• on 21st March, 2016

Pathways Programme: Explore Issues and Questions of Faith, Ministry, the Church today and the Nature of Belief

With the approval of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the Trustees of All Hallows College the Pathways Programme has been incorporated into the Archdiocese’s Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, at the Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road.  Since September 2015, Pathways is now part of the part-time courses being offered by the Dublin Archdiocese.

Pathways is two-year, part-time adult faith development programme which now takes place in Clonliffe College, Dublin 3.  The programme has been running successfully since 1985  in All Hallows College where it was developed. It has been continually updated over the years.  It is a non-academic programme designed to help adults explore, reflect on, and learn more about their faith.  It is very much in keeping withShare the Good News the new National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland.

Pathways takes place on  Thursday evenings from 7.00pm – 9.30pm and runs from late September to late May over two years.  We would appreciate it if you could bring the programme to the attention of any of your parishioners and/or parish council members who might be interested and would benefit from the course.  A number of parishes have sponsored parishioners over the years. 

The current cost is €400 per year.  Fees may be paid in full at the beginning of the year or in instalments throughout the year. Booking is now open for the next intake of participants and early booking is advisable.  To reserve a place please phone Eileen Houlahan at (01)8379253 or email pathways@dublindiocese.ie.

The programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 22nd  September 2016 at 7.00p.m.


The Pathways Programme is geared towards those who wish to explore issues and questions of: faith; ministry; the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development.

The Course

The course for the coming academic year will run from 22nd  September 2016 to 25th May 2017 on Thursday evenings from 7.00p.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 2016-2017 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.
For further information please contact:

Dr. Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD

Director, Pathways Programme, Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Rd., Dublin 3.

Tel: +353 1 8379253 – ext 294

Email: ehoulahan@dublindiocese.ie; pathways@dublindiocese.ie



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