THE INSTITUTE OF PASTORAL THEOLOGY

 

The Foundation of the Institute

On May 16, 1958, the Board of the Faculty of Theology, commissioned by the Episcopate of Poland, established the Department of Pastoral Theology within the major curriculum in Theology. The new Department was to comprise three Chairs: the Chair of General Pastoral Theology (Liturgics, Catechetics and Homiletics), the Chair of Sociology of Religion, and the Chair of Pastoral Psychology. The courses for students started on October 1, 1958. The Head of the Department was Fr. Prof. Władysław Poplatek. On June 23, 1967, he was succeeded by Fr. Prof. Józef Majka.  

In 1968, the Department of Pastoral Theology of the Catholic University of Lublin was upraised to the status of an Institute of Pastoral Theology by the Sacred Congregation pro Institutione Catholica. The Institute now comprised two Chairs: Fr. Prof. Władysław Piwowarski became Head of the Chair of General Pastoral Theology, and Fr. Prof. Piotr Poręba became Head of the Chair of Psychology.

 

The Structure of the Institute

Starting with the academic year 1968/69, the Institute offered three lines of specialization: in Sociology and Pastoral Care, in Liturgics and Homiletics, and in Catechesis and Pastoral Care.

In the academic year 1980/81, following the guidelines of the Constitution Sapientia christiana, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, a reform of studies was introduced. From then onwards, the Degree Program would comprise a three year course. After completing the initial two years of study, candidates would take a Licentiate Diploma examination. The third year would be devoted to the Doctoral Program. From the academic year 1997/98 onwards, the doctoral studies comprised a two year course. The students could choose one of the following five lines of specialization (in seven Chairs):

- in Practical Theology (established on the basis of the Chair of Pastoral Dogmatics, the Chair of  Sociology of Religion and the Chair of Organization of Pastoral Care);

- in Catechesis;

- in Liturgics;

- in Homiletics:

- in Pedagogy of the Family.

Additionally, the Institute comprised the Department of Pastoral and Liturgical Formation, which followed the curriculum approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology. Its students were mainly priests from all over Poland, but also from Slovakia and Ukraine. In 1980, a reform of the Department of Pastoral and Liturgical Formation was introduced. Currently, the course comprises a two year study and the students graduate with a diploma.

In 2001, the Institute of Pastoral Theology was divided into the Pastoral and Catechetic Institute, and the Liturgical and Homiletic Institute.

 

The Pastoral and Catechetic Institute offered the following three lines of specialization:

- in Practical Theology (established on the basis of three Chairs: the Chair of General Pastoral Theology, the Chair of Applied Pastoral Theology, the Chair of Sociology of Religion);

- in Catechetics (two Chairs: the Chair of Psychological and Pedagogical Catechetics; the Chair of Integral Catechetics);

- in Pastoral Care of Families (one Chair: the Chair of the Pastoral Care of the Family)

The Liturgical and Homiletic Institute offered the following three lines of specialization:

- in Liturgics  (two Chairs: the Chair of Theology of Liturgy and the Chair of History of Liturgy);

- in Homiletics (one Chair: the Chair of Homiletics);

- in the Media (one Chair: the Chair of Modern Forms of Faith Transmission).

In May 2005, the two Institutes merged to form the Institute of Pastoral Theology, which currently offers courses for the following six lines of specialization (comprising seventeen Chairs in all):

1) in the Pastoral Care of the Family – the Chair of the Pastoral Care of the Family

2) in Medial Education – the Chair of Modern Forms of Faith Transmission

3) in Homiletics  -  two Chairs: the Chair of Homiletics and the Chair of Religious Communication;

4) in Catechetics five Chairs: the Chair of Psychological and Pedagogical Catechetics; the Chair of Integral Catechetics; the Chair of Fundamental Catechetics, the Chair of Formal Catechetics, the Chair of Applied Catechetics;

5) in Liturgics – four Chairs: the Chair of History of Liturgy, the Chair of the Theology of Liturgy, the Chair of Pastoral Liturgics, the Chair of Liturgical Spirituality

6) in Practical Theology – four Chairs: the Chair of General Pastoral Theology, the Chair of Applied Pastoral Theology, the Chair of Sociology of Religion, the Chair of Theology of Charity