Training Courses

Ministry of Lay Pastoral Leader    A new Volunteer Ministry 

Parish life has changed greatly. One obvious change is that there are fewer priests. This has resulted in some parishes having no resident priest. Where once we had a priest in each parish, now many parishes are served by the priests of the pastoral area.

People are concerned about the future of their parishes. The diocese of Kerry has In the future, parishes will be served by a team of clergy and lay pastoral leaders working together as a team.

The ministry of the lay pastoral leader is a ministry of co-ordinating, leading and supporting pastoral activities in their local area. It will involve taking responsibility for some ministries traditionally carried out by priests. This new ministry will complement the ministry of the deacon and the priest.

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Course in Pastoral Ministry

No course in 2022-2023

More than 500 people involved in their local parish have undertaken the Diocese of Kerry Course in Pastoral Ministry. This is a great source of renewal and deepening of faith and ministry for all. Participants have enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow ministers as well as the opportunity to interact with theologians around key aspects of faith and ministry.

Who is this course for? It is for members of parish pastoral councils, liturgy groups, finance committees and safeguarding children committees. It is for those who are involved in children’s liturgy groups, pre-sacramental preparation and baptism teams. It is for those who are already involved in ministry in their parish, and all who wish to become more involved in their parish.

This training course will…

Nurture the personal and spiritual growth of all who are involved in ministry in today’s Church.

Develop the confidence and competence of those involved in parish ministry, enabling them to make a greater contribution to the life of their parish and the Church.

Equip parish ministers with the knowledge, skills and practice needed to be effective in parish.

Some of the topics covered

  • Mission of Jesus Christ and Mission of the Church
  • Call of Baptism
  • Role and Function of Parish Groups
  • Group Dynamics
  • Scripture
  • Prayer and Spirituality
  • Sacraments
  • Ministering in the 21st Century
  • Liturgy
  • Social Justice
For more information, contact Frances Rowland @ 064 6632644.