Pastoral Care in Schools - team work

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools is being considered as a bridge between faith(s) and culture(s) in the contemporary context. People involved in this mission are to be well prepared in order to be effective instruments of sharing the joy of the Gospel and Gospel values within schools in the current pluralistic society.

Course Aim:

This course gives participants the knowledge and practical skills needed to enhance effective Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy in Schools. The course assists participants to build a range of skills necessary for this ministry: reflective, analytical, critical and synthetic, leadership, collaborative, interpersonal, listening, planning, and implementation.

Application Closes on 17th December 2021

This course is open to all people involved in the educational sector or with an expressed interest to work in this area.

In this module, participants will be introduced to the concept of Pastoral Care / Chaplaincy in schools and prepare them for this mission. Participants will get the opportunity to discuss and learn how pastoral care/ chaplaincy can be a means to facilitate dialogue between faith(s) and culture(s) in our contemporary pluralistic society. In this module, we will articulate how to nurture a wholesome attitude towards life, different religions and cultures, and the whole of creation, founded on Gospel values and the teachings of the Church. 

This module offers the participants the opportunity to examine the richness and the challenges of a multicultural and multifaith environment within the school community in the context of Pastoral Theology. 

In the context of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy,  Pastoral Theology enables the people involved in this ministry to nurture in their life and in the life of the whole school community the truth that;

“[t]he nature of the reign of God is the communion of all human beings between themselves and with God  

( Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio)

This theme will be discussed through selected Scriptural texts and texts from the teachings of the Church and early Church Fathers.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to identify various ways of fostering a relationship with the Transcendent/God through different methods of Prayer. Participants will be able to become more familiar with : 

  • the meaning of  spirituality,  
  • the spiritual development of the young (4-10 yrs.), youth (11-16yrs.), and adults (18+), keeping in mind contemporary culture/s.  
  • how to plan and conduct various spiritual encounters and activities with the young (4-10yrs), youth (11-16yrs) and adults (18+). 

The aim of this module is to enable participants to build resources to design and enrich liturgical and religious celebrations/activities in schools through exploring and adapting artistic expressions, media, and IT resources in the context of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy. 

This module is divided into three parts; 

Part One: One-day seminar – This seminar will enable participants to relate various leadership models and collaboration strategies to Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools.  

Part Two:  Half-day spiritual retreat: where participants will have time to reflect on their own spiritual journey in the light of selected Biblical texts and spiritual literature.    

Part Three:  Online reading:  Four papers are going to be presented as online reading. These papers are related to all the modules and will enable participants to reflect on the different ways that Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy is expressed around the world. Participants will be asked to critically analyze and review these articles and use them to evaluate national experiences. 


Session Format

  • Twenty-eight lectures on Thursday between 17:00-19:15 (60 hours). The mode of delivery for these lectures will alternate between in-person and online. Please refer to the dates below for more information.
  • One day-seminar on Saturday 8th January 2022, between 9:00 – 17:00 ( 8 hours
  • Morning Retreat (5 hours)
  • Online learning (12 hours)


THM6021: Internalizing and Evaluating various perspectives of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools. – Part 1
Saturday 8th January 20229:00 – 17:00Rivotorto Retreat House, Birkirkara

THM6017: Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools: Promoting Human Dignity and Gospel Values in Contemporary Cultures.

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

DatesMode of Delivery
13th JanuaryIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
20th JanuaryOnline
27th JanuaryIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
3rd FebruaryOnline
17th FebruaryIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
24th FebruaryOnline
3rd MarchIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
Public Holiday- 10th February
Carnival RecessFriday 25th February – Tuesday 1st March 2022

THM6019: Nurturing Spirituality through Pastoral Care / Chaplaincy in Schools

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

DatesMode of Delivery
10th MarchIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
17th MarchOnline
24th MarchIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
7th AprilOnline
28th AprilIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
5th MayOnline
12th MayIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
Public Holiday: Thursday 31st March 2022
Easter Recess: Monday 11th April – Sunday 24th April 2022

THM6018: Pastoral Theology in relation to Pastoral Care / Chaplaincy in Schools

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

DatesMode of Delivery
19th MayIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
26th MayOnline
2nd JuneIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
9th JuneOnline
16th JuneIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
23rd JuneOnline
30th JuneIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor

THM6020: Practical ways of Enriching Liturgical Celebrations and Religious Activities in Schools.

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

DatesMode of Delivery
15th SeptemberIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
22nd SeptemberOnline
29th SeptemberIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
6th OctoberOnline
13th OctoberIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor
20th OctoberOnline
27th OctoberIn-person – Gonzi Hall 1st Floor

THM6021: Internalizing and Evaluating various perspectives of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools.
Saturday TBA8:30 – 14:30Rivotorto Retreat House Birkirkara

Assessment: Written assignments. Each assignment will be handed for every module

Final Award: Higher Education Award in Pastoral Care in Schools

MQF Level: Level 6

Duration: 1 year part-time (84 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* and includes:

  • Full qualification at MQF Level 5 (Undergraduate Certificate/ Diploma) or equivalent
  • Proficient in English and/or Maltese language
  • Basic digital competencies (able to do research)
  • Expressed interest in Pastoral Care/ chaplaincy in state or non-state schools.

*sit for a short interview with the board of studies which would assess and consider alternative transferable skills, including proficiency in English/ Maltese – O level or equivalent.

*The applicant will be refunded if not eligible for the course.


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