Centre for Catholic Formation – Archdiocese of Southwark

CCRS Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) offers an introduction to the central teaching and beliefs of the Catholic tradition. The modules are taught through lectures and group discussions in a friendly environment. The CCRS is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales; it is open to anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.

We offer a two-year course on Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm at the CCF in Tooting Bec and at The Angelus Centre in Erith, Kent; and an intensive one year course at the CCF in Tooting Bec on Tuesdays from 9am to 6pm.

For the two year course an assignment tutorial will be offered at the CCF after each module.
Each module of the one year course will be preceeded by a 2 hour preparation task, being part of the required module time. The course can either be taken for credit with assignments or as audit only with no assignments.

Contact Us

For any enquiries or general questions.

Telephone Numbers:
Office: 020 8672 7684
Facsimile: 020 8672 8894
E-mail Addresses:
Office: [email protected]
Bookshop: [email protected]


The Diocesan Catechetical Certificate is available at the CCF in Tooting Bec. If you are interested in this course, please contact : 01364 645660 who will be able to give you more details and tell you when the next enrollment dates are.


School of the Annunciation : Centre for the New Evangelisation

Catechist Foundations Course for the New Evangelisation

A formation Programme for catechists of today rooted in prayer in the Benedictine Tradition. This is a distance-learning course of 18 months duration with study days, Lectio Divina days and 12 study units.

New Formation for Catechists

In forming catechists for the third millennium, the last three Popes have made it clear that the context is now the New Evangelisation, a context markedly different from the previous century and needing new methods and new vigour to deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour, a message ‘forever ancient and forever new’.

The School of the Annunciation, a centre for the New Evangelisation, is situated at Buckfast Abbey, Devon, with a satellite centre at Ealing Abbey.  The context of these two Benedictine monastic communities has prompted the development of the programme within the Benedictine Tradition as a spiritual home that is already nourishing the new evangelisation by its hospitality and daily rhythm of prayer in the liturgy of the hours.

This programme is developed and lead by a strong catechetical team, steeped in the Church’s catechetical documents especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and many priests will also be involved in lecturing.

Two Centres of Delivery:

Buckfast Abbey, Devon    :        Ealing Abbey, London

For further details : 

[email protected]  or 01364 645660

Diploma in 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 course for?

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.







We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee because by thy Holy Cross, thou hast redeemed the world.