Catholic Theology and Practice

On Thursday afternoons, we run our course, Catholic Theology and Practice. The programme is designed to be flexible, and is, for example, a good entry point for those thinking of resuming study after a lengthy gap; or for graduates in a discipline other than theology who need to have appropriate formal theological study before applying for the MA in Pastoral Theology.


  • Although it’s not compulsory, students who want to write assignments or essays can do so in consultation with the Director of Studies. These can be set for different levels of study.
  • The programme is currently taught on Thursday afternoons from 2–5.30pm. Teaching is followed by Mass and community supper.
  • The course comprises five modules a year offered on a three-year cycle. Students can join at any point and study for anything between one and three years. It is possible to register for one semester or even for just one module.
  • A transcript of courses attended is available on request.




Lent 2020

Jesus’ Ancestresses in Word and Art: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary

Thursday afternoons, 16th January–6th February

Course leader: Dr Rosalie Moloney

The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17 names only five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary.  For centuries people have been intrigued by the inclusion of these diverse and often unorthodox women. Exploring their individual stories through Scripture, commentary, literature and art offers an opportunity to understand their significance both in their own context and in the context of Matthew’s genealogy. The four-week course will include a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum, which contains works of art in a variety of media depicting all five biblical characters. Reading Matthew’s Gospel may never be the same again.

To apply, please contact our administrator using the online form, by email – – or by phone – 01223741039.

£170 for the course

Living the Life of Christ: Engaging the Imagination in Spiritual Practice

Thursday afternoons, 13th February–5 March

Course leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop

To apply, please contact our administrator using the online form, by email ( or by phone (01223741039). £170 for the course.

Easter 2020


Thursday afternoons, 23rd April–14 May

Course leader: Dr Férdia Stone-Davis