Foundations of the Faith for the New Evangelisation
Formation rooted in prayer for all those desiring to know the Catholic faith better, and be better equipped to tell others about Christ the Lord.
An 18 month online course with 6 training days
at St Cuthbert's Conference Centre, Buckfast Abbey
Start Date: 25th February 2017, 9.30 am
In forming adult Catholics for the third millennium, the last three Popes have made it clear that the context is now the New Evangelisation, a context markedly different from the previous century and needing new methods and new vigour to deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour, a message ‘forever ancient and forever new’.
This formation is for adult Catholics especially those who support parish life in its richness and sacredness, its fellowship, prayer and charity. It is for parents, grandparents and catechists, for readers, and those involved in children’s liturgy and anyone keen to know and appreciate the faith of the Church more deeply and be better equipped to defend it and pass it on.
The School of the Annunciation, a centre for the New Evangelisation, is situated at Buckfast Abbey, Devon, with other centres being developed around the UK. The context of the Benedictine monastic community has prompted the development of the programme within the Benedictine Tradition as a spiritual home that is already nourishing the new evangelisation by its hospitality and daily rhythm of prayer in the liturgy of the hours.
This programme is developed and lead by a strong catechetical team, steeped in the Church’s catechetical documents especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and priests will be involved in lecturing.
Plymouth Diocesan Certificate
We are delighted to announce that Bishop Mark O'Toole of our diocese of Plymouth has endorsed our Foundations in the Faith course at Buckfast Abbey. Plymouth Diocese will issue certificates to those who complete this study course.
Part 1 of the Course
Christ, the Way the Truth and the Life
Sources of the Faith
Part 2 of the Course
The Search for Happiness
Handing on the Faith: the New Evangelisation
As well as the study days, most of your study will take place in your own home at your own pace. Each unit will be available to download from the School of the Annunciation website and you may read these on your own computer or other electronic device or print as required.
The study is very practical. Each unit is divided into four chapters. As you read through each chapter, short activities help you consolidate what you have read. These are generally for your own notes, but may, if you are not sure, be sent to your Course Leader for support. At the end of each chapter there is a short assignment (a Task) which you complete and send to your Course Leader for comments. These are to be completed as you work your way through the Unit.
Formative assessment at the end of the Unit is by collating three of the four tasks into one document for marking and grading.
There are also four practical tasks which are introduced at each weekend to complete at home and send to the Course Coordinator for comments.
Assignments for marking are seen by a different person who reads and comments on your work, gives you a grade and sets you a target for the next assignment.
You will have as much support as you need from the School of the Annunciation staff, who will guide you through your study and answer your questions. Mostly this will be in the form of emails, as well as face to face contact at study days.
Required texts for the whole course
Other reading (mostly Church documents) will be recommended from time to time.
Training days take place at St Cuthbert's conference centre at Buckfast Abbey, beginning at 9.30 am and ending at 4.30 pm. These include lectures on the Catholic faith, workshops on practical skills as well as times of prayer and reflection. The training days for 2017 are:
- Saturday 25th February 2017
- Saturday 27th May 2017
- Saturday 16th September 2017
All aspects of the course are important and attendance at each of these days is mandatory for gaining the award.
The course fees for 2017 are £360 for 9 months. Registration fee of £50.
Accommodation at Buckfast Abbey
Accommodation is available at Buckfast for those that wish to stay. To book, please contact Northgate House by following this link.
For further information about the course, please email the course leader Carol Harnett email@example.com. For help with booking your place on the course, please contact the course manager Frances Roxburgh firstname.lastname@example.org or call the School on 01364 645660.
Deadline for applications:
Friday 10 February 2017. We cannot guarantee a place to those who apply after this date.
You have a 14 day cooling off period which starts from the date of application. Beyond this date the School is unable to offer refunds.
1 Course – this term refers to an entire series of studies which may result in a qualification, for example the Diploma in the New Evangelisation (referred to as a program in US terminology).