This course provides a comprehensive overview of issues related to pastoral care. Students will examine the principal texts of the Christian tradition that outline the office of one who has care of souls. These include the works of John Chrysostom, Gregory the Great, Jean-Jacques Olier, John Eudes, Alphonsus Liguori, Fulton Sheen, and Pope John Paul II. The course will address marriage preparation, catechesis, Catholic education, pastoral counseling, rectory living, and the pastoral care of the sick. Instruction will include ample attention to contemporary challenges that priests today face in fulfilling their pastoral charge.