Faculty of Theology – Church History

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Diploma in the Archival & Cultural Appreciation of Ecclesiastical Patrimony

The Department of Church history, Patrology and Paleochristian Archaeology within the University of Malta, this October will be offering a new Diploma course that focuses on the Archival and Cultural Appreciation of Ecclesiastical Patrimony.

The course intends to promote interest and appreciation in the rich eccesiastical heritage that our island offers, whilst also assisting the sector in training key individuals who assist voluntarily or who are employed within religious sites or collections across Malta and Gozo. This course will provide a further understanding of our rich ecclesiastical cultural heritage, its meaning, how to care for it, as well as how to promote it to diverse visitors. 

The formation of qualified personnel to promote our Ecclesiastical Heritage, within churches, museums and collections, will provide added value to the appreciation of our national heritage, particularly in the area of religious tourism, which contributes significantly to Malta’s tourism attractivness. Churches and religious collections attract thousands of visitors annually, that need qualified personnel to promote and communicate their similarities as well as their uniqueness at a national and european level. 

Our rich Ecclesiastical heritage contributes significantly also to our European Identity.

The course will cover three main areas, that include Art, Archives and Language, with specific focus on collections, museology and ecclesiastical architecture. The Diploma will be offering introductory courses in the History of the Church in Malta, Christian Art, Ecclesiastical Archives, Ecclesiastical Architecture, Ecclesiastical Latin together with Research Methods and Preservation studies.

For further information, one can log into the University of Malta Theology Department website, on this link: https://www.um.edu.mt/theology/prospective/ecclesiasticalpatrimony  where one can view the program of studies, as well as details on how to register for the course.

Author: Joe Farrugia

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