Joint Diploma In Socio-Pastoral Formation

The course is for two years covering faith formation, personality development and Catholic Social Teaching.
Key AreasCompetenciesModulesContent
(I) Faith education1. Basic catechism
2. Teachings skills and pedagogy for catechetics
1. Sacred Scriptures Intro to OT/NT, background to the bible (Year 1)

Pentateuch and Prophets (Year 1)

Synoptic Gospels (Year 1)

Gospel of John, Acts of Apostles, Epistles (Year 2)

Exegetical methods
2. Ecclesiology Relevant learnings from Vatican II and encyclicals, e.g. lay participation
3. Foundational theology Basic Philosophy, Creative and Critical thinking, Doctrines of Christ, Mariology and Saints, Creed
4. Moral life and values education Catholic moral theology
Kachin values
5. Missiology What is the Church’s mission, Kingdom of God
World Religions
6. Teaching skills Pedagogy, Communication and presentation skills, Cultural sensitivity and intelligence
(II) Liturgical, sacramental and prayer leadershipLiturgy and sacraments:
1. Theology
2. Rubrics
3. Canon Law
4. Prayer methods
5. Pedagogy
1. Christian celebration: liturgy, sacraments and inculturation;
Eucharistic celebration as the center of our formation
Understanding and appreciation of liturgy of the Church in an enculturated Way
Canon law
2. Spirituality and prayerGeneral introduction; Various types of spirituality
Meditation methods, Ecology
Personal and communal prayers
Understanding of devotions to the Blessed Sacrament, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints
3. Homiletics Basic homiletics
Public speaking and presentation skills
4. Sacred MusicMusic Theory, basic guitar, hymns practice
(III) Socio-pastoral ministry 1. Pastoral leadership and management
2. Community building, mobilizing and organizing
3. Social development and ministry to displaced people, HIV/Aids, Drug-users, survivors of Human Trafficking
4. Peace building, reconciliation and conflict management
5. Pastoral ministry to family and youth
6. Running BECs
7. Providing spiritual accompaniment and guidance; Providing psycho-emotional support; Listening skills
8. Crisis management
9. Collaboration and networking
1. Introduction to pastoral theology and ministry, including ministry to family, children & youth, aged, etcIntroduction to pastoral theology;
Canon law – marriage, etc.
Cultural dimension of socio-pastoral ministry
Kachin theology (from Baptists)
Youth work
2. Socio-pastoral leadership and management for missionBasics in pastoral leadership and management;
Basic administration and organizational skills;
Project management;
Working with people collaboratively;
Building and maintaining networks;
Facilitating meetings;
Financial management and book-keeping
3. Basic psycho-spiritual accompanimentBasic theories in psycho-spiritual accompaniment, Listening skill,
Stages of Human development,
Self-relationship and Sexuality
4. BEC and Bible ministryBible learning methods – Biblical drama, etc.
Knowledge of relevant diocesan structures
5. Administering basic healthcareBasic health care and hygiene
Natural remedies
6. Christian inspiration of social mission, Catholic social teaching; Human Development; Social cultural analysis. (This is foundation for whole cluster)Catholic Social Teaching
Sustainable Development
Livelihood Skills
Social Development
2. Community Mobilization Promotion of identity of smaller groups and better understanding of the local sub-ethnic groups.

Cultural anthropology
3. Peace building – include conflict management, dialogue, negotiation skills, mediationPeace building, Human Rights, Law
5. Special needs and thematic issues – Threats to human dignity in Kachin area (Land,Human Trafficking, Drug, Conflict, Displacement, Resettlement) Lang Rights, Human Trafficking, Drugs Awreness
(V) Self-care1. Personal integral development
2. Self-care (Physical, emotional, social, spiritual)
1. Personal Development, Relationship and Sexuality, Self-awareness, Psychological development Outside formal Curriculum. One to one meetings with assigned staff member
2. Dealing with traumaOutside formal Curriculum
3. Physical health and sportsOutside formal Curriculum
4. Language and cultural skills (beliefs, myths, symbols); communication skills (English, Kachin, etc)English Class, Kachin Class
5. Computer skillsComputer basis usages, MS Word, Power Point, Excel and internet usage
6. ArtMusic, Dance, public speaking, drama, sport.
Orientation week– Hygiene
– Looking at our contexts
– Getting to know each other
– Vision, mission and objectives of the local Church and St Luke’s Center