Maryvale Institute director Fr Edward Clare (centre) and Vicar General (Pastoral) Ambrose Vaz sign the agreement as Maryvale’s director of Further Education Programmes, Dr Marie Cooke, looks on.

The Singapore archdiocese has signed an agreement with Maryvale Institute in the UK to provide its distance-learning Certificate in Catechesis for catechists in the archdiocese.

Vicar General (Pastoral) Msgr Ambrose Vaz signed the agreement at a ceremony on Nov 4 at the Office for Catechesis. Maryvale Institute was represented by its director, Fr Edward Clare, as well as its director of Further Education Programmes Dr Marie Cooke.

Maryvale Institute, based in Birmingham, is an international Catholic college with an outstanding reputation in catechesis and is recognised by the Congregation for Catholic Education as an institute approved to award ecclesiastical degrees through its affiliation to a Catholic faculty of theology. The institute is based in a historic Catholic centre which was once the home of Blessed John Henry Newman.

In Singapore, students will study each module of the Certificate in Catechesis on their own and submit written assignments. In addition, Maryvale lecturers will fly into Singapore for four study days each academic year for students to discuss sessions and gain additional insights from seminars.

The Certificate in Catechesis is part of the requirements for candidates undergoing training to be Archdiocesan Catechetical Trainers.

The Archdiocesan Catechetical Trainers’ Programme (ACTP), administered by the Office for Catechesis (OfC), is a two-year training programme which includes the Maryvale Certificate, the Basic Catechist Certification, Catechesis of the Good
Shepherd courses as well as supervised practicum in parishes and at OfC events.

ACTP trainees are sponsored by the Catholic Foundation and upon completing the ACTP, they will serve the archdiocese by assisting OFC in conducting catechetical training and programmes across Singapore.

The day after the signing ceremony, the first two study days were conducted by Fr Edward and Dr Cooke for the inaugural batch of 19 ACTP trainees who come from various parishes.

“I am very excited to be able to study again to deepen my faith,” said Ms Merlyn D’Cruz, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) coordinator at Blessed Sacrament Church. On why she decided to sign up for the ACTP: “This will help me become a better catechist not just in CGS but also in doing parent formation and everything else I do.”

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