Centre for Mission and Ministries
Ephesians 4:12 “to equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ might be built up”
The Maynooth Centre for Mission and Ministries, located within the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University, exists to advance the participation of the Irish Church in the Missio Dei for the 21st Century. It fosters the life and mission of the church by attending to its pastoral practice, liturgical celebration, and reflective heart.
The work of the Centre has a three-fold focus
- practical theology;
- integrated formation, and
- interdisciplinary research.
Its activities are rooted in ongoing scholarship and a creative responsiveness to the ‘signs of the times’ in an evolving landscape. It seeks to be a valuable resource to parishes, pastoral areas, dioceses, religious communities and institutes, and faith-based agencies and organisations.
Rooted in the Catholic tradition and open to the work of the Spirit of God in the world, the Centre recognizes and seeks to support and develop a wide diversity of callings and giftedness among the people of God. It is committed in the first instance to go out to the margins and engage comprehensively with contemporary culture.
The ethos of the Maynooth Centre for Mission and Ministries is transformative, praxis-orientated, co-responsible, contextual, responsive and inclusive, founded on fundamental respect for the whole of creation.
It seeks to model communities of learning, research and liturgy and to empower partner organisations. The Centre is committed to peace-building, right relationships and dialogue with the other in the church and beyond.
The programmes delivered and associated with the centre foster these attitudes and values and are characterised by attention to service, theological reflection, human lived experience and the complex realities of the contemporary church in the world.
Informed by its mission and central values, the Centre for Mission and Ministries has a suite of programmes that provide integrated formation for the flourishing of students as whole persons, the development of their professional practice, while actively enabling new models of lay leadership and the co-responsibility of laity, religious, and clergy in the service of the Christian mission. Our programmes provide opportunities and practices for intellectual, spiritual, personal, and professional growth in a communal and collegial environment.
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