Pastoral Ministry Introductory Year

Faculty Faculty of Catholic Theology
Duration / ECTS-Credits 2 semesters / 60 ECTS-Credits
Location Universität Innsbruck and different education center
Start Winter semester 2019/20
Academic Degree Akademische Expertin in pastoraler Arbeit bzw.
Akademischer Experte in pastoraler Arbeit
ISCED-F 0221 Religion and Theology
Mode of Study Full-time
Study Code UC 992 753
Costs are borne by the Dioceses of Innsbruck, Feldkirch and Bozen-Brixen
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Curriculum (2015)



Director of the Continuing Education Programme

Christian Friedrich BauerUniv.-Prof. Dr. Christian Friedrich Bauer
Department of Practical Theology






The continuing education programme aims at acquiring scientifically reflected and experience-based basic competences in ecclesial pastoral care.  

Graduates of the continuing education programme acquire in this context the following skills and competences that must be combined for professional practice in the different fields of ecclesial action:

  • personal skills in critical self-reflection in the context of different dimensions of pastoral practice;
  • social skills in intersubjective contact with the different players of the respective community, for which one provides pastoral care;
  • spiritual competence to integrate heterogeneous practical pastoral experience into one’s own spiritual life;
  • theological competence to develop a contextually founded practical theology with the players of the local community;
  • methodical competence for carrying out the professional pastoral work according to the requirements of the respective local community;
  • institutional competence to independently act within the system logics of ecclesial organisation structures.



  • Introduction to the Pastoral Ministry
  • Professional Experience (650 hours / 26 ECTS-Credits)
  • Challenges of Pastoral Ministry
  • Pastoral Project
  • Structure and Person
  • Basic Dimensions of Pastoral Ministry
  • Final Paper (7 ECTS-Credits)


Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a theological study programme at an approved post-secondary educational institution home or abroad covering a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits and the teacher accreditation for religious education for compulsory schools or an equivalent qualification.
  • Admission to the continuing education programme requires the allocation of a practical placement by the dioceses.


Contact and Information

Institute for Practical Theology
Mag. Dr. Sigrid Rettenbacher
Department for Pastoral Theology
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1/II
6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 512 507-8669
Fax: +43 512 507-2713

Information on the individual courses of the continuing education programmes is available in the course catalogue.
 Participation in a continuing education programme requires admission as admission as non-degree students.

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