The Parish and Pastoral Ministry in a
New Environment

crosslisted as CT9012C and DA9012C

Rev. Dr Brendan Reed
Not offered in 2020
This unit engages learners in theological and empirical reflection on Catholic parish identity and mission in Australia today. A survey of demographic and cultural trends in Australia (and beyond) will assist in identifying the factors affecting the practice of the faith and the challenges facing those in pastoral ministry. Key insights from Vatican II’s theology of the church and its mission in relation with the world will be applied in developing an intentional pastoral approach that is grounded in tradition and culturally plausible. The Searching for Parish Engagement (SPES) model will be used to encourage critical reflection and evaluation of a range of pastoral initiatives that respond to the current context.  


CT1100C, CT8010C or equivalent


mixed mode: four days face-to-face; plus online learning: 12-hours equivalent


  • one 1,000-word report on pre-reading 20%
  • one 2,500-word directed reflection porfolio 30%
  • one 3,500-word major essay 50%
  • one 7,000-word essay 100%


  • Bullivant, Stephen. Faith and Unbelief. New York: Paulist, 2013.
  • Davison, Andrew, and Alison Milbank. For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions. London: SCM, 2010.
  • Dixon, Robert E. The Catholic Community in Australia. Edited by Phillip J. Hughes. Australia’s Religious Communities. Adelaide: Openbook Publishers, 2005. 
  • Dulles, Avery R. Models of the Church. Expanded ed. New York: Image Books, 2002.
  • Dumais, Marcel. After Emmaus: Biblical Models for the New Evangelization. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014.
  • Ganin, Carole, ed. Shaping Catholic Parishes: Pastoral Leaders in the 21st Century. Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2008.
  • Mallon, James. Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish. Mulgrave: Garratt, 2014.
  • McEvoy, James G. Leaving Christendom for Good: Church-World Dialogue in a Secular Age. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • O’Collins, Gerald, and Mario Farrugia. Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Pollefeyt, Didier, and Jan Bouwens. Identity in Dialogue: Assessing and Enhancing Catholic School Identity: Research Methodology and Research Results in Catholic Schools in Victoria, Australia. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2014.
  • Simon, William E. Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2016.