School of the Announciation - Centre for the New Evanghelism School of the Announciation - Angel Statue
at Buckfast Abbey - Devon


Diploma in the New Evangelisation

Two-year, part-time course in Catholic theology and the New Evangelisation

The Diploma in the New Evangelisation offered by the School of the Annunciation aims to respond to the great need of our times - the need for a New Evangelisation of our culture at every level. It aims to foster joyful enthusiasm for the mission of transmitting the Christian faith, enabling the gaining of the essential knowledge, understanding, and skills for a creative and reflective participation in the Church’s call for this New Evangelisation. 

Who is the course1 for?

What past students on this course say:

"The quality of the teaching we encountered at the residential made it an experience that was not only highly educational but a real privilege to participate in."

"What comes over so strongly is the genuine passion and enthusiasm, dare I say awe, teachers have for their subject."

"Everything was planned beautifully... Fellowship with students and staff was palpable. Also appreciate the way moodle has been set up in regards to interaction with other students."

The Diploma is suitable for all those interested in passing on the Faith of the Church as the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is for all adults, and provides an accessible but thorough general foundation programme for parents and catechists. For teachers it provides invaluable ongoing formation. It will deepen the formation of all those in other pastoral services in the parish and wider Church community. 

What does the course cover?

The Diploma is an applied programme, covering knowledge and understanding of the Faith, and also providing the opportunity to grow in confidence and skill in the transmission of the Faith in a range of settings.

For the Church, ‘evangelisation’ means bringing the Good News into every aspect of human life and culture. Attention is therefore given in this Diploma to formation for giving an initial witness and proclamation of the Faith; formation in the Deposit of Faith, so as to enable the provision of a systematic and comprehensive catechesis; and an introductory formation in that deeper appreciation of the mysteries of the Faith, sacred theology. 

Year 1 Modules2

Module 1. Introduction to the New Evangelisation

Module 2. Handing on the Deposit of Faith for a New Evangelisation

Module 3. Drinking from the Wells of Grace: Verbum Domini 

Module 4. The Soil for the Seed: Contemporary Culture and the New Evangelisation.

Module 5. Philosophical Requirements for the New Evangelisation 


Year 2 Modules

Module 6.  New Evangelisation and the Craft of Transmission

Module 7. New Evangelisation and the Search for Happiness

Module 8. New Evangelisation and a New Apologetics

Module 9. New Evangelisation and the Path of Beauty

Module 10. New Evangelisation and the New Media

How do I take the course?

You study mainly from home, following prepared texts and online. You attend two long weekends each year in the beautiful setting of the Abbey at Buckfast. As well as having the opportunity to spend time with teachers during your stays at the Abbey, you have the support of dedicated personal academic tutors who provide regular guidance and feedback on your work.

How much time will it take?

The Diploma is normally studied as a two-year, part-time course, requiring approximately 15 hours per week over a 40 week period. Ten modules are taken in all, five in each year. Each module is equivalent to 12 UK credits (6 ECTS) and is studied over a two month period. Each year, therefore, students complete the equivalent of 60 credits, studying for a notional 600 hours; over two years, a notional 1200 hours, equivalent to 120 credits. This 120 UK credit equivalent would gain, if validated, a Certificate in Higher Education.

At what level is the course offered?

"the Diploma is intended by the School to be the first year of a full degree in Catholic Theology and Evangelisation."

A stand-alone qualification from the School of the Annunciation, the Diploma is offered at Higher Education level and is intended by the School to be the first year of a full degree in Catholic Theology and Evangelisation.

More information on the 2018 - 2019 academic year is forthcoming.

How can I apply?

You can download an application form here.

If you would like to fill in an online application, you can do so here: Apply Online.

Further questions you want to discuss?

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Please contact us by phone 01364 645660 or email  We will be happy to deal with any enquiries you have.

1 Course – this term refers to an entire series of studies which may result in a qualification, for example the Diploma in the New Evangelisation (referred to as a program in US terminology).

2 Module – one of the units which make up a complete course, for example Metaphysics (referred to as a course in US terminology).