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.

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


Theology of the Family4 Credits
Family Ministry4 Credits
Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us on [email protected]


– 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)

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

Nineteen lectures on Tuesdays between 18:30 and 20:30 from 17th January till 1st July 2023 (40 hours)

One non-residential weekend 4th – 5th March 2023 (15 hours)

Morning Seminar on a Saturday 1st July 2023 (5 hours)

THD5011: Theology of the Family

January17th, 24th, 31st
February7th, 15th, 28th
Non-Residential Weekend Seminar: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th
March7th, 14th

THD5010: Family Ministry

March21st, 28th
Easter Recess from29th March – 11th April 2022
April18th, 25th
May2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
June6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
JulySaturday 1st

Assessment: Written assignment for every module

Final Award: Pastoral Ministry with Family *

PFI Level: Level 5

Duration: 1 year part-time (58 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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