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This course is included as Exclusive Content for subscribers at the Scholar and Fellow level.

Introduction to Practical Theology: Personal, Parish, and Diocesan Ministry in the Church

In this introductory course, we want to orient ourselves to the world from the perspective of the Church. We want to humbly approach the work of whichever ministry we are involved in with the mind of the Church. We want to think, live, and act with the whole Body of Christ. To do this faithfully and efficaciously, we need to be formed not only in the preambles and tenets of the faith but also in the Church’s documents on the laity, evangelization, and the ministry of the word. The student will be able:

• Understand the Lay Apostolate
• Situate the Lay Apostolate within the mission of the Church
• See the interrelatedness of all forms of the Ministry of the Word
• Define and Understand what the Church means by “evangelization” • Clarify their own role within the Church’s mission

Required Texts:
All required texts can be accessed from the Vatican Website.

  1. Apostolicam Actuositatem
  2. Christefidelis Laici
  3. Evangelii Nuntiandi
  4. Evangelli Gaudium

Recommended Reading: “The Soul of the Apostolate” by by Dom J.B. Chautard

Introduction to Practical Theology Syllabus & Objectives

The following lectures will be provided in this course:

  • The Apostolate
  • Apostolicam Actuositatem – Decree on the Apostolate of
  • Lay People Christefidelis Laici, pt. 1
  • Christefidelis Laici, pt. 2
  • The Ministry of the Word
  • Introduction to Evangelization
  • Evangelii Nuntiandi
  • Evangelii Gaudium
  • The Basic Message of Salvation
  • Current Trends in Evangelization
  • The New Evangelization…and the Old One!
  • Concluding Remarks

Download the Course Workbook for Introduction to Practical Theology here.