THE AIM OF THIS COURSE IS to give a comprehensive academic and practical training to men and women who wish to become fully competent catechists.
The Course consists of 24 work papers, which are worked at home, in the student’s own time and using books as required.
The Final Examination is worked under the same conditions as the previous papers at home in the student’s own time and using books as required, but it is assessed by an Independent Examiner. The Course also requires that a year’s practical teaching be completed to the satisfaction of the student’s Parish Priest and certified as such by him. The practical work may be done concurrently with the course.
The Course can be completed in two years, but full allowance is made for personal circumstances and family commitments. Students from many different walks of life can obtain this Diploma. What is required, however, is a love of the Faith, a desire to pass on their love and knowledge and an ability to undertake the study involved.
On successful completion of the course work and final examination, and on receipt of a certificate from the Parish Priest stating satisfaction with the practical teaching, the student is awarded the Diploma. This is recognised by the Hierarchy of England and Wales and is signed by the Bishop of the Diocese in which the student resides.
It will be appreciated that, as Catholic Catechist is responsible to the Hierarchy, the standard of the Course is high. It is under the general supervision of the Director of Studies.