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Pastoral Theology 5171B
Introduction to Lay Ministry

SATURDAYS
St. Peter's Seminary

Instructor: Mr. Joe Bezzina, BA, MDiv, BEd

 

A. COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course engages the Post Vatican II directives and renewed vision of the laity and implications for the mission of the Church in the modern world. It examines the history of ministry. It explores the theology, function and fundamental principles of ministry. Current issues and challenges will be identified and critiqued in light of their pastoral implications.
 

B. GOALS:

This course will assist students to grow in the following knowledge, skills and attitudes:

KNOWLEDGE:

1. understand the nature of lay ministry as set forth in Church documents
2. investigate and recognize the history of lay ministry in the early church and throughout Church history
3. name the rights and responsibilities that the baptized enjoy
4. explore the various approaches to lay ministry as lived out today, both in the Church and in the World

SKILLS:

1. develop and articulate their own personal vision for ministry
2. identify current issues and challenges in ministry
3. exercise conversion and dialogue skills
4. analyze Church documents
5. develop approaches for dealing with controversy
6. practice theological reflection
7. identify and exercise professional responsibility in ministry
8. reflect on the minister's relationship to the Church
9. review some different methods for growing in holiness
10. demonstrate fluency in spoken and written English

ATTITUDES:

1. celebrate the richness of our Baptismal call
2. appreciate the history of lay involvement in the Church
3. appreciate the exploration of various approaches to lay ministry as lived out today, both in the Church and in the World
4. develop an openness to new ideas, respect for others and hospitality
5. appreciate how canon law is an instrument of the pastoral mission of the Church and how it can serve one's own pastoral ministry
6. reflect on our own perceptions about growth in spiritual life

 

C. ASSESSMENT:


 

1. Students will complete three (3) Reflective Reading Assignments 15%
2. Students will complete a major independent project/paper.  this will be broken down into a few components: an annotated bibliography; thesis statement, rationale and outline of paper, 10-15 minute presentation to the class, and, the final paper. 45%
3. Student's active and informed participation will be a major component in this course. 15%
4. Students will take a final exam which shall help them integrate the knowledge and skills of the course. 25%

 

D. READINGS AND TEXTBOOKS:

Required:

Rademacher, William J. Lay Ministry: A Theological, Spiritual, and Pastoral Handbook. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991.

Second Vatican Council. "Constitution on the Church" (Lumen Gentium), 1964, 21 November. (http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_
19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html
)

Second Vatican Council. "Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity" (Apostolicam Actuositatem), 1965, 18 November.
(http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_ 19651118_apostolicam-actuositatem_en.html)

The code of canon law: in English translation. London: Collins; Ottawa: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. 1983. BQV1616 E5 1983A

O'Meara, Thomas. Theology of Ministry. New York: Paulist Press, 1999. (chapter 3)

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Responsibility in Ministry: A Statement of Commitment. Ottawa: Publications Service, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1996.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, Inc. 2005.
(http://www.usccb.org/laity/laymin/co-workers.pdf)

Recommended:

John Paul II. On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World. 1988.

A more complete bibliography is listed below.

 

E. SCHEDULE, TOPICS & READINGS

Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, & Nov. 29, 2008

COURSE TOPICAL OUTLINE:

MODULE ONE: September 20, 2008 - Ministry in Sacred Scripture - Ministry in the Earluy Church

Readings:
Rademacher, William J. Lay Ministry: A Theological, Spiritual, and Pastoral Handbook. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991, chapters 1 and 2.

MODULE TWO: October 4, 2008 - Ministry in the Early Church to Vatican II

Readings:
Rademacher, William J. Lay Ministry: A Theological, Spiritual, and Pastoral Handbook. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991, chapters 3 and 4.

O'Meara, Thomas. Theology of Ministry. New York: Paulist Press, 1999, chapter 3 (text will be on Reserve shelf at St. Peter's Seminary Library - specific pages to be assigned)

Second Vatican Council. "Constitution on the Church" (Lumen Gentium), 1964, 21 November.
(http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_
19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html
)

Reading Reflection #1

MODULE THREE: November 1, 2008 - Understanding Ministry in Light of Vatican II

Readings:
Rademacher, William J. Lay Ministry: A Theological, Spiritual, and Pastoral Handbook. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991, chapters 5, 6 and 7

