Maryvale Institute

Marriage & Family Life Studies Centre

Short-term funding is sought for the development costs needed to set up a Centre for Marriage and Family Life studies at Maryvale Institute. The new Centre should be self-funding within 3 years. The new Centre will, among other activities, consolidate and evolve of the work in family and parentship education begun in 2001.

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With the decline and devaluation of the family unit in secular society, a new wave of thinking in the Church and numerous individual thinkers, have urged Maryvale to consolidate its practical and didactic work with families in a Centre for Marriage and Family Life Studies based at the Institute. The Centre will build on the work of Maryvale's Department for Parish and Family Catechesis drawing together empirical knowledge of social and secular difficulties that militate against the family and sharing pertinent catechetical methods in courses at further education, postgraduate level and localized projects. Plans for this development have the support of the Archbishop of Birmingham, bishops of England and Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Scandinavia as well as having the broad support of the John Paul II Institute based at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome. It is planned for the Centre to be self-financing from fees after three years in 2011. Of the £210,000 required £45,000 was given in 2008. A further £50,000 is pledged over the next two years. £115,000 is still needed.