The Chinese section of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS), headed by vice-rector Fr Peter Zhang, will launch a certificate programme in Theology this July.
The programme aims to provide Mandarin-speaking Catholics with a firm grounding in the Catholic faith and Church teachings. According to CTIS, this will equip lay people to serve in the various Mandarin-speaking ministries, and in so doing, help alleviate the shortage of clergy who are proficient in Chinese.
The program is a one-year course providing a systematic formation in Catholic theology through six modules split over two academic semesters.
In the first semester, students will be exposed to the fundamentals of the academic study of Theology through three foundation modules, namely Introduction to Christian Philosophy, Overview of Catholic Theology, and a short writing module that introduces and develops students’ skills in academic writing and theological research.
The modules in the second semester introduce students to three major subfields of Catholic theology, namely, Introduction to Biblical Theology, Introduction to Moral Theology, and Introduction to Sacramentology and Liturgy.
Anyone who is relatively proficient in the Chinese language, and who has a calling and desire to reach out to the Mandarin-speaking population can enrol in this programme.
However, considering the academic rigour of these courses, prospective students should have attained a mi nimum educational qualification of GCE O Level or its equivalent. Those who do not meet this academic pre-requisite can still sign up as an Audit student.
Those interested to find out more about our programme may obtain a copy of the Chinese prospectus from CTIS (Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street 05-04, Singapore 187954) or from your parish.
All are also cordially invited to the information session at the Catholic Centre on Sunday, May 25, from 2.30-5.30 pm. Admission is free, but do register in advance to facilitate planning and logistical arrangements.