Diploma in Pastoral Leadership

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From 2015 onwards, PAROC is engaged in the training of lay leaders, clergy and religious with a special emphasis on accompaniment, family-centered pastoral ministry and participatory leadership. We have hitherto conducted more than hundred short courses. Our training programmes are praxis-oriented to equip the participants with skills that enhance their pastoral efficiency. PAROC Research Institute would like to offer Diploma in Pastoral Leadership for lay leaders, religious and clergy as well as seminarians who are interested. The objective of this one-year training programme is to equip catholic leaders for accompaniment, family-centered collaborative pastoral ministry. Those who complete the course successfully will be awarded a Diploma from PAROC Research Institute and Chair for Christian Studies and Research, the University of Calicut.


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Title of the Course
Diploma in Pastoral Leadership
Who can participate?
Lay leaders and Religious engaged in pastoral ministry in parishes, organizations and in dioceses. Besides, priests as well as seminarians who are interesed in this course are welcomed.
Medium of the Course
Focus Of The Course
Equipping Catholic Leaders for Accompaniment and Family Centered-Collaborative Pastoral Ministry
Expected Course Outcome
  1. To equip clergy, laity and religious engaged in various ministries in parishes and eparchies to work in collaborative and participatory style.
  2. Equipping them to organize and facilitate community-building-up activities and projects.
  3. For equipping them to engage in care for families.
  4. For giving a new vision of accompaniment of youth, children and elderly in the community
  5. To form Christian leadership who engages in evangelizing and re-evangelizing of our Church and Society
Duration of the Course
10 months (September 2022 - June 2023)
Plus Two
Pre-recorded Audio/ Video Lessons, Contact Classes via online, Self-learning class notes, online debates, book/video reviews, paper presentations, field works, and Live and Learn – which is a residential leadership training programme.
70% of online contact classes.
Programme Structure:
The Diploma Course deal with 10 Themes Besides, there will be a book review. Each programme includes 8 teaching classes (video/audio) (b) 8 contact classes (in two days) (c) Materials for Reading/video/audio. (d) Each programme will have a practical session.
70% of online contact classes.
Evaluation of the Course
Exams/ Paper works/ Fieldworks
Course Fee
Registration: Rs 2500
Certificate of Chair for Christian studies, university of Calicut: Rs 500
Residential Programme (For two days, including food, lodging and programme fee): Rs 2000 (Optional)
Board of Studies (2022-2023)
  1. Bishop Mar Tony Neelankavil, (Chairman), PAROC,
  2. Dr. Saijo Thaikkattil (Executive Director, PAROC),
  3. Fr. Jerin Arimboor (Coordinator of the Diploma Course),
  4. Dr. Paul Pulikkan,
  5. Dr. Rose Anitha FCC,
  6. Prof. Mary Regina,
  7. Dr. Ambrose Puthenveettil,
  8. Dr. Sajan Pindiyan,
  9. Dr. Bilju Vazhappilly,
  10. Dr. Benny Neelankavil
  11. Dr. Alex Marottickal
Programme Structure
The Diploma Course deal with 10 Themes Besides, there will be a book review and Paper Presentation. Each programme includes 8 teaching classes (video/audio) (b) 8 contact classes (in two days) (c) Materials for Reading/video/audio. (d) Each programme will have a practical session. Book review Paper Presentation
Awarding of Certificate
After successful Completion of the Course, the participants will be awarded Diploma certificate from the PAROC Research Institute and from the Chair for Christian Studies & Research, University of Calicut.
Important Features
Praxis based lessons
Skill oriented programmes
Pre-recorded audio/video lessons
Online contact classes
Fieldworks, Paper presentations
Debates, Book reviews
Self-learning class notes, Case studies and Group activities
Live and Learn - a residential leadership training programme
Personal accompaniment to participants
35 experts from various fields to lead the sessions
Medium - Malayalam
Resource Persons
1.Mar Tony Neelankavil, 2.Dr. Sinto Porathur, 3.Dr. Alex Marottickal, Fr. Denny Chirayath, Dr. Sajan Pindiyan, Dr. Vincent Kundukulam, Fr. Pradheep Mapranathukaran, Fr. Bitaju Puthenpurackal OSST , Fr. Fijo Alappadan, Dr. Biju Alappatt., Dr. Vincent Alappatt, Dr. Lijo Challissery, Dr. Peter M Raj, Dr. Benny Neelankavil, Fr. Roy Joseph Vaddakkan, Fr. Jaison Koonamplakkal, Dr. Saijo Thaikkattil, Dr. Augustine Kallelly, Dr. Tony Joseph, Dr. Sr. Sherin CHF, Dr. Denny Thanikkal, Dr. Sijohn Kuzhikkatumalil, Dr. Job Padayattil, Dr. Sebastian Cheripurath, Dr. Saji kanayankal, Dr. Kochurani joseph, Fr. James Kokkavayalil, Dr. Mary Regina Dr. Varghese Palathingal, Dr. Ambros Puthenveetil, Fr. Jerin Arimbur 
