Pastoral Studies I:
A Theory of Pastoral Practice


Rev. Dr Jake Mudge Semester 1, 2020
Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

This unit presents and integrates three theoretical frameworks within which to consider pastoral practice in its day-to-day experience: psychological, anthropological, and theological. The psychological framework focuses upon human development, motivation, and the influence of the unconscious. The anthropological (philosophical) frame of reference assists students to understand ways of knowing and responding, with particular reference to the symbolic, freedom, and growth. The theological framework reflects on the principles of ecclesiology, grace, context, and faith. The aim of the unit is for students to explore notions of the self (including its personal and communal dimensions), to articulate the assumptions upon which we engage in pastoral practice, and to take responsibility for one’s stance.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


first level
  • one 500-word report 10%
  • one 2,500-word essay 60%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%
second level
  • one 1,000-word report 25%
  • one 2,500-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 25%


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  • Conn, Walter E. The Desiring Self: Rooting Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Direction in Self-Transcendence. New York: Paulist, 1998.
  • Cooper-White, Pamela. Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counselling. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.
  • Ghoson, Margaret. The Miracle of Love: A Guide for Catholic Pastoral Care. Bayswater: Coventry, 2018.
  • Graham, Elaine L. Transforming Practice: Pastoral Theology in an Age of Uncertainty. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1996.
  • Kraft, Charles H. Christianity in Culture: A Study in Biblical Theologising in Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Rev. 25th Anniversary ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005.
  • McWilliams, Nancy. Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. New York: Guilford, 2011.
  • Ormerod, Neil, and Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer. Foundational Theology: A New Approach to Catholic Fundamental Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015.
  • Rulla, Luigi M., Joyce Ridick, and Franco Imoda. Anthropology of the Christian Vocation. Vol. 2, Existential Confirmation. Rome: Gregorian University Press, 1989.
  • Swinton, John. Spirituality and Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a Forgotten Dimension. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2001.