Ecclesiastical Licence in Catechetics

The Ecclesiastical Licence in Catechetics is a qualification of the Holy See,distinct from an STL, and is a new award offered by the Maryvale Institute from January 2012.

It is intended for those in leadership positions in catechetics and in other positions of responsibility. For example, the Licence is especially suited to:

  • those in diocesan positions of catechetics or adult faith formation
  • those involved in the creation, or oversight, of catechetical resources
  • those involved in work related to the new evangelization
  • those in Catholic chaplaincy or Catholic school leadership positions

Structure and content

Admission to the Licence programme is available for all those who have the Ecclesiastical B.Divinity, or an equivalent qualification. To gain the Licence, students first complete an Master of Arts in Catholic Applied Theology (Religious Education and Catechesis) at the Institute. They then spend a year studying three specialist modules. These focus on:

  • A classic text in the area of catechetics taken from a selection offered
  • A key figure in the area of catechetics
  • A contemporary debate in catechetics
  • Three residential weekends at the Institute support these three modules of study and prepare the students for an oral defence of their MA dissertation which occurs at the end of the Licence year.

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