Carrera de Teología Pastoral

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Official name Carrera de Teología Pastoral (Degree course of Pastoral Theology)
Country / Continent Bolivia / South America
Director of the institute Avenida Ramón Rivero calle Oruro N º 492 Cochabamba - Bolivia
Legal holder of the institute Father Dr. Dariusz Robert Mazurek, OFM Conv.
Sponsor of the institute Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológicos (ISET = "Theological College")
Year of foundation ISET: 1969, Carrera de Teología Pastoral: 2000.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) In the Institute: the director, the secretary and about 25 teachers.
Staff members of your institute 17 priests, 8 lay people.
Contact Avenida Ramón Rivero, calle Oruro Nº 492 Cochabamba- Bolivia

Tel: (00591-4)  4257153


Fax: (00591-4) 4257086

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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Carrera de Teología Pastoral (Degree course of Pastoral Theology)

Director of the institute

Avenida Ramón Rivero calle Oruro N º 492 Cochabamba - Bolivia

Legal holder of the institute

Father Dr. Dariusz Robert Mazurek, OFM Conv.

Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológicos (ISET = "Theological College")

Vision / mission statement

Mission: Theology has a "pastoral" dimension, which means that theology emerges from its core as faith that is trying to understand, live and becomes real in relation to the redemptive mission of the church.

Main areas of work

Training of pastoral workers is mainly for students of the Universidad Católica Boliviana, who want to realize contemporary and specialized pastoral concepts in ecclesial and social context.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Mainly students of the UCB, future priests, religious, lay people and the Pastoral Commission of the Archdiocese Cochabamba - Bolivia.

Year of foundation

ISET: 1969, Carrera de Teología Pastoral: 2000.

Organisational structure of the institute

  • President of the ISET (P. Juan de Dios Gonzalez)
  • Director of the Carrera de Teología Pastoral (Dr. Dariusz P. Mazurek)
  • Secretary (Lizenziada Ninethe Chapana)
  • Students

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

In the Institute: the director, the secretary and about 25 teachers.

Staff members of your institute[2]

17 priests, 8 lay people.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Mainly theologians.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

  1. Design of a church which is sacrament of communion among the different pastoral workers, whose aim it is to promote reconciliation and unity of our peoples.
  2. Design a church that serves its brothers and sisters in Christ, with openness to dialogue and reconciliation in a culturally diverse context.
  3. Establishing a missionary church with organized and planned pastoral.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

The formation of lay people so that they live their Christian commitment in the family, at work and in the social-political field to strengthen the "unity of life" (coherence) between faith and behavior; to adjust the beliefs and dispositions of everybody to Christ's existence and lifestyle without ceasing - especially through an intense life of prayer and sacrament.

To foster a "Church of Consciousness" in the faithful which expresses itself in communion and faith patterns; to educate the ecumenical sensitivity; to hold all Christians - teenager and adults - responsible for their own education; prepare them for the dialogue between faith and culture, with a personal plan; to provoke them to the testimony of the gospel even if their lives “shocks” the environment sometimes; to promote the manifestation of preferential love for the poor and needy and in the works of mercy too.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

One of the purposes is to develop a universally popular pastoral theology, which needs a methodological effort in theological research, to take the key issues such as the tradition of the Church and the historicity of theology into account, the autonomy of temporal realities - and therefore also the scientific methods of human sciences, of literature and art - along with the method of theology itself and its communicative function. Pastoral theology must take up an avant-garde space in the context of all these activities.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Workshops for training, MA in Pastoral Theology, licentiate in theology with focus on pastoral theology.

