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The Agency for Evangelisation is committed to supporting the ongoing spiritual, pastoral, educational and catechetical needs of the people of Westminster, its vision and model of formation being Christ Himself:

'Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart' (Matthew 11:29)

‘Learn From Me’ is the title given to the overall provision of formation for parishioners who are involved or wishing to be involved in the ministry and mission of the parish in areas of parish ministry and catechesis. Formation ranges from short informal sessions in parishes to certificate courses provided by partnership organisations such as Westminster Education Service and the Centre for Catechetics and Formation, Maryvale Institute, Birmingham.

Here you will find information on what the Agency has to offer as well as links to websites and Catholic institutions offering courses at different levels and of varying lengths. As this is an evolving project of the Agency, please check back here for updates.

Diocesan Short Courses

Formation courses for catechists are now being offered by the catechetical team.  These can be either parish specific or hosted by a parish and open to catechists across the diocese.  For further enquiries contact Mary Crowley 

Certificate Courses

A 2-year course, run in partnership with Westminster Education Service. The CCRS may be able to help you in the important role of parish catechesis. The course gives a basic theological knowledge and we are a supportive and encouraging learning community. A new group begins online on 9th February 2022.  Application form available here. Catechists seeking information contact  Anna Dupelycz

A two-year, part-time, distance-learning course in partnership with Maryvale Institute. The course is designed for parish catechists, employed or volunteer, and for those considering this and general parish ministry.
For more information on the course content and application forms contact Anna Dupelycz 
Alternatively, see information and apply online at Maryvale Institute.

Independent Study

For those considering their own formation, these sites might be helpful:

Scripture:
Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Year of the Word - The God Who Speaks

Catechesis:
A study guide to Pope Saint John Paul II's landmark document on Catechesis, the 1979 Apostolic Exhortation 'Catechesi Tradendae'

Various topics:
London Jesuit Centre

Liturgical Study:
Aimed at anyone with a love of liturgy, ‘Taking Liturgy Seriously’ is a new online modular course led by The Society of St Gregory (SSG) and the London Jesuit Centre.  For more information and to register, go to Taking Liturgy Seriously

Bursaries available from SSG.

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 are currently suspended, with further leaflets only to be added as indicated.

January  St Francis de Sales

February St John Bosco

March St Katharine Drexel 

April  St Pedro de San Jose Betancur

May St George Preca 

June  St Jose Anchieta 

July St Clelia Barbieri 

August  Pope St Pius X

September St Andrew Kim Tae-gon 

October  St Ursula 

November  St Andrew Dung-Lac 

December St Peter Canisius