The Spirituality and Mission of the Couple (Saturday Morning Seminar)

Nineteen lectures on Thursdays between 18:30 and 20:30 from 4th January till 2nd July 2022 (38 hours)

One non-residential weekend 3rd – 6th February 2022 (15 hours)

Morning Seminar on a Saturday 2nd July 2022 (5 hours)

THD5011: Theology of the Family

January4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
FebruaryNon-Residential Weekend Seminar: 3rd – 6th
8th, 15th, 22nd

THD5010: Theories and Models of Care

March8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Easter Recess from29th March – 11th April 2022
April5th, 26th
May3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
June14th, 21st
JulySaturday 2nd

Assessment: Written assignment for every module

Final Award: Higher Education Award in Family Ministry

MQF Level: Level 5

Duration: 1 year part-time (58 hours)

Certification: A 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 and Pass successfully the assignment

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


Register for this Course