The course offers an introduction to the history, theory and practice of Roman Catholic public worship. It does so with particular reference to:

  • Core principles of liturgical-theological study and the meaningful application of such principles;
  • Sacramental praxis of the Eucharist and sacraments of Initiation;
  • Sacramental praxis as it pertains to the liturgical sacraments of Healing and Service;
  • Liturgical praxis in the area of Bereavement and ancillary orders;
  • Liturgical structuring of space and time, with particular reference to  historico-cultural developments, and the composition of contemporary liturgical observances and spaces;
  • Liturgical theology and practices of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter;
  • Marian devotions and popular devotions in the liturgical inheritance of the faithful.

The course is pastorally centred, to better serve learners who are seeking instruction in the theory, practice, and historical development of Christian liturgical heritage. The Western tradition and its expression in the Roman Catholic Liturgy will be explored with special emphasis. The course provides essential learning for individuals who are/ will be involved in Parish Liturgical Commissions and the Animation of the Liturgy, alongside lay persons with an interest in liturgical studies and popular devotions.

Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us on [email protected]

The course will support the ongoing formation of current and prospective Liturgical Leaders and Animators, Sacristans, Special Eucharistic Ministers, Musical Directors, and other liturgical collaborators within their own Catholic communities. The course is also relevant to professionals (e.g. wedding directors, funeral directors, guides of religious tourism etc.) whose activities bring them in direct contact with liturgical places and observances.


First Year


THD5005Theology and the Human Quest for God4 Credits
THP 5002Liturgical Time and Space4 Credits

Second Year


THD5008Introduction to the Foundations of Liturgy4 Credits
THP 5002The Sacraments and Sacramentals4 Credits

Third Year


THD5008Introduction to the Foundations of Liturgy4 Credits
THP 5002Historical Developments of the Liturgy4 Credits

Session Format

  • Fifty-six lectures over two years held on Mondays between 18:30 and 20:30 from 14th October 2021 (112 hours)
  • Four, two-hour, tutorial sessions, held on Mondays and Saturdays (two sessions per year)


Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us on [email protected]

Module 1 – Introduction to the Foundations of Liturgy

Lecturers: Various

In-person22nd & 29th October 202118:30 – 20:30
In-person5th, 12th, 19th & 26th November 202118:30 – 20:30
In-person3rd, 10th & 17th December 202118:30 – 20:30
Christmas Recess19th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022
In-person7th, 14th, 21st & 28th January 202218:30 – 20:30
In-person4th, 11th & 18th February 202218:30 – 20:30

Module 2 – Liturgical Time and Space

Lecturers: Various

Carnival Recess24th Februrary – 1st March 2022
In-person4th, 11th, 18th & 25th March 202218:30 – 20:30
In-person1st & 8th April 202218:30 – 20:30
Easter Recess11th – 24th April 2022
In-person29th April 202218:30 – 20:30
In-person6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May 202218:30 – 20:30
In-person3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th June 202218:30 – 20:30
In-person1st & 8th July 202218:30 – 20:30

Dates for the Second Year will be available in June 2022

Assessment: Written assignments and a presentation after each module

Final Award: Liturgy

PFI Level: Level 5

Duration: 3 year part-time (112 hours)

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.


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