This unit integrates the history, theology and hermeneutics of Christian preaching with the practice of preaching. Students will be actively engaged in the preparation, delivery and theological reflection of preaching in various contexts and will be reviewed by practitioners and peers.

Unit code: DP9006C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Elucidate the key theological and liturgical principles that inform the art of preaching in the Roman Catholic Liturgy.


Critically engage in effective preparation, delivery and theological reflection for preaching.


Prepare, critique and deliver a homily that exhibits preaching as a public art form


Analyse and demonstrate proficiency in delivering various modes and styles of preaching


Critically evaluate the praxis of preaching by articulating theological insights and reflection on the creation and delivery of homilies

Unit sequence

Foundational Units in Biblical and Theology Studies. In addition, studies in Christology, Pneumatology and Moral Theology are highly recommended.

This unit is restricted to Ordination to the Priesthood and Permanent Diaconate candidates.


This unit is designed to run across a full year with lecture/seminar sessions and practical preaching sessions with feedback and theological reflection. Verbal feedback and theological reflection in portfolio may be recorded or videoed as well as written. Option 1: 20 hours lecture/seminar and 16 hours of practice with feedback and theological reflection done in two series (one per semester).
Option 2: 20 hours lecture/seminar teaching in one semester and 16 hours of practice with feedback and theological reflection in second semester. Option 3: 20 hours lecture/seminar and 16 hours of practice with feedback and theological reflection in one semester

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, Colt C. Christian Eloquence. Contemporary Doctrinal Preaching. Chicago, IL: Hillenbrand Books, 2005.
  • Bishop’s committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations: Preaching the Mystery of Faith: the Sunday Homily. USCCB, Washington, DC: 2012
  • Bishops’ committee on Priestly Life and Ministry of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly. 1982. 17th reprint. Washington, DC: USCCB, 2002.
  • Burghardt, Walter. Preaching: The Art and the Craft. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1987.
  • DeBona, Guerric. Fulfilled in Our Hearing: History and Method of Christian Preaching. New York: Paulist Press, 2005.
  • DeBona, Guerric. Preaching Effectively, Revitalizing Your Church: The Seven-Step Ladder Toward Successful Homilies. New York: Paulist Press, 2009.
  • Foley, Edward, ed. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.
  • Hilkert, Mary C. Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination. New York: Continuum, 2002.
  • Pope Francis. Apostolic Exhortation. The Joy of the Gospel. Vatican City State: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013.
  • Wallace, James A., ed. Preaching in the Sunday Assembly: A Pastoral Commentary on “Fulfilled in Your Hearing”. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Homily/Sermon 4 x 7.5 min or equivalent homilies

2000 25.0
Personal and Professional Evaluation

Personal and Professional Evaluation 2 x 1000 words

2000 25.0

Portfolio (to include preparation, outline, feedback and theological reflection on preparation, delivery, critique and theological reflection on homilies delivered and critiqued)

4000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 20 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-06 13:09:10 +1000