About - Testimonials

Testimonials from Former and Current Students

Student Feedback

These quotes are from students attending recent residential sessions as part of their courses...

"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)

"These [sessions] have been invaluable because the ‘one to one’ tutorials we have had, the specialists in our field and advice/feedback with sharing opportunities with other students to evaluate one another’s presentations has been especially helpful (along with the format and informal conversations we have also had the benefit of)."

Year 3 MA Student talking about tutorials - February 2017

"It was a good and essential residential weekend for me. It enabled me to discuss with my supervisor, evaluate what I have done so far and develop suggestions arising from my group presentation. My tutorials with my supervisor were especially helpful”.

Year 3 MA Student talking about their study weekend - February 2017

"Fr. Eddie’s lectures were fantastic + inspiring Mass – have learnt so much from him. Marie Cook’s session on sacraments – so informative + enjoyable – really benefit from real life examples- Thank you! Thank you for the opportunity to enrich my faith- and hopefully help others. MCC – highly recommend it to others."

FE Student - February 2017 (MCC)

"A good level of guidance about completing the assignments. A good level of background information to help form ideas about what has to be done. Helpful reference to publications and reading materials."

FE Student - February 2017 (MCC)

"Good lectures and visual aids. Course books excellent. Support excellent. Every aspect of the day has been encouraging, enlightening, a much better understanding of what is expected from me, more confidence and I feel ready to move on doing the course with vigour."

FE Student - February 2017 (MCC)

"Very good tutors who know about their areas of teaching. Good food. Good environment for learning."

FE Student - February 2017 (MCC)

"Sense of community, Peaceful atmosphere, Enthusiasm of speakers. Course books are comprehensive and very clear."

FE Student - February 2017 (MCC)

"The lectures are very inspiring. The sisters always make us welcome."

FE Student - February 2017 (MCC)

"[Tutors are] so encouraging and helpful – great to know how much support is available. Thank you."

FE Student - February 2017 (MCC)

"I have enjoyed the positivity and the enthusiasm of the speakers at today’s session. Very necessary at this stage..."

FE Student - February 2017 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"Listening to Marie, she is inspirational and makes me want to do things better. It is also brilliant to have the chance to discuss parish with others – to know we are not alone."

FE Student - February 2017 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"I think the day gave us encouragement to persevere and to keep Christ at the centre of everything and not give up when it’s tough! All great! So interesting!"

FE Student - February 2017 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"All very positive. Interesting PowerPoints, talks which raised awareness of issues in parish/church and good discussions."

FE Student - February 2017 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"Open discussions, excellent presentations bringing together themes of parish and mission."

FE Student - February 2017 (CPMM, Edinburgh)

"Fr knows his subject and he is able to convey his enthusiasm to his audience, to carry his class with him."

FE Student - February 2017 (CABI)

"The class which Fr. Joseph has taken, very informative, interesting and deepen the knowledge the link between Old and New Testament. Fr. Eddie also delivered the lecture well. Brilliant teaching on Scripture by Fr. Ziggy who not only knows his work, he loves it and it is obvious in his presentation."

FE Student - February 2017 (CNTS)

"Many thanks for your comments concerning my essays - I have now completed all six and I wanted to express my gratitude for your kind words and advice."

FE Student - February 2017 (CNTS)

"Please convey my gratitude to Maureen Chatfield [tutor] for the very helpful comments and feedback on my essay and lesson plan. All much appreciated and it will help me with the next assignment."

FE Student - February 2017 (CCRS)

"It was a worthwhile experience and an opportunity to engage with other students and lecturers. The tutorials were very helpful and encouraging.”

Licence in Catechetics Student talking about their study weekend- January 2017

"Discussions… were thought-provoking and the session, especially the opportunity to learn from different cultures”.

Licence in Catechetics Student talking about the content of lectures - January 2017

"I found the structure of the day very well organised – it worked very well. We were assured of continuing support."

FE Student - January 2017 (MCC Study Day)

"Marie Cooke’s engaging delivery. The joy of being with like-minded people. The inclusion of the Mass and prayer."

FE Student - January 2017 (MCC Cork)

"That I really have made a good choice in context of this course, both for me as an individual and my role in my community. Looking forward to my journey of faith. This was well presented today in a very proficient and professional manner. Well done!"

FE Student - January 2017 (MCC Cork)

"The enthusiasm and passion of our speakers. I found it very energising to be able to re-visit the tenets of our faith, to be able to discuss with fellow catechists and to renew bonds with fellow catechists and the community."

FE Student - January 2017 (MCC Study Day)

"I am very grateful for all of the sweet staff and the time they so generously took to answer my questions and concerns. Also, it was so lovely to have the Chapel open at all hours so that we could pray.”

Year 1 MA Student talking about their study weekend - January 2017

"The enthusiasm and passion of our speakers. I found it very energising to be able to re-visit the tenets of our faith, to be able to discuss with fellow catechists and to renew bonds with fellow catechists and the community."

FE Student - November 2016 (MCC Singapore)

"Inspirational teaching by Fr. Paul and Fr. Eddie, many thanks! The Mass – African music so joyful. Meeting other people on various courses."

FE Student - October 2016 (MCC Study Day)

"I found the session on both study skills and course content very helpful. I am reassured on how to proceed."

