Pastoral Mission and Outreach in a Ministry Context

Praxis Unit

Rev. Dr Jake Mudge Semesters 1 or 2, 2020
Days and times to be negotiated
This unit is a practical unit in a supervised ministry context. This unit offers the opportunity for the acquisition and development of skills for ministry in an intensive pastoral/ministry placement of 12 weeks. As such, it provides practical experience, reflection on that experience under supervision, and participative learning. The model proposed is action-reflection-integration, under supervision. Examples of such long-term pastoral placement would include parish ministry, youth ministry and ministry to Indigenous persons.

Census Dates

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 17 March
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 18 August 


Two Field D units; and DP1001C and DP1002C for BMin Students


Placement in a pastoral setting appropriate to the field of study under supervision with a contract of tasks to be completed. Supervision by an approved supervisor including regular meetings for reflection and teaching input. This unit will include private study of set reading, completion of supervised tasks and intensive supervision sessions.


  • four 500-word papers 4 x 10%
  • one 3,000-word journal 60% 


  • Cahalan, Kathleen. Introducing the Practice of Ministry. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.
  • –––––. Projects that Matter: Successful Planning and Evaluation for Religious Organizations. Bethesda: Alban Institute, 2003.
  • Cullen, Philomena, Bernard Hoose, and Gerard Mannion, eds. Catholic Social Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations. London: Continuum, 2007.
  • Fini, Christian, and Christopher Ryan, eds. Australian Catholic Youth Ministry: Theological and Pastoral Foundations for Faithful Ministry. Mulgrave: Garratt, 2014.
  • Gula, Richard. Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers. New York: Paulist, 2010.
  • Jewell, Marti R., and David A. Ramey. The Changing Face of Church: Emerging Models of Parish Leadership. Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Series. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2010.
  • Kinast, Robert L. Let Ministry Teach: A Guide to Theological Reflection. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1996.
  • McAlpin, Kathleen. Ministry That Transforms. A Contemplative Process of Theological Reflection. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • O’Connell-Killen, Patricia, and John De Beer. The Art of Theological Reflection. New York: Crossroad, 1994.
  • Sofield, Loughlan, and Carroll Juliano. Collaboration: Uniting Our Gifts in Ministry. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2000.