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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
For priests and parish catechists
For liturgical ministries

Certificate courses:

A 2-year course, run in partnership with Westminster Education Service
Cost: £400 for the whole course.

Bursaries may be available, contact Anna Dupelycz  annadupelycz@rcdow.org.uk

Information for 2021-22:

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 started in September, running online on Saturdays from 10am - 4pm but it is possible to join for Module 2 and catch-up on Module 1 at a later date. Module 2 starts on 6th November. Module information and dates can be found on RCDOW Education website,

There are also a couple of places in a group running on a Monday, 4-6pm, who are mid-cycle and will begin Module 4 on 8th November.

We hope to start a new group in February, online, on a weekday, 4-6pm., possibly on a Wednesday (TBC)

Please contact  Margaret Hanley ccrs@rcdow.org.uk  if you are interested in joining, have any questions or just want to know more about what is involved. 

This is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning course, which is completed in two discrete stages – Part I and Part II - 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. The course is designed for parish catechists, employed or volunteer, and for those considering this and general parish ministry.
Cost: £450 per year and £25 registration fee.
The course starts on 23rd October 2021, with a study day online.
For more information on the course content, further information and application forms, please contact Anna Dupelycz at the Agency for Evangelisation.
Email: annadupelycz@rcdow.org.uk
Phone: 020 7798 9026
Alternatively, see information and apply online at Maryvale Institute.

Bursaries may be available, contact Anna Dupelycz annadupelycz@rcdow.org.uk

Other courses: London Jesuit Centre (LJC)

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

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 catadmin@rcdow.org.uk 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  St Jose Anchieta 
July Clelia Barbieri 
September St Andrew Kim Tae-gon 
October St Pope John Paul II

Formation for Liturgical Ministers

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.