Master's Capstone Unit: 
Theology and Ministry Seminar (48 points)


Semester 1, 2020
Five Monday Seminars:
24 February; 16 March; 20 April; 4, 18 May
2.00pm – 5.00pm
This tutorial-based capstone unit provides an opportunity for students to integrate the knowledge and skills gained in the course of their theological studies. Regular lectures and tutorials will focus on central themes of Catholic thought, in which theological, scriptural and pastoral perspectives will be drawn together. In keeping with the vision of the Second Vatican Council, the method will be Christ-centred, grounded in the faith and practice of the Church, and attentive to the historical contexts of the tradition. Students will actively contribute to these tutorials, demonstrating creativity and initiative in integrating knowledge and skills in the various disciplines of theology, and recognising the implications for their ministry.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March 


may only be taken in the final two semesters of the Master of Theological Studies or the Master of Theology (Coursework).


regular seminars across the semester 


  • four 750-word seminar papers (3,000 words) 20%
  • one 10,000-word essay 60%
  • one 30-minute oral examination (2,000 words) 20% 


  • Catechism of the Catholic Church. English translation. 2nd ed. 1997.
  • Fiorenza, Francis S., and John P. Galvin, eds. Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran, eds. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • International Theological Commission. Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles, and Criteria. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
  • Kirchhoffer, David G., Robyn Horner and Patrick McArdle, eds. Being Human: Groundwork for a Theological Anthropology for the 21st Century. Preston: Mosaic, 2013.
  • McAlpin, Kathleen. Ministry that Transforms: A Contemplative Process of Theological Reflection. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 6th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.
  • O’Collins, Gerald, and Mario Farrugia. Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • O’Loughlin, Frank. This Time of the Church. Mulgrave: John Garratt, 2012.
  • Wicks, Jared. Doing Theology. New York: Paulist, 2009.