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 starts by analysing scripture references to the Holy Spirit and explores the development of the theology of the Holy Spirit from the Church Fathers to contemporary theology. The course also illustrates the role of the Holy Spirit in liturgy, ecclesial life and communal discernment, and concludes by analysing how the Holy Spirit is expressed in art.

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People who wish to enrich their spirituality by learning more about the third person of the Holy Trinity.

Target Audience`s Age: 18+

This course delves into four main areas:

  1. The Holy Spirit in Scriptures
  2. Patristic and Dogmatic Theology of the Holy Spirit
  3. Holy Spirit in Liturgy
  4. Manifestation of the Holy Spirit
Session Format

Lectures will be on Wednesdays between 18:00 and 20:00 starting from 10th January 2024

January10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st
February7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
March6th, 13th & 20th
April10th, 17th & 24th
May8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

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.


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