About - Testimonials

Testimonials from Former and Current Students

Student Feedback

These quotes are from students attending recent residential sessions as part of their courses...

"The atmosphere of Maryvale is wonderful, both as a serious place of learning and as a place alive to the mission of Jesus in the world. I have enjoyed studying the modules and am seeing a real impact both in my own faith and in my work, thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm and passion shown by the lecturers."

MA Student - December 2016

"I have LOVED the progression of the material presented in the modules. It has been beautiful to see the way Maryvale has organised the modules in such a way that they build on an overall theme."

Year 2 MA Student talking about their study weekend - September 2016

"Excellent! Very helpful and sharing of great ideas!"

Year 2 MA Student talking about their study weekend - September 2016

"I am currently writing my MA dissertation on the Marriage and Family Life pathway and would highly recommend any of the Courses at Maryvale. For me, this MA has certainly been part of my conversion experience for both my marriage and family life. All are welcome to consider taking up a Course and no one should feel too old to study. As a stay-at-home mama of 3, my past 2 and a bit years in Maryvale has been a life-giving experience. When I count my blessings, I count this twice! My study in Maryvale has afforded me plenty of opportunities to grow in faith and appreciate the gift of being a wife, mother, sister and friend. People from all over the world travel to Maryvale as it’s affordable and has an excellent caring and devoted staff. Whilst we are nourished by beautiful Liturgies during Residential weekends, another unique selling point is the fabulous cooking of the Bridgettine sisters! I dare anyone to find a better deal!!!"

Year 3 MA Student - August 2016

"My time at Maryvale has been a blessing, since the lecturers themselves are not just devout believers but also real. They have such an appetite and desire to help me 'get it'. They are all a treat and a blessing to work with and anyone who comes to Maryvale, open and surrendered to learn, will leave with much more than they dreamed of... This has been my personal experience and I wish it for prospective students. I came thinking, as a cradle Catholic, I knew so much, but each trip to Maryvale confirmed how little I knew. I am still learning and grateful for the humbling experience which has blessed my marriage and family life. I would highly recommend the Marriage and Family Life pathway for any married person. Be ready to be challenged and rewarded!"

Year 3 MA Student - August 2016

"Warmest thanks to Dr Tracy Cattell for her guidance on our final oral examinations."

Year 5 BDiv Students - July 2016

"'I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks,' (William Shakespeare). I would like to say at least many thanks for your information, help and support during the whole year(s) because 'silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone,' (G.B. Stern). My thanks also to Father Michael and the whole team at Maryvale."

BDiv Student - July 2016

"I really appreciate everything - Maryvale, you are doing a great job!"

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"A deeply informative study day - very intelligent and beautiful teacher - studies are intellectual, faithful, with practical wisdom."

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"A deeply informative study day - very intelligent and beautiful teacher - studies are intellectual, faithful, with practical wisdom."

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"It's a miracle and a gift to have the possibility to study with this perfect Institute."

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"Being with others on a shared journey and academic staff committed to helping us grow and achieve our potential."

Year 1 MA Student - May 2016

"The content was very good, but equally so, for me, was the time spent listening and speaking with my peers. It is a privilege to study with them and I look forward, God willing, to being present with you all in September."

Licence in Catechetics Student - May 2016 Residential

"Really excellent residential. Very happy with everything. Thank you to all involved."

Licence in Catechetics Student - May 2016 Residential

"I found this weekend to be extremely helpful! The self-audit was a great start to get me thinking in the right direction. The preparation and group work was great to get fresh eyes and ears to help me pinpoint issues. Meeting with my supervisor was the most helpful, as I was able to finally get a good structure and focus."

Year 3 MA Student talking about their dissertation preparation - February 2016

"I found all the sessions useful and helpful. The group work had really helped me to re-evaluate my topic in the light of the new ideas gained from others. The tutorials also offered me great opportunities to examine my understanding concerning the topic and redefine the way forward."

Year 3 MA Student talking about their dissertation preparation - February 2016

"This has been an excellent weekend. It helped me to recognise that I’m not alone. The worksheets allow us to take a step back and look at where we are at. The presentation sessions allow us to express clearly and succinctly what we’re proposing… It was a blessed, grace-filled time. Thank you!"

Year 3 MA Student talking about their dissertation preparation - February 2016

"The dedicated and informative nature of the discussions, and the way Sr Veronica and Marie Cooke related to the participants is inspiring. It is a great privilege to be able to attend this course in catechesis."

FE Student - Spring 2016 Study Day (Portsmouth)

"What I love about Maryvale is the way ongoing theological scholarship is combined with prayer and getting to know the other Masters students on the residential weekends."

MA Student - Spring 2016 Residential

"These have been the most informative and enjoyable lectures I have experienced in a long life of attending lectures."

BDiv Student - Autumn 2015 Residential

"It is a blessing to be studying here and have the ability to use the Chapel and participate in the community life."

BDiv Student - Autumn 2015 Residential

"Great to experience the truly Catholic nature of Maryvale"

BDiv Student - Autumn 2015 Residential

"The lecturer’s enthusiasm and knowledge inspired me to learn more."

BDiv Student - Autumn 2015 Residential

"There is a warm, positive feeling around the whole Institute."

MA Student - Autumn 2015 Residential

"The course is fulfilling on many levels and highly significant to the Catholic spiritual life."

MA Student - Autumn 2015 Residential

"It is always a pleasure and privilege to be in Maryvale! Wonderful, honest, gentle and kind staff make this place holy, hospitable and special."

MA Student - Autumn 2015 Residential
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