A Catechesis on Marriage & Family

'Come & learn about the ‘inexhaustible mystery of marriage & the family.‘ (Pope Francis)

A Catechesis on Marriage & Family

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This course is for anyone who wishes to understand the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage and family. The fundamental question is: what is God’s plan for human love which is lived in a special way in the vocation to marriage and the family? The study of marriage and family brings together the reality of who were are, the richness of our lives' experiences and our Catholic Faith. In the light of faith, we can truly know who we are, the meaning of our lives and the full truth about the meaning of marriage and the family. With this understanding, we are able to participate fruitfully in the Church’s mission in the ‘New Evangelization’.

What are the entry requirements?

Completion of the Application Form and acceptance by the Institute.

How long is the programme?

This is a 6-month distance-learning course. There are two modules and two study days; one study day for the introduction of each module. The planned study days for 2017-2018 are:

  • Maryvale Institute: 27th January, 26th May 2018
  • Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath (Ireland): 30th September 2017, 10th February 2018
  • Singapore: 4th November 2017, 24th February 2018

When is the next enrolment?

Enrolment is open now for courses beginning:

  • Maryvale Institute: January 2019

Programme information

To learn more about the content of the course and its structure please click here.


A written assignment is submitted at the end of each module, which will allow you to demonstrate the fruits of your study and your personal reflection.

Resources needed

  • A Bible
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Access to the Documents of the Church's Magisterium

How do I apply?

For an application form, please click here.

Accessibility support

If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Accessibility Support Form, open and edit it in Acrobat Reader, and email or post the completed document to the Accessibility Coordinator (address included on the form), to ensure we can give you the best possible support during your course of study. Disclosing a disability will not be a factor in Institute’s decision as to whether or not to offer you a place on the course. However, it is important that the Institute knows if you have any specialist needs in order to provide you with appropriate support and facilities. This information will remain strictly confidential. For further information, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator by using the contact button below:

For further information

If you have any questions, please contact the Course Administrator, Linda Beirne, by using the enquiry button below and/or by telephoning Maryvale Institute directly, [0044] (0)121 3608118.

Student Feedback

"The course led me to a more organic understanding of the theological and biblical concepts underpinning Catholic moral teaching on marriage and family life. Certainly, the Mystery of the Trinity is not quite such a mystery anymore! A bonus is that the tutors are attentive and helpful."

FE Student - November 2017 (A Catechesis on Marriage & Family)

"I entered the course as an academic exercise, with an objective to learn about the church’s teaching on Marriage and Family. What I left with was much, much more! The teaching given in the course opened my eyes and soul to truths that I had not previously understood; truths about my faith, my identity, my role as Husband and Father that has given me such encouragement and (thank God!) a new direction in my life with the Lord. This indeed has been an unexpected, powerful and revelational journey. Thank you Maryvale!"

FE Student - November 2017 (A Catechesis on Marriage & Family)

"I loved this course and would strongly recommend it to anyone involved in catechesis, education, and marriage preparation - or simply attempting to bring up children in our secular society! The tutors' encouragement and support is outstanding, and the format of both course and assessment is very flexible and adaptable to different needs and abilities. The short length and correspondence format made it doable even with a busy lifestyle."

FE Student - November 2017 (A Catechesis on Marriage & Family)

"For years, I felt that I ought to read up on these important moral topics, but somehow I never had the confidence or perseverance to tackle scripture, catechism and church documents. The coursebook offers context and gives guidance on which parts are most relevant, therefore making it a very achievable and satisfying task. Once you have been shown a way into these texts, it is much easier to continue reading and learning. The days at Maryvale were interesting and inspiring - not least on account of the people I met!"

FE Student - November 2017 (A Catechesis on Marriage & Family)

"We loved doing the course and got an awful lot out of it. It has given us so much confidence in responding to questions about the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family. Overall, a most inspiring course and we loved doing it especially all the reading and thinking! "

FE Students - November 2017 (A Catechesis on Marriage & Family)

"The modules were exceptionally well written, clear and brilliantly edited: a model of what a course book should be."

FE Student - November 2017 (A Catechesis on Marriage & Family)

"I very much enjoyed the Course. It is so relevant to the issues I am dealing with as a Deacon in terms of Marriage and Family Life. I found it particularly helpful in the Marriage Preparation work I have been involved in within my Parish and Diocese.

The Course was well structured. I particularly liked the Module Books which were well set out, logical in their approach, and well-planned for guiding the student through the Module. A wide range of relevant and up to date sources and text sources was offered, with just the right blend to encourage one to think and read more. I felt that the Module books led the student towards the essays set, giving one confidence to meet the challenge of essay writing. The essays themselves were practical and could form the basis for Formation within the parish; in other words they had extended value, rather than being an end in themselves.

The Tutors were excellent. I felt inspired by their enthusiasm, confident in their learning and what they shared with students, and the way their own tutorial style matched the strengths of the Module guides. They used a variety of Teaching styles which maintained student focus, and were able to engage the students actively in the process.

The two days of study were well organised in such a way that a great deal was achieved in a very short time, without ever making it feel pressurised. There was a lovely atmosphere in which students enjoyed being challenged rather than being overcome by the depth of the topics. It gave us more confidence in understanding the key Gifts of, as well as the issues facing, Marriage and Family Life.
The Course was ambitious and challenged students to reflect and develop their thinking. It made the hard work feel very worthwhile. The marking and feedback were very helpful, all very professional, all very valuable. Overall comment: excellent in every respect. What's the next Course?"

FE Student - November 2017 (A Catechesis on Marriage & Family)
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