FE Student - October 2016 (MCC Study Day)

"This morning it was very helpful the explanation of how to manage our time and process of our study skills. Marie Cooke is simply wonderful how she encourages each and everyone of us. I’m excited to study and deepen my Catholic faith. Thank you so much for being so helpful!"

FE Student - October 2016 (MCC Study Day)

"A worthwhile programme, very organised day. A good level of information from seminar sessions. A lot of encouragement."

FE Student - October 2016 (MCC Study Day)

"[I appreciated] being made to feel relaxed and any anxieties put to rest. Meeting with fellow parishioners and new people."

FE Student - October 2016 (MCC Study Day)

"Enjoyed talking to other students, sharing views and experiences."

FE Student - October 2016 (MCC Study Day)

"The positive atmosphere of the tutors. Great encouragement and clear instructions about the course and the requirements about the essays."

FE Student - October 2016 (CSC Study Day)

"Today gave me an idea of how to structure my assignment including relevant quotes and resources."

FE Student - October 2016 (CSC Study Day)

"Everything has been positive (including the lunch!!), but especially helpful are the printed notes on the history of the Old Testament."

FE Student - October 2016 (CNTS Study Day)

"The atmosphere of Maryvale is wonderful, both as a serious place of learning and as a place alive to the mission of Jesus in the world. I have enjoyed studying the modules and am seeing a real impact both in my own faith and in my work, thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm and passion shown by the lecturers."

MA Student - December 2016

"I have LOVED the progression of the material presented in the modules. It has been beautiful to see the way Maryvale has organised the modules in such a way that they build on an overall theme."

Year 2 MA Student talking about their study weekend - September 2016

"[I] would recommend the Licence to MA students. As [I attend] a final weekend of residential lectures, I reflect upon the spiritual, theological, practical training here at Maryvale and know that it has enriched my life."

Licence in Catechetics Student talking about the study residential experience - September 2016

"It is always a blessing to come together to share, discuss, challenge and support each other. Thank you for designing our programme of study so thoughtfully and thoroughly."

Licence in Catechetics Student talking about the study residential experience - September 2016

"I found the sessions helpful especially because they gave me the opportunity to present a catechetical debate and enter into discussion and dialogue with others. There is no substitute for this kind of experience, with the insight, encouragement and helpful criticism of colleagues and professors."

Licence in Catechetics Student talking about the study residential experience - September 2016

"Excellent! Very helpful and sharing of great ideas!"

Year 2 MA Student talking about their study weekend - September 2016

"I am currently writing my MA dissertation on the Marriage and Family Life pathway and would highly recommend any of the Courses at Maryvale. For me, this MA has certainly been part of my conversion experience for both my marriage and family life. All are welcome to consider taking up a Course and no one should feel too old to study. As a stay-at-home mama of 3, my past 2 and a bit years in Maryvale has been a life-giving experience. When I count my blessings, I count this twice! My study in Maryvale has afforded me plenty of opportunities to grow in faith and appreciate the gift of being a wife, mother, sister and friend. People from all over the world travel to Maryvale as it’s affordable and has an excellent caring and devoted staff. Whilst we are nourished by beautiful Liturgies during Residential weekends, another unique selling point is the fabulous cooking of the Bridgettine sisters! I dare anyone to find a better deal!!!"

Year 3 MA Student - August 2016

"My time at Maryvale has been a blessing, since the lecturers themselves are not just devout believers but also real. They have such an appetite and desire to help me 'get it'. They are all a treat and a blessing to work with and anyone who comes to Maryvale, open and surrendered to learn, will leave with much more than they dreamed of... This has been my personal experience and I wish it for prospective students. I came thinking, as a cradle Catholic, I knew so much, but each trip to Maryvale confirmed how little I knew. I am still learning and grateful for the humbling experience which has blessed my marriage and family life. I would highly recommend the Marriage and Family Life pathway for any married person. Be ready to be challenged and rewarded!"

Year 3 MA Student - August 2016

"Warmest thanks to Dr Tracy Cattell for her guidance on our final oral examinations."

Year 5 BDiv Students - July 2016

"'I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks,' (William Shakespeare). I would like to say at least many thanks for your information, help and support during the whole year(s) because 'silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone,' (G.B. Stern). My thanks also to Father Michael and the whole team at Maryvale."

BDiv Student - July 2016

"I really appreciate everything - Maryvale, you are doing a great job!"

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"A deeply informative study day - very intelligent and beautiful teacher - studies are intellectual, faithful, with practical wisdom."

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"A deeply informative study day - very intelligent and beautiful teacher - studies are intellectual, faithful, with practical wisdom."

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"It's a miracle and a gift to have the possibility to study with this perfect Institute."

FE Student - June 2016 Study Day (Minsk)

"Being with others on a shared journey and academic staff committed to helping us grow and achieve our potential."

Year 1 MA Student - May 2016

"The content was very good, but equally so, for me, was the time spent listening and speaking with my peers. It is a privilege to study with them and I look forward, God willing, to being present with you all in September."

Licence in Catechetics Student - May 2016 Residential

"Really excellent residential. Very happy with everything. Thank you to all involved."

Licence in Catechetics Student - May 2016 Residential
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