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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Theology of Ministry
Module Code HD8100A
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sandra Cullen
Semester 2: Sandra Cullen
Autumn: Sandra Cullen
Module TeachersSandra Cullen
NFQ level 10 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Literature review

This course is rooted in the premise that all consideration of ministry must take place in an ecclesial context. Hence the philosophy underpinning this course is based on a belief that all discussion of ministry begins with our understanding of what it is to be a faith community, and is implicitly linked to a theological understanding of God. This course will consider the historical evolution of the practice of ministry over 2,000 years of Christian growth. Vatican II and its influence on a renewed theology of ministry as intercultural and interreligious shall also be critiqued. Pastoral ministry, ordained and lay, shall be considered from a universal perspective, in so far as possible. The particular needs of Europe, and of Ireland shall also be addressed.

Learning Outcomes

1. Engage with the early sources, beliefs and practices which have defined Christian ministry making guided use of primary and secondary documentation.
2. Argue and reference a point of view in the theology of ministry supported by relevant academic sources
3. Demonstrate an ability to organise and communicate their understanding of issues in the theology of ministry through written assignment.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Essayn/a100%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Austin Flannery: 1975, Vatican Council II, Vol I and II, Costello Publications Company,
  • Wood, Susan K., ed ,: 2003, Ordering the Baptismal Priesthood: Theologies of Lay and Ordained Ministry,, Liturgical Press Collegeville,
  • Cardinal Roger Mahoney and the Priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles ,: 2000, As I Have Done for You,
  • Osborne Kenan B: 1993, Ministry: Lay Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, Its History and Theology,, Paulist Press, New York,
  • Power, David N.: 1992, Gifts that Differ: Lay Ministries, Established and Unestablished,, Liturgical Press, New York,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MACSPWMA in Chaplaincy Studies & Pastoral Work

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