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Affiliation to the Faculté Notre Dame (Paris) renewed

Maryvale Institute's

Higher Institute of Religious Science (HIRS)

Revalidated by the Holy See

October 2016

HIRS Revalidation Letter

Maryvale is delighted to announce that the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome has given its approval to the continuation of the Maryvale Higher Institute of Religious Sciences (HIRS), and its affiliation to the Faculté Notre Dame in Paris, for a further five years from the 29th September 2016. The news was given to Maryvale's Director Fr Edward Clare, and the Director of the HIRS Fr Michael Cullinan at their recent meeting in Paris with Mgr Jerome Beau, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris and Director of the Ecole Catholique of which the Faculté is a part. The Congregation has also approved the new statutes of the HIRS which were refined as a result of the experience gained over the initial trial period of five years since its establishment in 2011.


Fr Clare & Rev Dr Cullinan at College des Bernardins
Fr Clare & Rev Dr Cullinan visit Collège des Bernardins

Fr Michael welcomed the news, and the recognition of the Institute's work for Catholic adult education that it represents. He said: "We are very grateful to the Congregation and also in particular to to Bishop Beau, Père Jacques and Père Brice and their colleagues at Faculté Notre Dame for all their support, advice, and encouragement in the last five years and in the process of renewal. We look forward to our continuing warm relationship with FND as our Programmes develop in the future." Fr Edward added his own thanks to Fr Michael and the staff of the Maryvale HIRS for the way in which it has flourished and developed, and added: "Maryvale's HIRS still offers the English speaking world the only place where ecclesiastical degrees designed specifically for lay people and religious are available, and its supported distance-learning methodology means that students from countries all around the world are able to take advantage of its courses".


Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral

Maryvale's HIRS offers a Bachelor of Divinity degree with pathways in Theology and Ecclesial Service, and the higher degree of Licence in Divinity with a specialisation in Catechetics. More details can be found here or by clicking the online enquiry button below to request further information:



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