Pathways 2024 – 2026

The Pathways Programme is aimed at adults of all ages who wish to explore issues and questions of faith, ministry and the Church today in an environment of learning, sharing and Adult Faith Development.

About the Course

The programme is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin, over two years, from late September to late May each year.  It takes place on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm – 9.30 pm in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education), Drumcondra Road Upper, Dublin, 9.  

The next starting date for the programme will be on Thursday 26th September 2024. Early application is advisable as places will be limited.

Who is the Course for?

This course is suitable for women and men of all ages and from all walks of life who are looking for an opportunity to consider questions about faith, belief and Church today.

Course Aims

The course values the life experience which the participants bring and, accordingly, group sharing is an integral part of the learning process each year.  The course also offers a variety of inputs which will enable participants to explore their faith with greater confidence.  It also helps assist people to prepare themselves to respond to the needs of the Church and community and to work in partnerships and parish teams.

Course Entry Requirements

The main requirements are

  • a desire to explore faith
  • openness to participation
  • a willingness to listen
  • an interest in new ideas and approaches to ministry.

No academic qualifications and no previous study in theology or spirituality are necessary.  There is no required written work and there are no exams.

Course Cost

Fees are €400 each year.  Fees may be paid in full at the beginning of each year or in instalments throughout each year. Part or full sponsorship may be available from some parishes.  Please contact us to discuss the possibility of a bursary if payment is difficult.

Course Content

Over the course of the two years there will be a variety of inputs and small group sharing on faith issues like: Images of God and Jesus, discipleship, Liturgy and liturgical practices, understanding scripture and how to use it, the Church and Church teaching from Vatican II, sacraments, call of Baptism, the role of lay people, parish and parish ministries, call of creation, young people and much more…



To register for a place on the course please complete the online form:


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For further information please contact:

Peter Siney, Pathways Course Coordinator

Diocesan Office for Mission and Ministry, St Paul’s Church, 19 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 KX66

Tel: 01 808 7536
Mobile: 086 066 3415