PT 438: Educational Chaplaincy: Ministry of Catechesis and Faith Formation

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Module Level

7/8/9: Dip/H.Dip/MTh

Time Allowance

Semester One, 12 weeks. One hour per week


Class Work 40% Written Assignment 60%

Module Aims

  • To understand the concepts of Catholic Education, religious education and catechesis as it has developed since the Second Vatican Council.
  • To locate the place of religious education in the contemporary Irish school and its implications for chaplaincy.
  • To become familiar with the methodology, content and elements of the Grow in Love programme.
  • To explore the relationship between home, school and parish as partners in religious education and to consider how this relationship can be strengthened.
  • To investigate particular approaches to chaplaincy in the primary school and the resources necessary for success.

Outline/ Indicative Syllabus

  • Spirituality of the Child
  • Religious Education & Catechesis
  • Catholic Education
  • Religious Education Curriculum and Programme
  • Religious Education ad Special education Needs
  • Prayer and Liturgical formation in the Classroom
  • Sacrament and Sacramental Formation


  • • Groome, Thomas H, Will There be Faith? Depends on Every Christian, Dublin: Veritas, 2011.
  • • O’Higgins Norman, James, ed., Education Matters – Readings in Pastoral Care for School Chaplains, Guidance Counsellors and Teachers, Dublin: Veritas, 2011.
  • • Lane, Dermot A. Challenges Facing Religious Education in Contemporary Ireland, Dublin: Veritas, 2008.
  • • Harmon, M. and Mahon, E. Prayer Assemblies for Primary Schools. Dublin: Veritas, 2012.
  • • Irish Episcopal Conference, Grow in Love Resources. Dublin: Veritas, 2015-2017.
  • • Mahon, E. The Bridge: Enabling Parents to Share Faith with their Children. Dublin: Veritas, 2013.
  • • Mahon, M. and Delaney, M. Do This In Memory. Dublin: Veritas, 2009.
  • • Mahon, M. You Shall Be My Witnesses. Dublin: Veritas, 2009.