Maryvale Development Office.
How does Maryvale operate?
Maryvale Institute is a charitable organisation governed by The Maryvale Institute Trust Fund (Charity number 1068634). The Trustees are:
- The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
- The Right Reverend Mgr John Moran, Vicar General
- The Right Reverend Mgr Canon Patrick McKinney.
- The Reverend John Carlyle
The Designated Officer of the Trustees and Correspondent is the Acting Director, Dr Petroc Willey.
Objects of the Maryvale Institute Trust.
- To promote and develop theology and associated studies in theology and social sciences, religious education and catechetics through the provision of courses.
- To provide a venue and facilities for study, research, meetings, conferences and retreats.
- To promote and participate in the whole work of evangelisation.
- To promote foster and develop the study of religion.
- To provide and maintain a college or colleges for education, study and research.
- To promote, educate and train in the Roman Catholic religion, particularly by distance learning courses, and to provide assistance to persons to enable them to undertake education and training.
- To promote the advancement of public education in the study of and research into the Roman Catholic religion and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and comparative religions and to publish the useful results of such research.
- To promote religious education and catechesis in schools and parishes through courses, advice and consultancy.
A little about Maryvale...
Begun in 1980 as a diocesan centre for catechetics the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Maryvale became an Institute affiliated to degree awarding universities in 1990. The Institute continues to provide support for catechetics, evangelisation and special needs in parishes of the Archdiocese through its Department for Family and Parish Catechesis.
Maryvale is not just college, but as home to Britain's premier Shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and, with a distinguished history as a hub for Catholic mission in the Recusant era, it is a spiritual centre of prayer from whence springs a lively and effective mission in the world today.
Maryvale Institute has been a legally independent charitable trust since 1996 but - so far financially unendowed - it has always needed grants and donations to meet development costs. Founded by the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Institute continues to receive support from the Archdiocese to maintain the premises, the Director and key personnel. An invaluable team of voluntary workers also give essential support.
Course Fees, donations and ocassional grants provide for the larger part of the Institute's budget. However, as part of Maryvale's policy of Mission, fee levels have always been kept to a minimum in order to maximise access to courses. Even so, there are still many who experience difficulty affording the fees and we aim to attract sufficient funding for bursaries to cater for genuine and worthy applicants wishing to undertake courses of study and research.
What is money needed for?
After 30 years of growth, and standards of academic excellence which have been widely acclaimed, even by secular educationalists, Maryvale looks forward to developing its resources and capacity and so to continue its work for the Christian faith in an increasingly contentious age. These are present major plans:
- Regular grants and capital funds to provide income for Bursaries for deserving students.
- Money for catechetical Missionary Projects in poorer countries.
- Information Technology and remote conferencing development.
- Provision of additional residential accommodaton for students.
- Augmentation of the library stock and research materials.
- Promotion and publishing.
- Funds for ongoing general maintenance of the Grade II Listed buildings, including the Shrine to the sacred Heart of Jesus.
- Expansion of its Marriage and Family Life Studies Centre.
- Inception of a course in Sacred Music to complement that in Art.
- Additional academic and administration staff
- Heritage site development: a Blessed John Henry Newman exhibition, interpretative signage and a 'virtual' tour.
If you wish your donation to be used for a particular project please state this when you make your gift.
Giving & donations to Maryvale
There are four ways you could make a donation:
- By sending a cheque or money order payable to ‘Maryvale Institute'.
- By bankers order or direct debit to the Institute's bankers - please contact the Director of Development, Michael Huxley-Evans, for account details at 0121 360 8118.
- Through the online donation website, http://www.thebiggive.org.uk
- By making an online payment now via our Paypal account.
If you are a tax payer, we ask that you fill out the Gift Aid form, which will enable us to reclaim from the Inland Revenue 25% extra to the value of your donation. You can download that form here.
Please consider leaving a legacy to Maryvale Institute in your Will. For more information about that, please click on the "Legacies" button in the left-hand navigation.
Thank you for looking at this. We hope you will be able to support Maryvale and its mission!