Study With Us - Parish Mission and Ministry

One year course for those interested in formation for collaborative ministry in parishes

Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry (CPMM)

Who is the programme aimed at?

This course provides essential formation for all those interested in formation for collaborative ministry in parishes, both those already involved in parish ministries as well as parishioners who hesitate to volunteer their services without formation.

What are the entry requirements?

Completion of the application form and acceptance by the Institute.

How long is the programme?

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

When is the next enrolment?

The Course begins every autumn, so enrolment is open now.

Programme information (content & structure)

The Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry (CPMM) course consists of six modules, with specially prepared course books for you to study and learn at home. There are also three study days, which provide you with interesting seminars, interactive discussions, and opportunities to meet like-minded people from different parishes, as well as the staff who will facilitate and support your study.

The course begins with three Mission modules, providing the rationale in scripture and Church teaching for all the baptised to share in the mission and ministry of Christ by fully engaging with their parishes and local communities. Three further Ministry modules consider the various groups that any parish would seek to care for, namely, young people, the elderly, the sick and vulnerable, and families.


A written assignment is submitted for each module, comprising a short essay and a practical reflection.

Resources needed

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

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

Further course information can be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact us either by making an online enquiry below or by calling 0121 3608118.

Student Feedback

"[Today, I most enjoyed] sharing thoughts and ideas with other course mates, as well as Mass inclusion in the study day program."

FE Student - March 2018 (CPMM, Portsmouth)

"The whole day has been really positive and really encouraging. I have really enjoyed today. You are very inspirational and great at motivating us."

FE Student - February 2018 (CPMM, Galloway)

"[The best part of the study day was the] opportunity to get together and share ideas, hopes and points. It was especially lovely to meet the students who have just graduated and build an even bigger network."

FE Student - January 2018 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"[The most positive part of the study day was that] I feel more relieved about the study and assignments. I now know I can get support anytime."

FE Student - January 2018 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"It was great to meet up with fellow students. The reassurance from Marie that it’s not that daunting to get stuck in and just do it. Attending Mass with those who have completed the course was very uplifting. Excellent venue for study day plenty of support available."

FE Student - January 2018 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"[The best part of the day] had to be the Mass and the joy of seeing the previous year’s students graduate. The thoughts I already have of what we can achieve. It was great, Marie made us feel so relaxed and welcome. Nice and informal and welcoming a great start to this journey."

FE Student - January 2018 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

" Even after these few short weeks of study, I feel much more informed and have completely changed my understanding of evangelisation. Probably like so many others, I felt I was practising my faith well but have been perhaps somewhat insular about it. I certainly find myself re-examining how I go about this and have even had the confidence to put some ideas forward to my parish priest. I would never have thought that I knew enough to do this before - so many thanks to you and everyone at Maryvale for that."

FE Student - December 2017 (CPMM, Galloway)

"Completing the course and the essays has been a great source of personal reflection for me. It has helped me to look with fresh eyes at past experiences in my own personal life and see more clearly the hand of God at work, His presence and healing, albeit a slow, but a sure process; a re-affirmation of words which I often quote to myself: 'We are where we put our feet'. ... CPMM has led me to realise more and more, that it is in the simple, everyday mundane tasks that we witness; by our presence to others in their good times and bad...I also feel re-energised in my music ministry, realising how involvement in that ministry has sustained me in my own faith and that music has been a means of prayer when there were no words. I now feel further encouraged, that when I meet with couples to choose their wedding music or the bereaved to select hymns for a loved one's funeral, that is my channel for evangelising and accompaniment."

FE Student - September 2017 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"This was a great opportunity where we could meet Dr. Marie Cooke and understand better the requirements. The discussion and topic was very well covered and extremely interesting."

FE Student - March 2017 (CPMM, United Arab Emirates)

"The content is rich and very well presented. ... Thank you for your dedication and for helping make a difference in our way of thinking and in our spiritual life."

FE Student - March 2017 (CPMM, United Arab Emirates)

"It was extremely informative and provided me with deep insight on the Servant Leadership Model. It was a very interactive session."

FE Student - March 2017 (CPMM, United Arab Emirates)
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