Certificate or Diploma in Catechesis.
The Course commences at various times during the year, depending on the diocese or center offering the Course.
The course is for anyone interested in developing his or her own faith for the sake of explaining it to others. The course provides a solid foundation in the key areas of Catholic faith which a person needs to understand in order to be able to pass it on. The course includes practical aspects of catechesis so theory is put inot practice all the way through the course.The course is for parish catechists as well as for those who simply want to be able to give an account of their faith to others.
Students may choose to study at either Certificate or Diploma level. (The Certificate is approximately a level two award and the Diploma a level three award) The Certificate or Diploma in Catechesis, which is validated by Maryvale Institute and approved by the Congregation for the Clergy, Rome is also offered with the authority of bishops from dioceses in England, Scotland, Ireland Scandinavia, USA and around the world for the training of catechists for their dioceses.
Course Content and Structure.
This is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning course. Course participants study at home in their own time following specially written course books for each module of the course. For each module the student presents a piece of written work. There are three study days to attend during the year, at which students are introduced to the modules and a practical workshop. Each academic year ends with a retreat day. The course draws from the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and selected documents of the Second Vatican Council as key reference texts and offers a balance of theology, spirituality and catechetical teaching skills.
The modules cover the following areas:
- Introduction to Catechesis
- Foundations of Faith
- The Lord Jesus Christ
- The Church
- Catechetical Methodology
- Our Lady and the Saints
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Liturgy and Sacraments
- Life in Christ
- Christian Prayer