Redemptorist International Pastoral Centre England

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Please note that not all titles are available on every course, and are subject to change.

Human and Personal Development

A Human Journey – A Spiritual Destination

What is being a Human all about? This course will explore the biological and psychological processes that shape who we are and the extraordinary potential for lifelong, developmental change that lies within them. Being human challenges us to develop in certain areas, in certain ways, particularly as we grow older. Achieving our human potential calls us to live our lives just as Christ.

The Spirituality of True Self Esteem

Our attitude to ourselves is shaped and formed by our spirituality, and self-acceptance or self-rejection is the fruit of that spirituality. A healthy spirituality is vital for our personal happiness and well being. The spirituality of true self esteem is based on the Word of God and is our response to God’s life affirming word to us and within us, to have a high regard for ourselves and to live accordingly.

Stress Management

Everyone is subject to stress. This course focuses on stress and burnout that can affect the quality of life. We will pay attention to the signals our bodies give us, and we will look at the tools to help us develop a healthy lifestyle.

Living Pathways

Our faith can be easily divorced from our everyday life-experience and locked into a box called ‘sacred’. We will explore how to re-discover God in the minutes and days of our daily living. What does it mean to walk the pathways of our personal experience as companions of the Lord.; to fully embrace the call to discipleship? The course will introduce some practical tools and methods of prayer to help us to engage with the call to be Kingdom-builders in the actual circumstances of our lives, and through change or transition

Guided Retreat

During the Course there will be the opportunity to stop and reflect more deeply on those areas of your life where the Lord is inviting you to open up to Him. It will be a five day, silent Retreat, directed for those who wish, with a daily reflection, Mass, and communal prayer times.

Our Story as a Source of Spirituality

The course of lectures extends an invitation to you: firstly, to be more grounded in your own humanity, and secondly, to appreciate that your authentic human living is closely linked to a deepening relationship with Christ.

Scripture / Jesus Christ

The Beginning of the Gospels

Where does the Jesus Story Begin? Each of the evangelists celebrates a different beginning for the Jesus story and each sets that story in a different frame. We look at the different beginnings and the different frames as a key to opening the Gospels.

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

The earliest preaching of the Church focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus. This was their chosen beginning for the Jesus story. In all four Gospels the passion is the longest narrative about Jesus: we study this major story, attending also to the story of discipleship under stress.

Learning in Lent

An exploration of the Lenten Sunday “gospels of initiation” in preparation for a profound celebration of Holy Week and Easter. The purpose is to underline that the Lent-Holy Week-Easter cycle is a liturgical catechesis which explains how (and why) Christians are consecrated into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Paul, A Neglected Voice

Paul is the greatest of all Christian thinkers, yet the least understood and most neglected voice in the Church. This course will seek to explore Paul’s writings to unearth blueprints for our time and our place. Where did we come from?. What are we? What are we for? Where are we going?

Gospel Living

Contemporary Moral Dilemmas

During this challenging and stimulating course we will look at: How to make moral decisions; Marriage, family and sexuality; the challenge of Bioethics – the beginnings of life & the care at the end of life, social justice, arms and, other moral issues.


The Ministry of Self Care in Apostolic Life

Christian Ministry makes significant demands on the minister often causing stress, over-tiredness leading to ‘burnout’. Each person is his/her own best resource and we need to take care of ourselves, for our own sake, and in order to continue to be effective and compassionate ministers. In this Course Fr Gerald Fieldhouse Byrne will draw on his extensive background in theology; spirituality; church teaching, and clinical psychology, to offer a wholistic approach helping us to become more good ministers of self-care in the Apostolic Life.

Leadership / The People of God in the Future

We will explore the post modern concept of leadership as a fundamental shift from the hierarchical to the collaborative model. What is Religious Leadership? We will reflect on the leadership of Jesus as servant. ‘Call’ is universal and ministry flows from our process of on-going conversion. We will look at a new way of being Church in the future.

From a lay leader’s perspective - Challenges in Evangelisation. Joy, Mercy & Apostolic Life in the era of Pope Francis ‘Joyfully Live and Proclaim the Gospel of the Lord ‘Can what matters to us, matter to someone else?’

  • Evangelising in a Post Modern Culture; challenging indifference, surviving inertia.
  • Start with us: Personal encounters with Jesus.
  • No more Lent without Easter: Joyful messengers of challenging proposals.
  • Go and announce the Gospel: Becoming international disciples
  • Maturing initial Conversation: Untangling the ministry of ‘Catechesis’

Developing Ministry with Young Catholics

This Short Course will outline the principles of Catholic Youth Ministry, & describe the process of establishing parish based groups for young people—with a focus on peer ministry.


Prayer & Eucharist

Prayer is the very foundation of a living relationship with God. The Eucharist celebrates the Paschal Mystery, the mystery of dying and rising at the heart of our new life with Christ. During these sessions we will reflect upon these two vital themes at the heart of the Mystery of Salvation.


“I enjoyed the beauty and peace of the surroundings and the interaction with so many different people from different cultures. The lectures were superb. The whole course was a great time to review my life and focus on positive goals.”

Fr Damien, a missionary from the Congo

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