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Our Purpose

 The English Language Studies for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM) aims to train pastoral workers and theological students who speak a language other than English as their first language. Its objective is to develop skills in English in a Christian and theological environment and to improve communication to a level which will enable them to participate effectively in a pastoral ministry of the contemporary Church.


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“As I finish my studies at ELSPM I realise that now I can express myself in English, I can write essays, proposals and letters in good English. I can converse with others and follow mass media and understand. I can read different articles, journals, books and make meaning of what I read. I feel so blessed to have been part of ELSPM. My teachers have shown me such love and care. May God bless you all.”

Fr Priscus Massawe CP

“It was really wonderful experience for me to study English in ELSPM. I enjoyed the topics which were specifically in the fields of theology and apostolic ministry. I improved my English within a short period of time and formed solid friendship with the teachers, students, and volunteers in the ELSPM community.”

Kim Ju Chan SJ

“ELSPM is a gift to our Congregation. We were excited that a Religious Order would start a Language Centre for our sisters to learn English. ELSPM has helped our sisters spiritually and emotionally, enabling them to express their faith journey in the English language.”

Sr Sarita SSPS

What I’ve enjoyed the most at ELSPM is sharing knowledge, faith, and culture with others. I thank all of you who have touched my life with your kindness, thoughtfulness, friendship and prayers.

Timoteus Tapoona CSsR

I enjoy learning English because I feel all the teachers are devoted and creative both in classroom and other activities. I have been supported and accompanied by teachers, volunteers and friends who encourage me express my thoughts and ideas. All of us come from different cultures, languages and nationalities but I know that we are here to study not only English but to also celebrate the diversity between us

Nguyen thi Lan rndm

For me, it is a rich experience to be involved at ELSPM supporting the students as a volunteer mentor. They are always keen to learn, to improve their language skills and to understand more about the often-confusing Australian way of life.



The ELSPM is located in Melbourne, regularly rated as the most livable city in the world by the Economist magazine. It is a safe and culturally diverse city that offers students many opportunities to practise their language skills in supportive communities.

ELPSM classes are conducted at the Yarra Theological Union, situated at

98 Albion Road, Box Hill Victoria 3128,

13 kilometres from central Melbourne; the program follows the academic calendar of the University of Divinity.

Classes run in 10 week blocks from the last week in January with a two week break after each 10 week block.  Classes are held Monday to Friday and commence at 9.30am and conclude at 2.30pm.

Below are links to relevant documents and forms. If you think that you, or someone you know, would benefit from studying with us, please contact us today.