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Maryvale Institute with the Archdiocese of Birmingham presents:

Exploring the Directory for Catechesis

Friday 12th March, 16th April and 14th May,
and Tuesday 1st - Wednesday 2nd June 2021
FREE to Register and Attend

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Maryvale Institute, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, is delighted to announce a free, virtual conference that will focus on the new Directory for Catechesis. The Directory, published in March 2020, makes clear the essential elements in teaching and personal formation required by the mission of catechesis. Building on the previous 2 catechetical directories (1971 and 1997), this new text is a vital resource for all those engaged in the Church's work of proclaiming the Gospel.

This conference offers an opportunity for those either involved with or interested in catechesis, to explore the main themes and key emphases of this important text, and to reflect on its implications for their work in the Church and the world.

The conference will be take place across 4 sessions, focusing on different aspects of the directory:

  • Session 1, Friday 12th March, 2.00-4.00pm (London time):'Dynamic Continuity': The Purpose and Distinctive Emphases of the New Directory. Speakers confirmed so far: Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation), Archbishop Bernard Longley (Archdiocese of Birmingham and Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation) and more. Session lead: Rev Dr Michael Cullinan (Maryvale Institute).
  • Session 2, Friday 16th April, 2.00-5.00pm (London time):Key Emphases/Foci of the New Directory: a Closer Look. Speakers confirmed so far: Fr Jan Nowotnik (Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Archdiocese of Birmingham), Katherine Coolidge (Catherine of Siena Institute), Dr Tamra Fromm (Catholic Biblical School of Michigan and Maryvale Institute), Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau OP (Dominican Srs of St Joseph and Maryvale Institute) and more, followed by breakout sessions. Session lead: Natalie Orefice MA (Archdiocese of Birmingham).
  • Session 3, Friday 14th May, 2.00-5.00pm (London time):Growing in Faith: A Lifelong Journey of Catechesis. Speakers confirmed so far: Angela Wood MA (Maryvale Institute), Sr Carino Hodder OP (Dominican Srs of St Joseph), Lianne Pap (Archdiocese of Birmingham and Maryvale Institute), Paul Northam (Archdiocese of Birmingham), Beccy Roseman (Kenelm Youth Trust, Archdiocese of Birmingham), Canon Jonathan Veasey (Birmingham Diocesan Education Service), Maggie Duggan (Birmingham Diocesan Education Service) and more, followed by breakout sessions. Session lead: Lianne Pap (Archdiocese of Birmingham).
  • Session 4, Tuesday 1st - Wednesday 2nd June, 2.00-6.30pm (London time):The New General Directory for Catechesis: Philosophical Reflections - Global Challenges. Speakers confirmed so far: Fr Marcus Holden, Bishop David Evans, Fr Paul Keane, Sr Dr Eleanor Gibson FMA, Fr Dr Rogi Narithookkil and more. Session lead: Dr Harry Schnitker (Maryvale Institute).

There is no cost to register and attend all sessions of the Conference, although we would encourage delegates to consider a donation of £5 or £10 or more towards scholarships for those enrolling on Maryvale Institute’s adult formation courses, to help support and train the catechists of the future.


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