Canon John Redford

On Saturday 22nd March, the Archdiocese paid tribute to Fr John Redford at a memorial mass at Maryvale parish church, celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop David McGough accompanied by priests of the diocese, including Mgrs. Danny McHugh and Paul Waston, the two past Directors of Maryvale Institute who worked so closely with Fr John.

After the mass, which was attended by the sisters, staff and friends of Maryvale and local parishioners, as well as Fr John's relatives, the student lounge and bar was officially named "The Redford Lounge", fulfilling Fr John's own request that he should be remembered in this way. The unveiling was performed by Margaret and John, Fr John's sister and brother in law.

Theology, Philosophy & Catechesis at Maryvale Higher Institute of Religious Sciences.

Maryvale is both a place of worship and a specialist Institute, providing distance learning opportunities in Catholic Theology, Evangelisation, Catechesis, Philosophy, Ministry and Religious Education at every level from short, informal courses to BAs, MAs and research degrees. The range of levels offered enables students from all backgrounds to develop their full potential and obtain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications.

The Holy See has now erected Maryvale as an Ecclesiastical institute so that it can also offer degrees of the Holy See, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. These degrees, through the European Bologna agreement, are fully recognised in European member countries. The degrees offer a serious and systematic formation for the sake of the lay apostolate and can enable one to move into leadership and teaching positions in the Church.

Designed to enable people to gain a fuller understanding of the Catholic Faith, wherever they are, the learning method developed at Maryvale is easily accessible, thorough and effective. Courses are delivered using a distance learning method based on those pioneered by The Open University. This combines supported home learning with short residential schools or Study/Training Days at Maryvale.

'And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church, as His creation,
And her teachings, as His own.'

John H. Newman: “The Dream of Gerontius,” 1865.

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