Homiletics: Theory and Practice

crosslisted as DL3006C; Praxis Unit

To Be Advised (coordinator)
Semester 2, 2020
Days and times to be negotiated
This unit is restricted to Ordination of the Priesthood and Permanent Diaconate Candidates

This unit integrates the history, theology and hermeneutics of Christian preaching with the practice of preaching. Students will be actively engaged in the preparation, delivery and theological reflection of preaching in various contexts and will be reviewed by practitioners and peers.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August


36 points at level 2 in Field D, and BS1001C, BS1002C, CT1100C, CT1101C


mixed mode: intensive mode (10 hours); plus 8-hours praxis


  • three 5-minute Homily/Sermon or equivalent homilies (1,000 words) 20%
  • two 500-word Personal and Professional Evaluations 20%
  • one 3,000-word Portfolio 60% 


  • Anderson, Colt C. Christian Eloquence. Contemporary Doctrinal Preaching. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2005.
  • Bishop’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations (USCCB). Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2013.
  • Bishops’ Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly. Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2002.
  • Burghardt, Walter. Preaching: The Art and the Craft. New York: Paulist, 1987.
  • DeBona, Guerric. Fulfilled in Our Hearing: History and Method of Christian Preaching. New York: Paulist, 2005.
  • ‒‒‒. Preaching Effectively, Revitalizing Your Church: The Seven-Step Ladder Toward Successful Homilies. New York: Paulist, 2009.
  • Foley, Edward, ed. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.
  • Francis. The Joy of the Gospel. Apostolic Exhortation. 2013.
  • Hilkert, Mary C. Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination. New York: Continuum, 2002.
  • Wallace, James A., ed. Preaching in the Sunday Assembly: A Pastoral Commentary on ‘Fulfilled in Your Hearing’. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.