This third and final Institute focuses on the pastoral aspects of being a parish catechetical leader. According to Co-Workers, "pastoral formation cultivates the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that directly pertain to effective functioning in the ministry setting and that also pertain to pastoral administration that supports direct ministry."

You will hone pastoral skills and be inspired and challenged to help others nurture and grow their relationship with God.

Prerequisite: You must complete "Year I and II" Institutes (or equivalents) to register for "Year III."

Topics covered:

Pastoral Knowledge

  • The Generational and Cultural Challenges

  • A New Look at Mystagogy

  • Inviting People to Experience God in Daily Life

Pastoral Attitudes

  • Ministerial Ethics and the Law

  • Cultivating Conversion in Ministry

  • Working with Faith Formation Commissions

Pastoral Skills

  • Pastoral Listening

  • Creating a Catechetical Vision

  • Pastoral Issues/Concerns from the Vineyard

Effective Functioning

  • Reflective Practices in Pastoral Ministry