PATHWAYS – Exploring Faith as an Adult

Published on June 17, 2021

Thursday Evening Course for Adults
Venue: DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra, Dublin, 9.

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

About the Course:
The programme is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin, over two years, from late September to late May each year.
From September 2021, Pathways will take place on Thursday evenings from 7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. in DCU St.
Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra, Dublin, 9. There are three optional Saturday sessions each year. The
next starting date for the programme will be on Thursday 30th. September 2021 (Covid permitting).
Applications are now open. See contact details below. Early application is advisable as places will be limited.

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, retreats 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. There is a short application form in the
programme brochure. Copies of the brochure are available from the Programme Director (contact details below).

Course Cost
Fees are €400 each year. Fees may be paid in full at the beginning of the year or in instalments throughout the year.
Part or full sponsorship may be available from some parishes.

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; What Happened at Vatican II?; 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; Teachings of Pope Francis; Approaches to Ministry; Bereavement
and Loss; Family; Pastoral Issues Today; Justice and Peace, Ecumenism; Ecology; Caring for Yourself.

For further information please contact:
Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme,Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, D03 P2E7.
Tel: +353 1 8087594 Email: ehoulahan@dublindiocese.ie; pathways@dublindiocese.i