Spiritan Mission Ireland

Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers

Orientation Course for Incoming Pastoral Ministry Workers Spiritan Mission Ireland has designed a tailor made course aimed at incoming pastoral workers. This course aims to support the integration and orientation process of incoming pastoral workers and to prepare them for ministry in parishes and congregational settings.

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. Students 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.
  • Be introduced to innovative and appropriate outreach approaches to facilitate authentic engagement with congregations and communities.
  • 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.


A course held over 13 selected days in February / March 2019 had eleven participants (pictured below). Ministering in the Archdioceses of Armagh and Dublin, and the Dioceses of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, Killaloe, and Kildare & Leighlin, they were from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. A Brazilian Capuchin is assigned to work with the Brazilian community in Dublin, while one Kenyan Spiritan in formation has been assigned to Ardbraccan where he is undertaking his ‘pastoral experience programme’.  

A course held over 13 selected days in February / March 2019 had eleven


Next course

Further to the Spring 2019 course and following an evaluation with the participants & facilitators, a new course is planned for Winter 2019 – Spring 2020. We look forward to posting details of the course on this website and communicating information about it to the Bishops and AMRI.