Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis - Formation for Mission 

A two-year, part-time, distance-learning course for anyone interested in developing his or her own faith for the sake of explaining it to others.


This course (MCC) includes practical aspects of catechesis, as well as a solid foundation in key areas of theology and spirituality.


Twelve modules are studied over two years, introduced in 6 study days:

Year 1

Introduction to Catechesis

Foundations of Faith

Jesus the Christ

Introduction to Church History

The Church

Ways of Praying


Year 2

Old Testament

New Testament

Liturgy and Sacraments

Life in Christ

Mary in the Mystery of Christ and the Church



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


The study days are held in Chandler’s Ford. An annual retreat day is also offered for the students of the MCC course.


Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a Certificate in Catechesis – a Level 3 award. Cost: £675 each year.


Help to cover the cost can be available from Living our Faith Fund.



Here is what past students are saying

“Undertaking study through the Maryvale Catechesis course has been of huge value... Studying Church documents explains our faith in a way I have never experienced before, giving me a few "light bulb" moments. There are challenges too, but the course tutors are extremely patient and always keen to offer help and support. I thoroughly recommend the course as a way to learn more about our faith in fellowship with other Catholics.”


“I have found the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis to be a blessing... This course does need determination and commitment to complete twelve essays, each of between 1200 to 1500 words. This may seem a lot at first glance but with the course material provided in a module, and the recommended reading clearly given, knowing what to leave out was more of an issue. Excellent course tutors [were] guiding us on what to focus on and also being supportive, encouraging and patient... Two years I thought would be a long time but here I am at the end of the course!”


“Having undertaken the course it has enriched my faith journey enormously. It has opened up to me the treasures of the Catholic faith and Catechism. It has aided the formation of my spiritual life, made me more confident in talking about my faith to others and I would not hesitate to recommend this course to others.”


“Found the course excellent. I have now joined the Confirmation group and feel confident to participate in this. Having knowledge and confidence has led me to talking to lapsed Catholics and encouraging them to return to church even if it’s only one event. I also find it helpful for the bereavement group that I am part of in the church, but am hoping to use it in other areas once my confidence gets stronger.”


“I thoroughly enjoyed doing the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis. It helped to deepen my faith. I am currently a catechist for the young people preparing for Confirmation. I now feel much more confident when attempting to answer their questions and if I don't know the answer I at least now know where I might be able to find it. I am also a chaplains' assistant at Hospital. Since doing the course I feel more confident when people ask me probing questions about the Catholic Church and I feel more confident in my own beliefs.”


“I have been a student of this course for the last 2 years and have found it invaluable. On a personal level it has helped me to develop my spirituality and has deepened my faith and my knowledge of Scripture and the Church’s teachings. It has also helped me to better understand the Popes encyclicals. On a parish level I am involved in marriage preparation and it has helped me to feel more confident in my responses to others about the Church’s teachings and to know where to look for help. As a result of being on the course I now feel equipped to be further involved in the evangelisation mission of our parish. I would recommend the course to others who wish to deepen their faith.”


The study days for this course will take place at St Edward the Confessor, Chandler’s Ford on the following dates: Saturday 27th October 2018, Saturday 9th February 2019 and Saturday 4th May 2019.



To find out more details and to register, contact Sr Veronica Brennan: maryvale @


Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau OP, Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, St Dominic’s Priory, Shirley Holms Road, Lymington, SO41 8NH. Tel. 01590 681 874. email: ffm @

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