The curriculum of the course:

Modern Language I
Modern Language II
Workshop I
Workshop II
Guidance of the licentiate theses
licentiate theses (Civil MA)
Basics of Pastoral theology (history, identity, method, church work)
Pastoral ministry according to the magisterium
Missionary Pastoral Care
Spirituality of Pastoral Care
Biblical basics of Pastoral Theology
Preaching theology
Liturgical-sacramental inculturated Pastoral
Specific Pastoral Theology (special Pastoral )
Generally comprehensive pastoral theology
Fundamentals of catechesis and catechetical pedagogy
Pastoral Psychology
Seminar: Culture Pastoral Care
Seminar: Migrant Pastoral Care
Seminar: Dialogue of Church with the World (faithful interpretation of reality)
Seminar: Theological perspectives and new pastoral paradigms in Latin America
Seminar: Latin American popular piety and religion
Seminar: Church to be with the poor and leaving
Theology of evangelization and inculturation
Spiritual guidance in pastoral work
Dialogue with the indigenous cultures and Religions of Bolivia and Latin America
Ecclesiastical social teaching and human promoting in theological-pastoral  perspectives
Social sciences with theological-pastoral perspectives
Theological and pastoral perspective of Ecology
Pastoral and communications means
Civil rights in pastoral care
Seminar: Ecumenism in Pastoral Care
Seminar: New Religious Movements
Seminar: Health ministry (sexual, family moral and bioethics)
Seminar: charisms and ministries in the church community
Seminar: Pastoral animation of the ecclesial movements, groups and communities
Seminar: Catechesis in the context of New Evangelization
Seminar: Evangelization in the intercultural and postmodern society
Seminar: Religious Art
Workshop: Bible in Pastoral Care
Workshop: Catechesis for religious education
Workshop: training of pastoral workers
Workshop: Parish Administration

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Workshops for the training of pastoral workers and Seminar on... (text missing)

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

They have a curricular meaning as its patron is the UCB.Mainly for the Carrera de Teología Pastoral.

What notion of God inspires your work?

The image of Christ as the shepherd who seeks those who want to follow him, and through him, his sheep (us) find pasture (knowledge), and the pastures of the chosen one are the scene of God's face, with whose full contemplation the spirit saturates forever.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

We have the support of the ISET for the publications and researches of the students, I think the basic conditions, both the material and the academic structure are adequate. Organization of symposia on the general religious topics.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

We have Cuaderno of Teología Pastoral ["booklet of Pastoral Theology," presumably magazine] and articles about the course of studies in the cultural magazine "Yachay" [Inca word for "wisdom"].

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

The offer of licentiate, the civil master in this field in general, but mostly I think the subjects, which prepare for the pastoral practice, such as the workshop on "training of pastoral workers”, are important.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Very positive, because the goals set for the term 2010 were achieved, but the problem is the lack of students.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

Academic, that means, the academic offers to the students, both lay people and religious.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Lack of students.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

To make the existence of Carrera Teología Pastoral as offer of specialization with a worldwide emphasis public to all Bolivian seminaries and convents.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

The dream is to be a large degree course in the university so that many students, seminarians and lay people can attend the course as a theological and social special education.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

On behalf of the Bolivian society there is a good acceptance regarding the training of pastoral workers, which means they are very interested in this awareness, which is combined with an emphasis of their role in guiding the Christian life considering the challenges of history, starting from the root of charity and with large responsibility before God and man.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

By meeting or retreat with priests, catechists and affiliated institutions, we inform about the experiences that have been developed in various academic activities, so that they then encourage their employees to participate in the work of the institute.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

We have no students in this course, which are sent by the bishops.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Since this is a new course, we want to create a national pastoral network, the first offerings are the workshops for the training of pastoral workers in the entire territory of Bolivia.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

Participation in some courses and workshops.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

By an academic, documentary exchange and student exchanges, so that they can pass on their experiences through new strategies and forms of training of pastoral workers and pastoral work.

Perhaps by helping the project of the group: travel pastoral workers (Proyecto del Grupo Itinerante de Agentes Pastoral), who could help in various parishes in Bolivia, for example to organize the catechesis for children, adolescents and adults. There is a lack of Catechists in many regions of Bolivia, our offer could therefore help the parish priests, pastoral workers to train their own pastoral workers.

  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.