This unit invites students to develop a theology of vocation and ministry patterned on Christ, the Good Shepherd, who ‘came to serve and not be served’. Priest or lay, woman or man, young or old, what are the hallmarks of a healthy call to be a minister of Christ? This unit gives particular attention to the vision of Church of Vatican II, the insights gained from the experience of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Pastores Dabo Vobis and students’ own experiences of vocation and ministry.

Unit code: CT9025Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Identify the biblical foundations to Christian call to vocation


Reflect critically on the causes of shortcomings identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in ministerial formation and practice


Evaluate the healthiness of various theologies of vocation


Identify the elements of a healthy theology of vocation within that of single, married, priestly or religious life


Provide a critique of the causes and effects of clericalism


Assess the theology underpinning vocational and/or ministerial models

Unit sequence

Prerequisite of 15 Points of CT or DP


An interactive mode lecture, exploratory workshop, series of pre-prepared materials and online resources will be employed.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Lumen Gentium. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Vatican II. 1964.
  • Confoy, Maryanne. Religious Life and Priesthood. New York: Paulist Press, 2008.
  • Coombs, Maria and Francis Nemeck. Called by God: A Theology of Vocation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.
  • Gaillardetz, Richard R. Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.
  • John Paull II, Pastores Dabo Vobis, Apostolic Exhortation on Formation of Priests, 1992.
  • Pennington, Basil. Called: New Thinking on Christian Vocation, Minneapolis MN: Seabury,1983.
  • Power, David Noel. Mission, Ministry, Order: Reading the Tradition in the Present Context. New York: Continuum, 2008.
  • Sofield, Loughlan, and Carroll Juliano. Principled Ministry: A Guidebook for Catholic Church Leaders. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2011.
  • Wilson, George. Clericalism. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay (2500 wds)

2500 40.0

Essay (3500 wds)

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Jul, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-29 08:37:18 +1000