Second Vatican Council. "Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity" (Apostolicam Actuositatem), 1965, 18 November.
(http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_ 11651118_apostolicam-actuositatem_en.html)

Canon Law (specific paragraphs to be assigned)

Reading Reflection #2

MODULE FOUR: November 29, 2008 - Ministry Today

Readings:
Rademacher, William J. Lay Ministry: A Theological, Spiritual, and Pastoral Handbook. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991, chapters 8-10.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Responsibility in Ministry: A Statement of Commitment. Ottawa: Publications Service, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1996.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, Inc. 2005.
(http://www.usccb.org/laity/laymin/co-workers.pdf)

Reading Reflection #3
Presentations

FINAL EXAM: Date to be announced

FINAL PAPER: Date to be announced

FINAL EXAM: Date to be announced

 

F. UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS

Students are responsible for knowing the University's academic policies and regulations and any particularities of their own course of study. These can all be found at the University's website (http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/handbook/appeals/ scholoff.pdf). Ignorance of these policies is not an excuse for any violation thereof. The following policies are particularly important to note:

Submission of Assignments: It is the responsibility of the student to organize his or her work so that the assignments are completed on time. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment will be deducted for each day it is overdue without permission.

Plagiarism: Students must write their essays and assignments in their own words. Whenever students take an idea of a passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt by quotation marks and/or footnotes. Plagiarism is a major academic offense. Students may be required to submit their work in electronic form for plagiarism checking.

Selection and Registration of Courses: Students are responsible for ensuring that their selection of courses is appropriate and accurately recorded, that all prerequisite course(s) have been successfully completed, and that they are aware of any anti-requisite course(s) that they have taken.

 

G. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church. New York. Doubleday, 1995.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Responsibility in Ministry: A Statement of Commitment. Ottawa: Publications Service, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1996.

Dulles, Cardinal Avery. "Can Laity Be Called "Ministers"? Origins 35.44 (April 20, 2006) pp. 725-731.

Fox, Zeni. New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church. Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward, 1997.

Gula, Richard M. Ethics in Pastoral Ministry. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1996.

Hill, Brennan R. Exploring Catholic Theology: God, Jesus, Church, and Sacraments. Mystic, Connecticut: Twenty-Third Publications, 2001.

John Paul II. On the Focation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World. 1988

Kasper, Walter. Leadership in the Church: How Traditional Roles Can Serve The Christian Community Today. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2003.

Leckey, Dolores R. The Laity and Christian Education: Apostolicam Actuositatem, Gravissimum Educationis. New York: Paulist Press, 2006.

Miller, Michael R. (ed) Doing More With Life: Connecting Christian Higher Education to a Call to Service. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2007.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Lay Ecclesial Ministry: The State of the Questions. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, 2003.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Together in God's Service: Toward a Theology of Ecclesial Lay Ministry. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, Inc., 1998.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, 2003.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, Inc., 2005 (http://www.usccb.org/laity/laymin/ co-workers.pdf)

O'Meara, Thomas. Theology of Ministry. New York: Paulist Press, 1999.

Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops. Lay Pastoral Associates in Parish Settings. Perspectives, Considerations and Suggestions. 1999.

Power, David N. Gifts That Differ: Lay Ministries Established and Unestablished. New York, N.Y.: Pueblo Publishing Co., 1985.

Rademacher, William J. Lay Ministry: A Theological, Spiritual, and Pastoral Handbook. New York: Crossroad Publishing Co., 1985.

Rausch, Thomas P. Being Catholic in a culture of choice. Collegeville, Mn.: Liturgical Press, 2006.

Second Vatican Council. "Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity" (Apostolicam Acutositatem), 1965, 18 November.
(http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_ 19651118_apostolicam-actuositatem_en.html)

Second Vatican Council. "Constitution on the Church in the Modern World" (Lumen Gentium), 1964, 21 November.
(http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html)

Second Vatican Council. "The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World" (Gaudium et Spes), 1965, 7 December.
(http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_ 19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html)

Shaw, Russell. Ministry or Apostolate? What Should the Catholic Laity Be Doing? Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2002.

Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. "The Priest, Teacher of the Word, Minister of Sacraments, Leader of the Community." Origins 29.13 (September 9, 199) pp. 197-211.

Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. On Certain Questions on Collaboration. 1997.

Vosa, Robert (Bishop). "Affirmation of Faith for Lay Ministers in Diocese." Origins 34.9 (July 29, 2004) pp. 139-144.