Orientation and Acculturation Course for Pastoral Ministry Workers June 2016
The first of a series of Orientation and Acculturation courses for pastoral ministry workers in Ireland has been completed in Kimmage Development Studies Centre (KDSC / http://kimmagedsc.ie/ ). Participants included twelve priests – including three Spiritans* - two sisters and one brother (pictured) from Africa, Asia and South America who are working in various roles in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Roscommon, Longford, Sligo and Tipperary.
Designed by KDSC to meet the needs of incoming clergy, pastoral workers and religious, the course covered liturgical, practical and personal-development elements, as well as the realities and challenges of pastoral work in Ireland today. Certified training from the National Board of Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland was an important component part.
At the awarding of certificates, Fr. John Kilcrann C.S.Sp. and Rob Kevlihan (Director of KDSC) expressed satisfaction that the need for orientation and assimilation for incoming pastoral workers was being met by this new course. Students were warmly congratulated on completing the course. "The energy, warmth and commitment to ministry is very evident" said course-coordinator Audry Deane, who added that students had “shown an inspiring degree of vocation, humility and desire to serve. They say that they have found the course invaluable as it equips them with a useful blend of practical, personal and, most importantly, pastoral supports to help them in their varied roles in parishes and communities in Ireland".
Some places remain available for the next course, planned for Autumn 2016. Enquiries to Audry Deane (email@example.com).
* The Spiritans who were on this course were Fr. Raphael Annan (Greenhills/Kimmage Parish), Fr. Augustine Bangalie (Chaplain, Rockwell College) and Fr. Edvaldo Rodrigues da Silva (Deansrath Parish). They are respectively from Ghana, Sierra Leone and Brazil.