Pathways – Adult Faith Development Programme 2016

Pathways – Adult Faith Development Programme 2016

With the approval of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the Trustees of All Hallows College the Pathways Programme has been incorporated into the Archdiocese’s Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, at the Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road.     Pathways is two-year, part-time adult faith development programme which will now take place in Clonliffe College, Dublin 3.  The programme has been running successfully since 1985 (30 years!) in All Hallows College. It has been continually updated over the years.  It is a non-academic programme designed to help adults explore, reflect on, and learn more about their faith. It is very much in keeping with Share the Good News the new National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland.PathwaysA4 Poster Aug15 FINAL-001                 Pathways will take place on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm - 9.30pm and will run from late September to late May over two years.  We would appreciate it if you could bring the programme to the attention of any of your parishioners and/or parish council members who might be interested and would benefit from the course.   A number of parishes have sponsored parishioners over the years.  The current cost is €400 per year. Fees may be paid in full at the beginning of the year or in instalments throughout the year. Booking is now open and early booking is advisable.   To reserve a place please phone Eileen Houlahan at (01)8379253 or email pathways@dublindiocese.ie. The programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 24th September 2015 at 7.00p.m. Background  

PATHWAYS

Exploring Faith as an Adult  

The Pathways Programme is geared towards those who wish to explore issues and questions of: faith and ministry; the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development.

  The Course The course for the coming academic year will run from 24th September 2015 to 26th May 2016 on Thursday evenings from 7.00p.m. – 9.30 p.m. in Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.  There are three optional Saturday sessions each year.   Who is the Course for? This course is suitable for men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who are looking for an opportunity to consider questions about belief and Church today.   Course Aims The course values the life experience which the participants bring and, accordingly, group sharing is an integral part of the learning process each year. The course also offers the spiritual and theological formation which will enable participants to explore their faith with greater confidence. It also helps assist people to prepare themselves to respond to the needs of the Church and community and to work in partnerships and parish teams.  Participants have an opportunity to take part in various liturgies and times of Directed Prayer during the year.   Course Entry Requirements The main requirements are: a desire to explore faith; openness to participation; a willingness to listen and an interest in new ideas and approaches to ministry. No academic qualifications and no previous study in theology or spirituality are necessary.  There is no required written work and there are no exams.   Course Cost Fees for the academic year 2015-2016 will be €400.  Fees may be paid in a full at the beginning of the year or in instalments.   Course Content First Year – In the first year the emphasis is on the personal experiences and the faith journeys of the participants. Subjects include: How Adult Learn; Stages of Faith; Images of God; Introduction to Scripture; Celebrating the Church’s Year; the Person of Christ; Personal Journey; Sacraments; the Moral Life; Spirituality and Prayer.   Second Year – The focus of the second year is on Christian living, the Gospel call and how we respond to it. Subjects include: Visions and Models of Church; Approaches to Ministry; Bereavement and Loss; Family; Pastoral Issues Today; Justice and Peace, Ecumenism; Ecology; Caring for Yourself.   Note: There may be some content changes from year to year as currently the programme is cycled over the two year period.  

For further information please contact:

Dr. Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD

Director, Pathways Programme,

Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism,

Holy Cross Diocesan Centre,

Clonliffe Rd.,

Dublin 3.

Tel: +353 1 8379253

Email: ehoulahan@dublindiocese.ie; pathways@dublindiocese.ie