Pathways Adult Faith Development Programme

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Details of Pathways Adult Faith Development Programme Announced


With the approval of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the Trustees of All Hallows College, Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry has been incorporated into the Dublin Archdiocese’s Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism.

Pathways along with Faith for Life is now part of the Adult Faith Development part-time courses being offered by the Dublin Archdiocese in the coming academic year 2015/2016.

This is great news for the Pathways Programme which will now be situated at the heart of the diocese.  From Thursday 24th September 2015 the Programme will take place at Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.

This development will ensure that part of the legacy of All Hallows and the future of this excellent Programme and its benefits will continue to be offered to the people of Dublin and beyond long after the wind-down of All Hallows College.

Applications are now open for September 2015 and may currently be made by contacting Eileen Houlahan, Director of the Pathways Programme at the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Rd., Dublin 3, D03 P2E7.

Tel: 01 8379253 ext 251.  Email:;



The Course

The course for the coming academic year will run from 24th September 2015 to 26th May 2016 on Thursday evenings from 7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. in Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.  There are three optional Saturday sessions each year.


Who is the Course for?

This course is suitable for men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who are looking for an opportunity to consider questions about belief and Church today.


Course Aims

The course values the life experience which the participants bring and, accordingly, group sharing is an integral part of the learning process each year.  The course also offers the spiritual and theological formation which will enable participants to explore their faith with greater confidence.  It also helps assist people to prepare themselves to respond to the needs of the Church and community and to work in partnerships and parish teams.  Participants have an opportunity to take part in various liturgies and times of Directed Prayer during the year.


Course Entry Requirements

The main requirements are: a desire to explore faith; openness to participation; a willingness to listen and an interest in new ideas and approaches to ministry.  No academic qualifications and no previous study in theology or spirituality are necessary.  There is no required written work and there are no exams.


Course Cost

Fees for the academic year 2015-2016 will be €400.  Fees may be paid in a full at the beginning of the year or in instalments.


Course Content

First Year – In the first year the emphasis is on the personal experiences and the faith journeys of the participants.  Subjects include: How Adult Learn; Stages of Faith; Images of God; Introduction to Scripture; Celebrating the Church’s Year; the Person of Christ; Personal Journey; Sacraments; the Moral Life; Spirituality and Prayer.

Second Year – The focus of the second year is on Christian living, the gospel call and how we respond to it.  Subjects include: Visions and Models of Church; Approaches to Ministry; Bereavement and Loss; Family; Pastoral Issues Today; Justice and Peace, Ecumenism; Ecology; Caring for Yourself.   Note: There may be some content changes from year to year as currently the programme is cycled over the two year period.


For further information please contact:

Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD
Director, Pathways Programme, Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Rd., Dublin 3, D03 P2E7.
Tel: +353 1 8379253 Ext 251