Adult Formation

Year of the Word 2020

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has designated 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and the ‘The God Who Speaks’. A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who translated the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures into Latin, the language of the Western Church.

Find out more on The God Who Speaks website.

Copies of Verbum Domini are available in the Abbey Bookshop at £3.95. ‘A Year with the Bible: 365 Daily Reflections’ by Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB is also available in the bookshop at £16.95.

Theology, Religion, and Ethics Foundation Year at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Countless people ask theological, religious, and ethical questions every day. But many do not have the opportunity to pursue these questions in a structured academic setting. The St Mary’s Foundation Year in Theology, Religion, and Ethics provides access to higher education for those who might not gain access through the traditional routes. You might be looking to explore a broader context of your own faith. Maybe you’d like to find out what some of the best minds of human history have to say about the search for meaning. Or perhaps you simply want to get re-qualified in something you’ve always been passionate about.  Either way, St Mary’s offers an academically excellent programme combined with high levels of pastoral support to set you on the right track for future success. For more information see the Theology, Religion, and Ethics (with a Foundation Year) page.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The CCRS Course was launched in support of Bishop Richard’s Pastoral
Plan in September 2019. The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies has been
established since 1991 and aims to provide an introduction to Catholic theology
and give an understanding of the central truths of our Faith. It is open to
teachers working in Catholic schools, catechists, people involved in pastoral
and liturgical work and other interested adults. Full details can be found at For more information and to express an
interest in attending the course, please contact Jon Harman, Adviser for
Formation and Spirituality, at the St Philip Howard Centre: 01293 651157 or