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Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis

The Diocesan Pastoral Centre is hosting a programme, Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis, from Maryvale Institute, Birmingham,  which will commence on Saturday, October 6th next. For more information and how to register you can call Eileen Kelly at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre,  phone 091-565066 or 087-6683770, or log on to the Maryvale website at

Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis

This is a two-year, distance-learning course leading to the Certificate in Catechesis. Some  of the aims are:

  • The formation of a solid foundation in the Catholic faith, including knowledge of scripture, doctrine, liturgy, prayer and catechesis
  • Personal growth in faith and spiritual life
  • Development of methods for communicating and sharing the faith effectively
  • Development of confidence in reading and sharing Church teaching in scripture, the Catechism, and magisterial documents

It is intended for anyone seeking to learn more about their faith, as well as those looking for formation to equip them to work with children and adults in parishes, schools and families. The programme consists of six modules over two years with a study day at the beginning of each module and a retreat day at the end of each year.

The programme started in Galway Diocese on 7 October 2017 with 16 participants, representing five parishes.

The modules include:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Catechesis
  • Foundations of faith;
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Introduction to Church History
  • The Church
  • Ways of Praying

Year 2

  • The Old Testament
  • The New Testament
  • Liturgy and Sacraments
  • Life in Christ - Catholic Moral Teaching
  • Mary in the Mystery of Christ and the Church

There will be an information evening in the Pastoral Centre on Tuesday, September 4th at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.