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Certificate in Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy

Certificate in Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy (CCHC)

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Who is the programme aimed at?

The course provides formation for both clergy and lay people for chaplaincy roles in hospitals and other healthcare settings, as well as ministry to the sick in residential care and in their own homes.

How long is the programme?

This is a one year, part-time, distance-learning course.

When is the next enrolment?

The Certificate in Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy is under review during 2020-2021. It is intended that the course will run again in Autumn 2021.

If you're interested in the programme, we are still welcoming enquiries and can keep you informed about when applications will reopen. In the meantime, why not take a look at Maryvale's other Further Education and Independent Study courses?

Programme information (content & structure)

Three modules are studied over the year, with three Saturday study days providing practical workshops and training from experts in the field.

Module 1, Faith Foundations: will provide a comprehensive overview of Catholic doctrine. Students who have completed Catholic theological or catechetical studies may be given exemption from this module.

Module 2, Principles of Ministering to the Sick: explains the Christian understanding of suffering; spiritual and religious care; the patient’s experience of physical and spiritual pain; the complex moral issues in contemporary healthcare situations; and the purpose of sacramental ministry to the sick.

Module 3, Practicalities of Ministering to the sick: explores the praxis that is visiting the sick, listening and communicating with them, praying with them and their families; the practicalities of working with other Christians, those of other faiths, and people without faith adherence are examined.

FE Programme Specifications

**In response to restrictions imposed and uncertainties raised by Covid-19, Maryvale Institute will conduct all study days online until 31 July 2021 in the first instance. The situation will be monitored and reviewed regularly for course delivery after this time.**


Assessment is by short written assignments and journal reflections on healthcare placements.

Resources needed

  • A Bible
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Access to the Documents of Vatican II

Course Fees

The level of course fees payable depends on whether you are a UK/EU or a non-EU student. Please ensure that you refer to the appropriate section on the course fees page.

How do I apply?

All applicants will be required to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, (PVG in Scotland), and to have undertaken Safeguarding training in preparation for their placements.

To apply, download the application form.


If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Accessibility 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

Please contact us either by making an online enquiry below or by calling 0121 3608118.

Student Feedback

"The sessions were very interesting... The day was worth it. The Holy Mass, meal and free time are very wonderful & helpful."

FE Student - October 2018 (CCHC Maryvale)

Comments from FE Retreat Day (July 2018)

  • "Loved all of the retreat, thank you for organising it. Praying with clay was sensational – delivered so expertly. It was deeply prayerful and surprised me how creative God ennobled me to be. I would love a whole day on this. The hand massage was relaxing, delivered by kind and gentle expert practitioners. Mass was beautiful. Thank you for delicious home-made food too.”
  • "I finished MCC last year and would highly recommend it to others. I’m considering Health Care Chaplaincy"
  • "Loved the time to pray and loved the clay prayer and also the message: 'Talking to other students'. Both my friends and I were happy with all of the day. The one to one is valuable, also the webinars are fantastic."
  • "Wow, what an amazing experience! Lovely welcome, then taking part in the clay/prayer. Not what you make, but the feelings and revelations it gives you. Fantastic lunch, thank you sisters. Free time to pray and talk. Wonderful foot massage – a real crowning day. Time with the Lord & Benediction. What more could we ask? When is the next one?"
  • "Both sessions were excellent. They were both peaceful and I feel calm and at peace and very relaxed. Thank you for all the information I had about the MCC assignment. It has given me hope to continue and finished the assignment."

FE Students - July 2018

"[I most enjoyed the] sharing of experiences – knowing that the problems you have had have been exchanged by others and solutions exchanged."

FE Student - March 2018 (CCHC Maryvale)

"[The sessions provided] very practical steps and thoughts."

FE Student - March 2018 (CCHC Maryvale)
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