Adult Education Diploma in Spirituality 2012-2013
The Adult Education Diploma in Spirituality is a two-year part-time evening programme run by Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy. The award is accredited by Milltown Institute.
The programme is run on Monday evenings from 7.00–9.30pm over two years. There are two semesters in each year. Each year also includes six Saturday workshops from 10.00am-4.00pm.
In each year of the programme students are introduced to fifteen modules which deal with key issues in contemporary spirituality. Teaching involves a combination of input from a range of experienced lecturers. Integration of course material is facilitated by journaling and group discussion. There is no year end or final exam. Throughout the course of the two years students submit learning journals and short reaction papers.
A module consists of a short course involving four or five sessions on a given topic. The modules covered over two years of the course include the following:
What is Spirituality?
The Heart of Listening
Liturgy and Spirituality
Understanding Spiritual Growth and Development
Spirituality and Poetry
The Art of Discernment
Spirituality of Suffering
Mysticism and the Prayer of Union
Christ and Culture
Music and Spirituality
Saturday Workshops include:
Dreams and Spiritual Growth
Spirituality and Gender
Art and Spirituality
Mid-life and Spirituality
Ecology and the Bible
The Programme Aims to:
• Facilitate an exploration of the student’s lived spirituality; deepen, inform and
enliven the student’s spirit through the study of spirituality within a Christian context.
• Develop skills of reflection, and discernment, in the student’s lived experience.
• Provide a forum for discussion and debate in the class group setting.
Integration of the course material is facilitated by group discussion, response papers, and learning journals. Enrichment is gleaned from interacting with, and sharing with, other members of the group. The process of writing both their response papers, and their learning journals, greatly enhances the awareness of students of their experience of the course.
In semester one of each year, students shall submit two response papers and one learning journal.
In semester two of each year, students shall submit two response papers and two learning journals.
Acceptance on to the Programme does not depend on previous formal specialised study. Applicants are invited to an informal interview to discuss their life experience, previous studies and expectations of the programme.
Much consideration is given to the individual’s capacity to reflect and to process life experience.
Applications should be submitted by the end of August to Anne Ryan, Acting Programme
Director. (Late applications considered).
Year One: 17 September – 3 December 2012
Year Two: 10 September – 26 November 2012
Year One: 7 January – 4 May 2013
Year Two: 7 January – 11 May 2013
Six Saturday Workshops
Year One and Two: Three Saturdays each semester
Fee per year: First Year €850
A deposit of €100 is required.
Fees are payable in two instalments: in September and January.
Enquiries in person, by email or letter, or by telephone to:
Acting Programme Director
Tel: 01-2776317 Mobile: 086 8843652Fax: 01-2692528