Spiritan Mission Ireland

Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers

Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers

Postponed until further notice. Update on new dates will be posted anon.


Spiritan Mission Ireland, has designed a tailor made course aimed at incoming pastoral ministry workers. This course seeks to support the integration and orientation process of incoming pastoral workers and to prepare them for ministry in parishes and congregational settings. The course is fully residential and takes place in the Spiritan Retreat and Spirituality Centre in Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath. This beautiful setting affords the participants the opportunity to learn together in a relaxed community atmosphere where there will be opportunity for personal and communal prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Learning Objectives:

On completion of the course participants will have received a holistic introduction into life in Ireland which will help them adjust to their new home, feel confident in fulfilling their pastoral role and ensure that their ministry meets the needs of those they serve. Participants will:

  • Gain insights and understanding of approaches to ministry in Ireland
  • Explore issues related to liturgy and spirituality in the context of pastoral ministry in Ireland
  • Explore various themes of inter and cross-cultural communication (change, conflict, authority, leadership, listening, collaboration and personal well being)
  • Have received a broad overview of the socio economic, political, cultural landscape and history of Ireland
  • Be awarded a certificate of training from the National Board of Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland and be fully compliant with the protocol for safeguarding training for people in ministry in Ireland


  • Acculturation, communication and collaboration
  • Ministry in Ireland
  • Ministry in Action
  • Historical, economic & social introduction to Ireland
  • Safeguarding


This residential course takes place in 2 blocks of 5 days over two consecutive weeks: Feb 10th-14th and Feb 17th- 21st

Class Size
The group will have a maximum of 15 participants per facilitator. This is considered best practice and most conducive to participative learning.
Teaching Style
The course uses an Adult Education methodology. Participants are encouraged to critically reflect on and engage with the course content through group, plenary and individual exercises and methods.
Further supports
It is strongly encouraged that all participants are paired with a mentor from their sponsor or host community to support their learning throughout the course and beyond. It is expected that the mentor would attend the last day of the programme on February 21st. The course provides clear signposting to additional resources relevant to each area of content as required throughout the course (for example support agencies for mental health issues, social welfare issues, housing, health and employment supports and Catholic Education).
Course Information:
Course Location: The course takes place in the Spiritan Retreat and Spirituality Centre in Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath. This attractive venue offers the participants an opportunity to engage fully with the programme in a reflective and peaceful context. (See www.antobar.ie )
Course Fees:
The course fee is €1,500 per participant. This covers full tuition, full board, NBSCCCI certification, and course materials. Participants are responsible for their own transport arrangements. All participants must be approved by their sponsoring bishop or host congregation in Ireland.
Please Note:
A working knowledge of both written and spoken English is required in order to benefit from and participate fully in the course. Apply before 13th January 2020
The course requires a minimum of 10 participants. In the event that fewer than 10 people apply the course will not proceed.
For an on-Line Application Form or further information please contact: Course Co-ordinator: Sean Goan, Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Dublin D12P5YP
Email: smi@spiritan.ie
Tel: +353 (01) 499 7622