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at Buckfast Abbey - Devon

 

Annual Catechetical Conference

 
3rd - 6th August 2017

This is for you, priests, new and experienced catechists, those involved in sacramental preparation, children’s liturgy and all those involved in some way in passing on the Catholic faith to others; you are all welcome.

Come listen, pray and discuss vitally important themes in order to grow doctrinally and in the art of communication in the real life circumstances of parish life, catechetical programmes and evangelisation in today’s’ world. 

Lectures and workshops are provided by the experienced and highly qualified staff of the School of the Annunciation plus guest speakers.   

2017 Theme: Evangelisation in Relation to Sacramental life

Who is sacramental preparation really for? 

What has evangelisation got to do with it?

Evangelisation is first about conversion, then catechesis and formation, and then sacramentalisation.  Over the last century or so, as Catholics in Britain, our parishes and schools have been good at these second and third aspects - at catechising and sacramentalising - but what about the first, what about converting?  Bishop Philip Egan, 2016

There is an urgent cry from the Church to keep thinking of ways to evangelise as an essential and vital step before sacramental preparation is undertaken.

The conference this year has a range of speakers, both priests and catechists, to inspire, inform, encourage and support anyone involved in evangelisation or catechesis in this urgent question. 

There will be resources to examine, discussion and workshops as well as inspiring talks each morning.   

 

We know that “The liturgy is the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 10).

We know that drawing people into a liturgical life draws people to the fount of divine grace and mercy from the loving heart of the Blessed Trinity, to the joy and peace of reconciliation in Jesus Christ and to the powerful guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

We also know that the large majority prepared for the sacraments of initiation do not participate in them once initiated.

We will focus on what the Catechism of the Catholic Church helps us to understand: the three interconnected requirements, for the liturgy to produce its wonderful fruits in peoples’ lives:

The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church": it must be preceded by evangelisation, faith, and conversion. It can then produce its fruits in the lives of the faithful: new life in the Spirit, involvement in the mission of the Church and service to her unity. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1072)

Date: 3 - 6 August 2017.

For more information: please contact Dr Caroline Farey at c.farey@schooloftheannunciation.com or by calling 01364 645600.

Cost: The cost for the conference £345. There is also a £50 registration fee payable upon application. For those who wish to attend only the classes, there is a day-rate of £80.

How to Apply: Click here to download a registration form.

Cancellation Rights: You will have a 14-day ‘cooling off’ period which starts from the date of your application.

The conference normally begins at 6.00pm on the first day and finishes at lunchtime on the last day.  The four days are designed to include lectures and workshops in the context of experiencing the rhythm of daily prayer of the resident Benedictine monastic community of Buckfast Abbey.

We look forward to welcoming you! 


 

The Inaugural conference took place 25th – 28th July 2016

with the theme of: The Most Holy Trinity and Catechesis

Speakers included:

•    Fr Guy de Gaynesford, the Rector of the School of the Annunciation who received his Licence in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

•   Dr Dominic Doyle, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston, USA.  

•    Dr Caroline Farey, who received the ‘message for catechists’ from Pope Benedict in 2012 for her work in catechesis and catechist formation over 20 years. 

 


 

Catechetics for Clergy Course

A programme of talks and seminars, to give clergy renewed confidence in the joy of transmitting the faith in accordance with the Church’s own principles of the ‘pedagogy of God’. The course is set in the context of the daily Divine Liturgy, excellent facilities and the beautiful setting of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

The designer of the course, Dr Caroline Farey, has been delivering talks and workshops of this kind for many years, in, for instance, the three seminaries of Allen Hall, London, St John’s, Wonersh and St Mary’s, Oscott, and more recently to groups of priests around the country, having been appointed as one of the three lay women experts at the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelisation for the transmission of faith.

  • This programme can be delivered on request anywhere in the UK, over 1 to 4 days.
  • Dates are to be confirmed for the next session at Buckfast Abbey.
  • For further information please contact: enquiries@schooloftheannunciation.com 

We know that  “The liturgy is the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows.” (SC10). 

We know that drawing people into a liturgical life draws people to the fount of divine grace and mercy from the loving heart of the Blessed Trinity, to the joy and peace of reconciliation in Jesus Christ and to the powerful guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

We also know that the large majority prepared for the sacraments of initiation do not participate in them once initiated.

We will focus on what the Catechism of the Catholic Church helps us to understand: the three interconnected requirements, for the liturgy to produce its wonderful fruits in peoples’ lives:

 “The sacred Liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church’: (SC9) it must be preceded by evangelisation, faith, and conversion.  It can then produce its fruits in the lives of the faithful: new life in the Spirit, involvement in the mission of the Church and service to her unity.” (CCC1072)