Consultancy from the International Association for Children's Spirituality: Adrian Gellel

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Adrian Gellel

Adrian Gellel Dr Adrian-Mario Gellel is a Senior Lecturer in Catechetics and Religious Education in the Department of Arts and Languages in Education (Faculty of Education) and in the Department of Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law (Faculty of Theology). He coordinates the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry programme as well as the Religious Education programme within the Bachelor of Education.

After graduating in education Adrian pursued his studies in Catechetics and Youth Ministry at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. In May 2005 he was awarded the doctorate with Summa cum Laude after successfully defending the thesis, Adapting Religious Education to Individual Students’ requirements: A means of being faithful to the Pedagogy of God in the classroom.

His main areas of interest are Child and Adolescent Spirituality, Religious Education and Education. His academic interests led him to convene the International Conference on Children’s Spirituality (2005), and the International Conference EARLI SIG19 Religious and Spiritual Education Conference (2011). Adrian is currently researching on the language/s of Spirituality, primordial human spirituality, and Symbol Literacy.

Adrian is also actively involved in Ministry within the Maltese Archdiocese. Between 1996 and 2010 he was a member of the Secretariat for Catechesis. In 2005, he was appointed by the Archbishop to serve as a Board member of the Pastoral Formation Institute, on which he still serves to date. Between 2006 and 2010 he was appointed as the National Coordinator for Religious Education in Schools for the Catholic Church. Amongst others, during his term of office he coordinated and led the publication of the consultation policy document Religious Education in Malta: Reflections by the Catholic Community, as well as the syllabus and the Form 1 Religious Education scholastic textbook My Adventure.

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