The unit will explore issues and approaches to preaching while concentrating on the application of this knowledge to the proclamation of the Word of God in liturgical and cultural contexts.

Unit code: DL9423Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


prepare and deliver a homily


critically and appreciatively evaluate the content and delivery of a homily


identify and analyse the different “texts” involved in preaching as a communicative process


examine issues concerning the interpretation of biblical texts


discuss the place of preaching in the life of the faith community


describe the difference between at least two cultural contexts and their impact on preaching

Unit sequence

General prerequisites: At least two foundational units, preferably in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Liturgy, or equivalent.


Lecture, discussion, presentation, videos of homilies, peer review

Indicative Bibliography

  • DeBona, Guerric. Preaching Effectively, Revitalizing your Church: The Seven-Step Ladder Toward Successful Homilies. New York: Paulist Press, 2009.
  • DeLeers, Stephen V. Written Text Becomes Living Word: The Vision and Practice of Sunday Preaching. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • Francis. Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Apostolic Exhortation, 2013.
  • Hilkert, Mary C. Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination. New York: Continuum, 1997.
  • Keller, Timothy. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Penguin Books, 2016.
  • Lischer, Richard, ed. The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching, Augustine to the Present. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2002.
  • O’Mahony, Kieran J. Speaking from Within: Biblical Approaches for Effective Preaching. Dublin: Veritas, 2016.
  • Sklba, Richard J. and Joseph Juknialis. Easter Fire: Fire Starters for the Easter Weekday Homily. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.
  • Waznak, Robert P. An Introduction to the Homily. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998.
  • Whitfield, Joshua J. The Crisis of Bad Preaching: Redeeming the Heart and Way of the Catholic Preacher. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2019.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Preparation, delivery and evaluation of a homily (7 minutes), plus personal, peer and lecturer review (oral and written) of this homily and oral review of two shorter homilies. All homilies are videotaped and replayed for review as part of the process.

3500 60.0
Essay 3500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000