Religious counsellors in the State, Church, and Independent schools met together for a training seminar about a more inclusive pastoral ministry in our schools. In our school communities, children with autism are being helped to integrate and therefore the pastoral workers need to improve their knowledge, skills, and competencies about this aspect.
This meeting took place on the 15th January 2020 and was organised by the Pastoral care section within the Secretariat for Catholic Education and the Spiritual Development in schools Unit within the Vicariate for Evangelisation.
At the Archbishop’s Seminary, Ms Jeanette  Galea Soler u Ms Claire McElhatton, two experts in the field, helped the participants to understand how to relate better with children with autism and together with Sr Alexandra Chircop, they also delved in the pastoral aspect, especially when coming to the participation in the mass. 
At the end of the seminar, fr Reuben Gauci collected the issues that priests experience in schools related to the multifaith experience as a preparation for future training opportunities.
The schools that participated in the seminar are:
  • ALP, Paola
  • Archbishop’s Minor Seminary, Rabat
  • De la Salle College, Birgu
  • Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar
  • Maria Regina Middle School, Naxxar
  • Malta Visual & Performing Arts School, Hamrun
  • National Sports School, Pembroke
  • San Anton Schools, Mgarr
  • St Albert College, Valletta
  • St Claire Middle & Secondary School
  • St Benedict College Qrendi primary school
  • St Benedict Hellen Keller Education Centre
  • St Benedict College Middle School, Kirkop
  • St Benedict College Secondary School, Kirkop
  • St Elias College, St Venera
  • St Francis School, Cospicua
  • St Theresa College Birkirkara Primary school
  • St Theresa College Middle School, Birkirkara
  • St George Preca College Floriana primary school
  • St Thomas More Marsaskala primary schools A & B
  • St Thomas More Secondary school, St Lucia
The next training seminar is going to be on the 19th of May 2020 related to Prayer Spaces in Schools.