Being Followers of Christ:
Sacramental and Moral Life

GCTRE unit

Four Saturdays, 2020
9.30am — 4.00pm
This unit involves the content areas of Sacraments, Morality, and Justice. Within the framework of the unit, students are challenged to consider the meaning of sacramental and moral life within the Catholic Tradition and the implications for living as followers of Christ. The methodology will invite students into dialogue with the Catholic theological tradition to enable the development of knowledge and understanding in these content areas. Specifically, the unit explores the fundamental principles of sacramental theology in the context of particular sacraments understanding them as constitutive of Christian identity living in a pluralistic world. The unit explores the Christian understanding of the human person as fundamental to Christian moral life, moral conscience and its formation, the essential relationship of moral life to personal prayer and liturgical celebration, and provides an introduction to Catholic Social Teaching as a basis for exploring justice in the world.



four Saturdays: 9.30am — 4.30pm


  • Venue: Our Lady's Primary School, Craigieburn Road West
  • Saturdays: 29 February; 21 March; 9, 23 May
  • Census Date: Tuesday 31 March


  • Venue: Notre Dame Australia, Melbourne Clinical School, Hoppers Lane
  • Saturdays: 22 February; 14 March; 2, 16 May
  • Census Date: Tuesday 17 March


  • two 1,200-word document studies 2 x 15%
  • two 2,300-word essays 2 x 35%


  • Astorga, Christina A. Catholic Moral Theology and Social Ethics: A New Method. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.
  • Francis. Laudato Sì. Encyclical Letter. 2015. 
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran, eds. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • Heyer, Kristin E. Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. 2012. 
  • Hill, Brennan R. Exploring Catholic Theology: God, Jesus Christ, Church, and Sacraments. Mystic, cT: Twenty-Third, 1995.
  • Lamoureux, Patricia, and Paul J. Wadell. The Christian Moral Life: Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society. Edited by Peter C. Phan. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.
  • Noll, Ray R. Sacraments: A New Understanding for a New Generation. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third, 1999.
  • Ogbonnaya, Joseph. “The Prospect of Humanising Development Discourse in Africa Through Christian Anthropology.HTS Teologiese Studies 72, no. 4 (2016), a3423.
  • O’Neil, Kevin, and Peter Black. The Essential Moral Handbook: A Guide to Catholic Living. Liguori: Liguori, 2003. 
  • Osborne, Kenan B. Sacramental Theology: A General Introduction. Mahwah: Paulist, 1998.