Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation is excited to announce a new Agreement that will allow graduates with the Diploma of Catholic Youth Ministry (11013NAT) to apply for one-year advanced standing into the Bachelor of Theology degree at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA).
Having had a similar agreement with the University of Divinity since 2018 with its previous diploma and continuing with the current one, Acts 2 College was keen to establish an advanced standing relationship with UNDA.
“Our graduates have consistently found that their studies with us have given them a good foundation for their theological studies at UNDA,” Principal Mrs Jane Borg reported.
The Diploma of Catholic Youth Ministry was revised in late 2021 and is now the key qualification for youth ministry at Acts 2 College.
The diploma forms students both theologically through scripture, catechism, and spiritual development; and for ministry.
Ministry training includes working with youth, strategic Catholic youth ministry, communications, evangelisation skills, working legally and ethically, events management, personal and professional leadership, liturgy, and presentation skills.
A practicum component of 220 hours over the year provides opportunities to develop these skills while sharing the knowledge with the young people in schools and youth groups.
Acts 2 College, said Principal Jane Borg, has developed a reputation for excellence in training, particularly in youth ministry.
Many graduates, Mrs Borg continued, are currently ministering to youth in many parishes and schools within the Perth Archdiocese, as well as more widely across Australia.
“UNDA lecturers have been impressed with the high standard of the Acts 2 College graduates” Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Theology, Dr Peter Christofides said.
“This has inspired UNDA and the College to enter into this agreement that will see Acts 2 College graduates enter the second year of the Bachelor of Theology degree at UNDA”.
“The School of Philosophy and Theology, Notre Dame Australia has partnered with Acts 2 College of Mission & Evangelisation to offer a pathway for the Diploma of Catholic Youth Ministry graduates into the Bachelor of Theology” said Dr Lawrence Pang, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Education, Philosophy and Theology.
“The Faculty of Education, Philosophy and Theology, Notre Dame Australia proudly seeks to develop alternative pathways for as many people from wide and varied backgrounds to benefit from tertiary education. We look forward to welcoming Acts 2 graduates into the Bachelor of Theology program.” Dr Pang said.
Mrs Borg continued by saying that the true potential contained in the agreement can only be fully achieved when we work in partnership with others who appreciate this vision and make the reality of theological studies possible.
“We are grateful for this partnership that will begin in the coming year so that many more people will be equipped for ministry,” Mrs Borg emphasised.
“A sincere word of thanks to those who have made this possible.”
Our vision as a Catholic training organisation, Mrs Borg continued, is to empower, inspire, and equip people to take the Lord Jesus Christ to others.
“One of our primary ways of delivering on this vision is through training youth ministers not only to make disciples for Jesus Christ, but to be better disciples themselves.
“The College truly appreciates the support of individual donors and companies who contribute toward our vision and the mission of delivering accredited courses in Catholic ministry.
“This financial support is critical to the ongoing provision of qualified youth ministers in our Archdiocese,” she concluded.
The College will be holding an information session for people to ‘Come and See’ what the college offers on 21 August 2023 from 4-30 to 6-00pm. Whether you are interested in youth ministry, parish ministry or just growing in your own faith, you are welcome to join us at 67 Howe St, Osborne Park.