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The word "Catechesis" is rooted in the Greek verb katekhein, to resound or echo. St. Luke in Acts uses the verb as "instructing in the way of the Lord."  Catechesis is based on Scripture, Tradition and Liturgy, as well as on the teaching authority and life of the Church. Its purpose is to develop a living, explicit and active faith through the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church. A systematic formation to become a catechist includes the study of the history, nature, goals, principles and process of catechesis.

Catechetics is interdisciplinary since it draws from other fields, such as theology, biblical studies and social sciences. Its main concern is a process of growth in the faith. Therefore, the purpose of catechetics is to instruct the individual in the teaching of the Bible and the Tradition of the Church.

This part of the website gives full details regarding the various opportunities on offer to every member of the diocese.

Summer Gathering for Catechists

Our annual Summer Gathering for Catechists of the Diocese this year - 'Catechists - Missionaries with Mud on their Shoes' - will take place on Saturday 10th July, 10am - 2.30pm, via zoom. Full details can be found here .

We look forward to seeing you.

External Training Courses

The diocese is working with external institutions to provide recognised training programmes for catechists and anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of the faith. For more information, please email:

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'Learn from me': Certificate in Catechesis

This two-year part-time distance learning course, which currently includes online Study Sessions with tutors from Maryvale Institute, as well as the pastoral support of the Catechesis Advisers at the Agency for Evangelisation, is designed for parish catechists, employed or volunteer, and for those considering this ministry.

Cost: £675 per year and £25 registration fee.

Watch this space for information on the new intake for 2021.

For more information on the course content Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis

For information and application forms, please contact Anna Dupelycz at the Agency for Evangelisation,


Phone: 020 7798 9026

Catechist Training Courses being run in the Diocese

Events Are Postponed or Cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Future Events will be Hosted online via Zoom by the Catechetical Team.

Events for booking will be listed soon. Thank you for your interest.


In conjunction with Westminster Education Service, we are now able to offer CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) online.

A new group started on 1st February 2021 on Mondays 4-6pm.  Watch this space for future application dates.

It usually takes 18 months to 2 years to complete, although participants can pause their study, having a maximum of five years to complete it.  Current cost : £400; bursaries available from the Agency for Evangelisation.

For course information, please go to CCRS or e-mail Margaret Hanley at

For bursary information contact Anna Dupelycz at

Spiritual Support for Catechists: Reflecting on Saints and Blessèds of Catechesis

This series of reflections has been inspired by an exhibition of banners of 24 saints and blessèds of catechesis from every continent that was mounted during the II International Catechetical Congress that took place in September 2018 in Rome.  The leaflets posted below are a summary and presentation in printed format of virtual evenings held for and with catechists as part of their spiritual support.  These sessions take place during the first week of each month, dates posted on the website.  To join the virtual sessions, please register with Warren at so a Zoom link can be sent beforehand.

October  St Ursula

November  St Andrew Dung-Lac

December St Peter Canisius

February St John Bosco

March St Katharine Drexel

May St George Preca

June 10th St Jose Anchieta