25 Sep 2011

25th September 2011 - 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - Maryvale Institute

On this weeks programme we explore Maryvale Institute, a Higher Institute of Religious Sciences, in Birmingham, our regular Gospel reflections, some spiritual musical and our weekly run through the saints of the week.

The weeks podcast is now available.

Maryvale Institute

Lorraine introduces a short series of interviews with various people involved with Maryvale Institute.

Maryvale is both a place of worship and a Higher Institute, providing distance learning opportunities in Catholic Theology, Evangelisation, Catechesis, Philosophy, Ministry and Religious Education at every level from short, informal courses to BAs, MAs and research degrees. The range of levels offered enables students from all backgrounds to develop their full potential and obtain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications.The Holy See has now erected Maryvale as an Ecclesiastical institute so that it can also offer degrees of the Holy See, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Dr Farey introduces us to Maryvale Institute looking at the history and inspiration behind what is now an international college. She discusses how the work of the Institute contributes to the religious formation of the laity which is the desire of the Church to encourage the laity to engage with their faith. The Institute seeks to lead the laity to the "living sources of the faith" to help explore and understand Scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church and using those as springboards to the vast treasury of the Catholic faith. She takes us through the various courses on offer from Maryvale describing how there are courses for the "professional" student and those people who just want to explore their faith at their own time and speed.

Lorraine also has a number of conversations with students of the Maryvale Institute about their experence of studying at Maryvale and how it has contributed to their faith journey.

  • Dr Caroline Farey - Academic Assistant to the Director for Ecclesiastical Development, Head of Catechetical Formation, Course Director License in Catechetics, Reader in Catechetics.
  • Barbara Davies - 5th year student - Bachelors of Art in Divinity
  • Kathleen O'Donnell - 5th year student - Bachelors of Art in Divinity
  • Lynda Sanders - 5th year student - Bachelors of Art in Divinity

Gospel - Matthew 21:28-32

John and Lorraine take us through a reflection on a challenging gospel this week and how we are called to live our lives being open to the message of love of God. Although we may be sinners like the "prostitutes and tax collectors" the welcome message of God is always open to us if we are open to listening and accepting it.

Other reflections on this weeks gospel:
Saints of the Week

26th September - St Cosmas and St Damien
27th September - St Vincent de Paul
28th September - St Wenceslaus
29th September - Ss Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael - the Archangels
30th September - St Jerome
1st Ocober - St Therese of the Child Jesus ("The Little Flower")

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