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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.

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.

This course will  begin in October 2020.

Applications welcome, deadline 9th October.

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.