Pastoral training is not overemphasised in the Propaedeutic Year since this is rightly placed in the later seminary years. Nevertheless there are 4 important elements that feature during the Propaedeutic Year:
Meeting with diocesan priests - to learn from those working in parishes elsewhere
Regular work - emphasising service for others
Pastoral supervision - being taught how to reflect on experiences
One month Pastoral Placement - a challenging situation - in Hospices for the Dying, Drop-in Centres, Prisons, Hospitals, Aids sufferers, Drug addicts, housing and refugee programs etc. Through spiritual direction and pastoral reflection the student would be helped to relate better to his own poverty through living with and serving the poor.