A Catechesis on Marriage & Family

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

A Catechesis on Marriage & Family

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 2018
  • Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath (Ireland): September 2017
  • Singapore: November 2017

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.

Disability support

If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Disability Support Form here and email it or post this to the Disability Support 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 Disability Support Coordinator by using the contact button below:

For further information

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

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