Welcome to the School of the Annunciation
The School of the Annunciation is a centre for adult formation at all levels, responding to the Church’s call for a New Evangelisation, in which the Catholic Faith is joyfully transmitted anew in all its beauty, depth and vigour. Here you have a sure place for finding the fullness of the faith known, loved, prayed, taught and celebrated.
It is also a Catholic Institute of Higher Education, for higher studies in the Catholic Faith, such as the MA in Catechesis and Evangelisation, validated by Franciscan University Steubenville, Ohio.
Situated in the extensive grounds of Buckfast Abbey, on the edge of the beautiful National Park of Dartmoor in Devon, England, every programme of the School is harmonised with the rhythm of the Divine Office sung each day by the community of monks at the Abbey.
The School of the Annunciation offers a range of courses in key areas of the Catholic faith to support the New Evangelisation. All are rooted in the Church’s Scriptures and living Tradition and present the teachings of the universal Magisterium. Courses being developed use a collaborative-distance-learning model of short residency periods, course texts and online interaction for personal student support. Course details will be announced as they become available.
School of the Annunciation Prayer
Mary, Mother of the New Evangelisation, as you prayed continuously with the Church at the beginning (Acts 1:14) be united with us now in prayer. Help us to return to the school of Nazareth and to echo your words in the hour of the Annunciation: "let it be to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38).
Help us to rejoice in the wonder of the Incarnation and with you to treasure all these things and ponder them in our hearts (Luke 2:19). Obtain for us the courage to take our stand with you beside the Cross of your Son (John 19:25) in the hour of Redemption.
Guide us as we set out along all the ways of the earth to bring to our brothers and sisters the light of faith, hope and charity (Luke 1:39). All to the praise and adoration of the Most Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and forever. Amen.
Aylesford Priory, 3-4 November 2016