Study With Us - Certificate in Catechesis

Develop your faith for the sake of explaining it to others

Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis (MCC)




The Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis course commences at Maryvale every autumn, but is also offered in various other venues during the course of the year. With the authority of the bishops, it is being used for the training of catechists for dioceses in England, Ireland, Belarus, Singapore and Africa currently, and has been in Scotland, Norway, UAE, and the USA.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The MCC course is open to any adult who would like to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their faith so that they can confidently hand it on to others, either formally as catechists or informally as parishioners.

What are the entry requirements?

Open access

How long is the programme?

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

When is the next enrolment?

The course starts at Maryvale each autumn and at other centres at different times of the year.

Programme information (content & structure)

This two-year course draws from the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and selected documents of the Second Vatican Council as key reference texts, offering a balance of theology, spirituality, and catechetical skills.

Eight modules are studied either over two years, or as two discrete stages (Part I and Part II) which can take longer:

Year 1 (Part I)
  • Formation in Faith
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Introduction to Church History
  • The Church
Year 2 (Part II)
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Liturgy & Sacraments
  • Life in Christ: Catholic Moral Teaching
  • Ways of Praying

Assessment

A written assignment is submitted for each module, comprising of a short essay and an outline plan for a catechesis session.

Resources needed

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

How do I apply?

Applications are welcome at any time of year. To apply, download the application form here.

To download the MCC flyer, click here.

Accessibility

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 instructors were reassuring. It was like a breath of fresh air to hear from the teachers/admin @ Maryvale. Thankful that lecturers make time out to come out so far to meet the students."

FE Student - November 2018 (MCC Singapore)

"Very upbeat and positive session, warm and welcoming. Incredibly informative. I feel confident going forward now into the studying and essays. It was good to also have the input of the tutors."

FE Student - October 2018 (MCC Portsmouth)

"Thorough explanation of content. Inspiring content and visuals. Personal experiences shared by facilitator and members of group. Mass."

FE Student - October 2018 (MCC Portsmouth)

"The tutor’s enthusiasm and total belief in the Maryvale courses, and equipping us to study, I feel very motivated."

FE Student - October 2018 (MCC Portsmouth)

"Presenters are very positive, energetic, audible voice and able to deliver the message clearly. Presenters gave ample assurance and encouragement for the written work."

FE Student - October 2018 (MCC Portsmouth)

"The presentation was very interesting – helped to understand the Old Testament/breakdown – which I previously felt overwhelming..."

FE Student - September 2018 (MCC Galway)

"Presentation clear and reassuring. Flexibility of working deadlines suits. Meeting other students. Resources inspiring eg prayer slides, Artwork/music at beginnings."

FE Student - September 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"[I appreciated] the way Marie broke down the course so easy for us to understand. The welcome was very nice. The Mass helped us (me) to be in communion with myself. Carry on the good work!"

FE Student - September 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"Very informative, covered what is required; additional support; study at your own pace; nice to meet other students."

FE Student - September 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"The opportunity to meet new people and have some very interesting discussion and thoughtful sharing. Very happy that the number of assignments has been reduced, as that will benefit me while working full time."

FE Student - September 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"Today was a great day , very positive, ... I want to finish this course so I can help out in my parish."

FE Student - September 2018 (MCC Ardagh)

"Today was a very positive day. Marie encouraged everybody to give feedback to the class on how people were feeling. This was very helpful as people felt that they were not alone. Ready to start 2nd year enthusiastic and ready...Thank you Marie for being a ‘candle’ in the dark."

FE Student - September 2018 (MCC Ardagh)

"I gained lots of insight into knowledge on my subject. [I enjoyed] meeting other students. Beautiful dinner from the sisters. Enjoyed Mass in the Chapel."

FE Student - February 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"I gained lots of insight into knowledge on my subject. [I enjoyed] meeting other students. Beautiful dinner from the sisters. Enjoyed Mass in the Chapel."

FE Student - February 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"I gained lots of insight into knowledge on my subject. [I enjoyed] meeting other students. Beautiful dinner from the sisters. Enjoyed Mass in the Chapel."

FE Student - February 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"I gained lots of insight into knowledge on my subject. [I enjoyed] meeting other students. Beautiful dinner from the sisters. Enjoyed Mass in the Chapel."

FE Student - February 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"I gained lots of insight into knowledge on my subject. [I enjoyed] meeting other students. Beautiful dinner from the sisters. Enjoyed Mass in the Chapel."

FE Student - February 2018 (MCC 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 gained lots of insight into knowledge on my subject. [I enjoyed] meeting other students. Beautiful dinner from the sisters. Enjoyed Mass in the Chapel."

FE Student - February 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"[I gained most from] the co-ordination of knowledge and ideas making sense of theology and history. A thorough treatment."

FE Student - February 2018 (MCC Maryvale)

"The reassurance that we are all in the ‘same boat’ gives me the confidence to relax and try and get more out of the course (i.e it’s not all about the assignment). Very happy with the course so far."

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Ardagh)

"The presentation and notes supplied were both excellent. The teacher was fantastic and her presentation of content was very helpful, and made it seem achievable. The course books and study days, combined with extra study days in Longford all together, make it seem achievable."

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Ardagh)

"The explanation about Christology was done in an understandable manner. Loved the images of Christ – very inspiring - and the hymn … great support!"

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Ardagh)

"This was a really lovely study day and beautifully presented by the teacher. I found the material very interesting and very clearly and concisely presented. The best history lecture I have been to in a long time and with an authoritative gentleness and knowledge: I love it!"

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Cork)

"Lovely, relaxed positive atmosphere and good opportunities for group sharing & Q&As. Room was lovely and warm. Mass was lovely and meaningful. Thank you to the lecturers."

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Cork)

"I found the teacher very knowledgeable and approachable. I found the [study] day very helpful and beneficial to my study."

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Cork)

"It was a fantastic enlightening [study] day and the way the lecturer brought us into the Bible."

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Cork)

"Excellent delivery of content of course book. Interesting clips and video. Glad to hear that we do not need to rush to finish all the essays in the 2 years."

FE Student - January 2018 (MCC Galway)
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