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Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers

Start Date

18 January
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Fee on application

Course Aim: To support the integration and orientation process of incoming pastoral workers and to prepare them for ministry in parishes and congregational settings.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course participants will have received an holistic introduction into life in Ireland which will help them adjust to their new home, feel confident in fulfilling their pastoral role and ensure that their ministry meets the needs of those they serve. Students will:

  • Gain insights and understanding of approaches to ministry in Ireland
  • Explore issues related to liturgy and spirituality in the context of pastoral ministry in Ireland
  • Be introduced to innovative and appropriate outreach approaches to facilitate authentic engagement with congregations and communities
  • Explore various themes of inter and cross cultural communication (change, conflict, authority, leadership, listening, collaboration and personal wellbeing)
  • Have received a broad overview of the socio-economic, political, cultural landscape and history of Ireland
  • Be awarded a certificate of training from the National Board of Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland and be fully compliant with the protocol for safeguarding training for people in ministry in Ireland

Themes covered on the course

Acculturation, communication and collaboration
  • Coping with change and transition issues
  • Understanding new contexts, responsibilities and relationships
  • Dealing with cultural nuances, attitudes, norms and behaviours
  • Developing and nurturing positive, authentic relationships
  • Awareness and ability to negotiate power dynamics, authority
  • Resilience, well being and self care
  • Conflict resolution
Ministry in Ireland
  • Structure of the Catholic Church, Bishops’ Conference, Association of Missionaries and Religious in Ireland, diocesan and parish settings
  • Introduction to key liturgical policies and practices from the Bishops’ Conference in Ireland related to ministry in Ireland
  • Understanding responsibilities and duties of roles in both parish and congregational settings
  • Effective ministry preaching and communicating styles
Ministry in Action
  • The role of incoming pastoral ministry workers
  • Day to day pastoral work, making the link between the Church’s teaching and everyday life
  • How to connect authentically with congregations, communities and individuals
  • The role of women in the Church
  • Acknowledgement of the role of the Church in a post Christian Europe
Historical, economic & social introduction to Ireland
  • Introduction to key Irish historical events
  • Critical social challenges: poverty, exclusion, homelessness, inequalities of access to healthcare, education, work and housing
  • Brief introduction to taxation and Irish social welfare system and entitlements
  • How to access information
  • A certified day’s training from the National Board of Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland is included which ensures that participants are in compliance with the safeguarding protocol for those working in pastoral ministry

Course Information

Scheduling This course takes place in 4 blocks of 3 consecutive days over a 10 week period. The next course dates are in early 2017:

  • January 18th, 19th and 20th
  • February 8th, 9th and 10th
  • March 8th, 9th and 10th
  • March 29th, 30th and 31st
Class Size Kimmage DSC works with groups of 12-15 participants per facilitator. This is considered best practice and most conducive to learning, the maximum number of participants will not exceed 15.
Teaching Style The approach to teaching is student centred and participative in style. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on and engage with the course content through group, plenary and individual exercises and methods.
Further supports It is encouraged that all participants are paired with a mentor from their sponsor or host community to support their learning throughout the course and beyond. Kimmage DSC provides clear signposting to additional resources relevant to each area of content as required throughout the course (for example; support agencies for mental health issues, social welfare issues, housing, health and employment supports).
Course Fees The course fee is €1,500 per participant. This covers full tuition, light lunch and refreshments, library access and course materials. Participants are responsible for their accommodation arrangements.

All participants must be approved by their sponsor or host congregation in Ireland.

Please Note:

  • The next course is provisionally scheduled to begin in Autumn 2017, subject to sufficient demand.
  • This course does not cover any aspect of evangelical ministry.
  • A working knowledge of both written and spoken English is required in order to benefit from and participate fully in the course.

Course Location: Kimmage DSC, Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12

Contact: cds-support@kimmagedsc.ie

Tel: +353 (0)1 406 4307


Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers

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