The Psychology of Religious Vocation

This unit aims to enable an understanding of the psychological underpinnings of an ecclesial vocation by constructing a framework for understanding the processes relating to vocational commitment and effective pastoral ministry. It covers Church documents on the priesthood and the consecrated life, theories of vocation, the development of a religious and priestly identity, motivation, perseverance and commitment, and sexuality, celibacy and pastoral ministry.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. formulate a coherent understanding of the theology of vocation
  2. critique different theories of motivation
  3. determine the basic human and spiritual processes in vocational life
  4. diagnose the obstacles to human and spiritual growth

develop a framework for vocational discernment

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