Introduction to orientation course
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This course has been designed to assist in your orientation as a new member of the Curia, to help you to feel more comfortable and confident in your new position. You will learn more about the Diocese of Broken Bay, the mission of the Church and the Curia of which you are now a member.
An opportunity to make a difference
The Diocesan Curia exists to assist the Bishop in his leadership and service of the communion and mission of the Church in Broken Bay.
Whatever your own faith and life experience, you have chosen to contribute in a particular way to the community, life and mission of the Church in Broken Bay. Your work, experience and the relationships you form, will now become part of your own and others' life story and life's journey.
More than simply having a 'job' working in the Curia, you are invited to think of your work a ministry of service that God has called you to. You have the capacity and opportunity to make a huge difference to the community and mission of the Curia and so the Diocesan communities it serves.
This initial orientation course of three to four hours, consists of an online and in-Curia component.
The initial orientation course consists of this introduction and two modules.
Module 1: The Diocese you work in
Module 2: We have a mission - God's mission
These will be followed by additional Modules or programs designed by each of the Diocesan agencies.
The in-Curia component consists of conversations and orientation activities, some of which will require the assistance of one or more colleagues. Notes and responses to online and in-Curia learning activities should be recorded in your Curia Orientation Workbook. Your Workbook should provide evidence of three to four hours of learning over the two Modules.
You are advised to record time spent on each activity completed in the Workbook in the spaces provided. Whilst you should spend time studying each of the two Modules, you may decide to spend more time on some topics of particular interest. This means that whilst some online and in-Curia activities should be completed from each Module, you may choose not to do every activity in order to spend more time on some activities.
First things first.....
Notes and responses to online and in-school learning activities should be recorded in your Orientation Workbook. (See opposite for links)
If you wish to write in your Workbook, download the PDF version and print. If you wish to type notes and responses directly into your Workbook, download either Word or MacWord version, 'Save As' to your computer, editing the file name to include your own name.
Learning and formation activities
Modules contain a selection of readings and video presentations followed by one or more of the following activities.
A section of this Website has also been devoted to assisting staff who wish to know more about the Catholic Faith. Click here to read Catholic Update articles or view short videos on topics of interest.
The Module will also contain
What's 'Curia' mean?
Curia, is derived from Latin and has referred, since Roman times, to assemblies, councils and courts, and the places they meet. Their purpose has varied but always featured discernment and decision making related to issues of governance and administration for the common good. In the Catholic Church, their purpose is to assist the Pope (Roman Curia) or a bishop (Diocesan Curia) in his role of leadership and service.
'Communion' in the Church is a concept that includes our understanding of 'community' but expresses the deeper bonds of friendship which flow from our relationship together with God, in Christ through the Holy Spirit.