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The Education of Lay Volunteer Ministers as a means of Renewal for the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland

Larkin, Marie Siobhan (2015) The Education of Lay Volunteer Ministers as a means of Renewal for the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. Doctor of Ministry Studies thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    This thesis explores the question, How can the education of lay volunteer ministers contribute to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland? The qualitative methodology examines the current state of the local church in Ireland: the ways in which lay people are involved in Church life; the education currently provided for parishioners in ministerial roles in the liturgy and religious development of the parish. The thesis is framed around three areas: the context of the Church in Ireland, the understanding of ministry in the Roman Catholic tradition, and finally, the ways in which education contributes to forming and transforming individuals and communities. This thesis concludes that lay volunteer ministry is a vibrant force within the Catholic Church in Ireland today, but that the faith development of most lay people in ministry roles is poor. The thesis proposes that national structures are urgently needed to sustain and develop this vital ministry.

    Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Ministry Studies)
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Lay, volunteer, Ireland, Roman Catholic, renewal, education, formation, ministry, parish, lay ministry, mandating
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): Ministry Studies
    Association with University of Divinity: Ministry Studies
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 12:15
    Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 12:16
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2046

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