Themes Dealt within the Diploma Programme
Introducing Pastoral Leadership in the Catholic Church
  1. To introduce the students to this Diploma Programme and provide basic orientation.
  2. To have a basic understanding of Christian Leadership.
  1. Introducing the Programme
  2. Dynamics and Methodology of Programme
  3. Biblical Perspectives on the Pastoral Leadership 
  4. Evangelization as the Existential necessity of a Christian
Faith Formation: Mission and Skills 
  1. To prepare zealous formators for handing over the faith to the next generation.
  2. To develop necessary pedagogies, methods and skills for proclaiming and communicating faith in today’s changing and challenging situations
  1. Evangelization and Catechesis
  2. Pedagogies, Methods and Skills for Proclaiming Faith
  3. Faith Formation of Children
  4. Youth and Adult Catechesis – Challenges and Methods
Communicating Faith in a World of Social Media 
  1. To discover a variety of ways and means that enhance their personal communication, ministries and the fulfillment of the mission.
  2. To explore principles and practices that are desirable for Christian use of communication media in today’s world.
  1. Skills for Effective Communication 
  2. Communicating Faith through modern Communication Media 
  3. Social Media and Pastoral Challenges
  4. Guiding Children and Youth for Fruitful use of Media/ Dealing with Persons addicted to Media
Animating Celebration of Faith 
  1. To equip the participants to animate liturgical celebrations of the community.
  2. To lead prayer/meditation sessions.
  1. The Art of Celebration – Preparing the Community for Celebration
  2. Leading Meditation and Prayer for a Community
  3. Methods of Interpreting the Word of God
  4. Eucharist as the Center of the Ecclesial Life
Organizational Skills 
  1. To prepare the participants to lead and guide various organizations, family units, associations etc.
  2. To equip them for overcoming various challenges in leading a group.
  1. Community Building - Socio Pastoral Theories
  2. Skills for Managing Meetings and Discussions
  3. Planning Skills
  4. How to Resolve Problems
Pastoral Leadership Skills and Orientations 
  1. Enrich with leadership qualities.
  1. Servant Leadership
  2. Power and Governance in the Church
  3. Leadership Qualities
  4. Challenges of Team Building
Family-Centered Pastoral Ministry 
  1. Empower family apostolate skills.
  2. To refocus the orientation of pastoral ministry to the family.
  1. Couples as Co-shepherds
  2. Converting Families as the Place of Pastoral Action
  3. How to Handle the Problems of Families
  4. Role of Organizations/ Family Units to Strengthen Families
The Art of Accompaniment - Way and Strategy 
  1. To help the participants to accompany children, youth and family whom they. minister
  2. To enhance compassionate vision for the participants
  1. Compassionate Mind
  2. Relationship Styles
  3. Motivational Skills
  4. Self-Mastering
Christian Social Involvement 
  1. To equip participants to engage in the political activities of the society while instilling the humanistic and social values in view of the kingdom of God.
  2. To offer a particular way of life and habits in the society.
  1. Unity and Uniqueness of our Community
  2. Contribution of Christian Community to National Building
  3. Involving in Politics and Socio-cultural life of the Country - Values and Faith
  4. Community Strengthening through Social Welfare
Structures and Methods of Collaboration in the Church 
  1. To enhance the vision of the participatory structures of the Church.
  1. Participatory Structures General Introduction
  2. Participatory Structures at Diocesan Level - Pastoral Council and Other Bodies
  3. Participatory Structures at Parish Level - Parish Councils
  4. Participatory Structures at Parish level - Basic Christian Communities, Associations and Movements
Payment Options 
For Further Information Contact:
Fr. Jerin Arimboor  : +91 811 399 18 82
PAROC Office  : +91 807 803 03 00
Email  : paroc.marymatha@gmail.com