Course Title: Priestly Formation
Course No: MS50226
This graduate-level course explores the multifaceted and dynamic process of priestly formation within the Church. Through interdisciplinary perspectives, theological insights, and practical application, students will delve deep into the spiritual, intellectual, pastoral, and human dimensions of preparing individuals for the vocation of priesthood. Additionally, this course will examine the challenges and prospects of contemporary priestly formation, as well as its evolving models in response to a changing world.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyze the theological foundations of priestly formation and its significance within the Christian tradition.
- Evaluate the spiritual practices and discernment processes that facilitate the formation of candidates for priesthood.
- Examine the intellectual development and theological education necessary for effective priestly ministry.
- Assess the practical aspects of pastoral formation, including the cultivation of pastoral skills and the ability to address contemporary challenges.
- Explore the psychological, emotional, and relational aspects of human formation in the context of priestly life.
- Critically analyze the challenges and opportunities in contemporary priestly formation, including issues related to cultural diversity, social justice, and technology.
- Reflect on personal and vocational growth within the context of priestly formation.
- Engage in informed discussions and debates on the evolving models and future prospects for priestly training.